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Master Your Carry-On Packing List: Six Carry-On Must-Haves for a European Vacation

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Traveling to Europe this summer and unsure what to do about a carry-on packing list? We totally get it! The carry-on jitters are real; whether it's the worry of forgetting something significant or simply not having a clear idea of what you’ll need in your carry-on – it’s beyond stressful. With the right products, gadgets, and makeup products, though, you’ll find yourself easily packing your carry-on for a stress-free European vacay.

To help you master your carry-on packing list, here are eight carry-on must-haves that are Subtl-approved:

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Utilize Carry-On Packing Lists and Don’t Forget Comfortable Shoes and Clothes

Travel Shoes and Clothes Packing Tube

Being a Tetris lover comes in handy when packing. But being a Tetris lover with a carry-on packing list? Well – that’s a recipe for success! Make sure to add “a set of comfortable shoes and clothes” to the very top of your packing list. If you’re unsure about packing more stuff into your already cramped carry-on, try wearing the comfy outfit instead. Opting for clothes that don’t take up much space like leggings, slip-on shoes, and a T-shirt can also help.

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SUBTL BEAUTY PICK: If you’re still hesitant to take up space in your carry-on with an outfit or two, then we have the answer for you: a travel neck pillow that you stuff with clothes! Honestly, this neck pillow is the definition of a carry-on game-changer. If you’re using a luggage weight scale, you can still pack the pillow with up to 3 days of clothes. And it’s great to use for those souvenir T-shirts you’ll likely grab in Europe but not have the carry-on or luggage space for.

Slip Some Gum into Your Carry-On

Did you know that gum is a gem when it comes to traveling? For example, grabbing some gum from your carry-on to chew during the plane’s takeoff and landing can relieve ear pressure. It produces saliva that motivates you to swallow more, which then relaxes your ear tubes. Gum can also do a whole host of other things like freshen your breath, maintain your oral hygiene, alleviate boredom, and help pass the time. All of these things are so needed on a long journey to Europe, especially if you have a layover or two!

Gums for Travelling

SUBTL BEAUTY PICK: While there are plenty of gum brands on the market, it’s important to choose a healthy option as gum is usually loaded with sugar (sugar can cause your skin to lose elasticity!). The Tree Hugger Classic Bubble Gum is sweetened with natural sugar found in plants, but still chews and blows bubbles like normal bubble gum. The Tree Hugger Gum also comes in cute, travel-friendly pouches, making it a carry-on must-have.

A Good Book Can Go a Long Way

Planning to get a few work tasks wrapped up while en route to Europe? Even so, there’s still always a chance that you’ll find yourself relaxed and wanting to do something more chill like read a book. After all, by the time you zip through the airport to make it to your gate, you’re probably going to be exhausted. In this case, take advantage of the plane ride and read one of those books you’ve been meaning to get to. Before you know it, you’ll be packing a good book every time you travel.

Flock By Kate Stewart

SUBTL BEAUTY PICK: If you haven’t found yourself on BookTok yet, let us introduce you to the book that will change your life: Flock by Kate Stewart. It dominated Tik Tok, leading the writer to add more books to the trilogy. The summary of the book is very vague, which is on purpose. The story is absolutely beautiful, impactful, and meant to be surprising. Happy reading!

Bar Soaps Are a Carry-on Queen

As we mentioned above, TSA is super strict when it comes to the amount of liquids you can have in your carry-on. But by packing a good-quality bar soap in your carry-on, you can save on liquids. It’s important to choose a bar soap that has good ingredients as normal ones can dry out your skin, cause acne, and even leave a residue-like film behind. Some brands have solved the issue of bar soaps with organic ones that are beneficial for your skin, making them carry-on must-haves. 

Bar Soaps for Carryon

SUBTL BEAUTY PICK: Drunk Elephant is slaying the bar soap game. Their Baby Juju and Baby Pekee Bar Soaps are designed to cleanse while gently removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin (remember: clean, healthy skin is key for a flawless makeup application!). The soaps also come with a travel-friendly case, making carry-on packing easier than ever.

Liquid Bags Are a Game-Changer

If you don’t have a liquid bag for packing your carry-on must-haves then you’re missing out. They’re reusable and can carry more than a ziplock bag. And by ditching the zip lock bags in your carry-on, you’ll be saying goodbye to throw-away plastic waste. While TSA has strict guidelines on having liquids in your carry-on, it’s easy to forget how much you’re allowed to pack. To make things easier, remember the 3-1-1 rule: you can have a 3.4 oz bottle or less, 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic bag, and 1 bag per passenger. 

Pink Travel Toiletry Bag

SUBTL BEAUTY PICK: The TSA-approved WANDF Toiletry Liquid Bag is a definite carry-on must-have for your trip to Europe. It follows guidelines to a tee and is clear to make passing through TSA easy as pie. It’s also the perfect size to hold all of your travel bottles, cosmetics, shaving kits, and even makeup brushes (PS. It comes in super cute colors like pink!).

Add the Subtl Beauty Stack to Your Carry-on Packing List Today: It’s the Ultimate Carry-on Must-Have for Your Trip to Europe

Portable Travel Makeup

No more worrying about what not to forget when traveling with the ultra-trendy Subtl Beauty Stack. Gone are the days of leaving your beauty arsenal behind because your carry-on is full to the brim; the Subtl Beauty Stack is the ultimate carry-on must-have as it can replace your entire makeup carry-on and includes everything you need whether you’re a minimalist or maximalist. 

The small but mighty Subtl Beauty Stack comes with 3.5g of formula in each layer, which is enough for three months of daily use, along with a lid and makeup applicator. Each Subtle Beauty Stack is fully customizable and features only high-quality ingredients. It’s also perfect to use every day and not just as travel makeup.

Want to build a stack and enjoy the portability of Subtl Beauty on your trip to Europe? Take the quiz here to find the products perfect for you and your skin. Need a quick beauty fix before getting on the plane? You can grab one of these premade stacks. Either way, have a blast and remember: the Subtl Beauty Stack always has your back. 

Have you added the Subtl Beauty Stack to your carry-on packing list yet? And which carry-on must-have will you be snagging? Let us know in the comments!


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  5. https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/liquids-rule 

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