Pack This, Not That: The Travel Items a Seasoned Jetsetter Won't Board a Plane Without

Traveling is fun but it can also be taxing on your body, especially when your job requires you to be on a plane every other week—because let’s be honest, planes are breeding grounds for bacteria. So, how do you stay healthy and make your flight more enjoyable? In our new series, Pack This, Not That we ask regular jetsetters—from CEOs to entrepreneurs—to share the carry-on essentials they won’t board a plane without.

As the wafts of warm air slowly start to make their way in to replace the cool breeze of season’s past, we can almost taste the adventure that summer promises—’tis the season after all. Even if you’re not planning a trip to the Italian coast, summer beckons us to voyage outside of our comfort zone and explore new terrain off the beaten track.

Regardless of what escapade you’re planning for the summer, you’ll need to pack your bag but for us, perhaps the most important is the carry-on items. These airplane essentials can make or break a long-haul flight and save us when we’re sandwiched in for hours with zero leg room. So, to find out what to pack in your carry on, we asked seasoned traveler, Ally Betker. As the editorial Director of Away luggage and the editor-in-chief of Here Magazine she is constantly packing her bag for a new adventure and we’re so excited to share the carry-on items she won’t board a plane without.

Nature’s Way Activated Charcoal Pills

Nature's Way Activated Charcoal

“These have saved me time and time again, especially in places where the cuisine is tough on the gut, like India and Mexico.”

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist

“I discovered this product inside the Cathay Pacific toiletry kits and now I’m a convert. It’s super light and smells great, while also being super hydrating.”

The Everywhere Bag from Away

Away Everywhere bag

“I’m not an over packer but I definitely stuff this guy full. It fits everything: laptop, toiletries, snacks, water, library books. Plus, it fits perfectly under the seat.”


12-inch Macbook

“I love working on planes, especially if there’s no Wi-Fi—it’s often the only time I’m completely uninterrupted.”

RX Bars

RX bars

“These are my favorite snacks to bring with me when I travel—they’re super filling, so they work for an afternoon pick-me-up or for breakfast on mornings when I just want to get up and go.”

Blistex Medicated Lip Balm


“This is my #1 beauty essential no matter where I am. There’s nothing worse than having chapped lips.”

Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum

Vintner's Daughter serum

“It’s expensive but it’s worth it, especially after long flights. I haven’t found a better product to restore and nourish your skin after a flight. It seriously seems to moisturize from the inside out.”

que Bottle

Que Bottle

“The most recent addition to my travel arsenal. I never go anywhere without a water bottle, and this one collapses for ease of transportation.”

Shinola Hard Linen Journal

Shinola hard journal

“Picture me at 36,000 feet, journaling and quietly weeping.”

What are your carry-on essentials? Share them with us below.

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