8 Vegan Carry-On Travel Essentials for Your Next Vacation

Before you take off on your next vacation, be sure you’re ready to go with all your travel essentials. To help get your travels off to a great start and make your plane trip as comfortable as possible, I’ve rounded up my top vegan-friendly carry-on luggage travel essentials. 

Because let’s face it, there’s nothing like getting on a plane and being uncomfortable the entire flight before reaching your final destination. Especially if it’s a long flight! All the more reason to ensure your carry-on bag is all packed and ready to go with all the essentials to make your flight easier and relaxing. 

Here’s a list of my top vegan-friendly carry-on travel essentials sure to make your trip comfy, relaxing and stress-free…

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8 Carry-On Luggage Travel Essentials for Vegan Travelers

1. Carry-On Bag

In case you don’t already have one, a good carry-on bag is a must. Personally, I like traveling with a backpack. Whether it’s a day adventure, weekend getaway or a long trip, I don’t leave home without my backpack. It just makes it easier to carry and load up your immediate travel essentials and have them handy for when you need to reach for them. And if you’re looking to upgrade your carry-on suitcase, this one from Calpak Travel is a great buy. 

2. Luggage Tag

Another must is a luggage tag. This vegan leather luggage tag from Kate Spade is cute or this one from Calpak with a portable charger is also a great find. Not only does it make it easy to identify your bag or luggage, it keeps your contact info intact in the event it gets lost in transit. 

3. Travel Wallet 

What I love about a travel wallet is that you can fit everything in it without having to carry things individually.

This travel wallet from Beis is vegan friendly and fits all your immediate travel documents and more. I know for me, it’s important to have everything all in one or chances are, I’ll end up losing something. I don’t want to have to juggle things around to pull out a credit card, license or passport. It just makes life so much easier and less stressful. Just stick it in your backpack and you’re good to go.

If you prefer a crossbody, the Everywhere Belt Bag from Lululemon is a great buy. I have it in rose blush but it looks like they sold out of that color. 

4. Portable Charger

When you’re traveling, we tend to use our phones more than usual… For pulling up flight info, using travel apps, social media and so much more.

The cell phone travel usage quickly depletes the battery charge so having a portable charger is an absolute must and not something you want to leave home without. The last thing you need is to end up with a dead phone when you’re waiting for your Uber ride or need help finding your way.

5. Essential Toiletries

If you’re running around the airport in search of food, coffee, running in and out of shops for last minute purchases, or on your way to catch your flight while lugging your luggage around, you’ll want to have good deodorant to feel refreshed and comfortable during your flight. Especially if it’s a long one! 

While there are many vegan deodorant brands, I’ve found this one from Sol De Janeiro to be my favorite one so far. These plant-based deodorant wipes from Pacifica also come in handy and make a perfect addition to your carry-on stash!

Zero waste types of toiletries like a shampoo and conditioner bar, body wash bar, chewable toothpaste tablets, and rollerball perfume also make it easy to pack into your carry-on and don’t take as much space as the typical wasteful containers. 

I would also recommend packing washclothsPoo-Pouri (You never know when you’re going to need it!) adding in a de-stressing meditation mist to keep your face feeling fresh throughout your flight.

6. Reusable Containers and Utensils

Packing your own reusable water bottle, cutlery set or coffee mug not only reduces your carbon footprint while traveling, it ensures you only drink and eat from animal-free products while keeping you away from unwanted germs. 

With staffing issues these days, there’s no telling what is truly clean and what has been disinfected or not. Keeping your travels Covid safe by taking extra precautions, is your best bet.

7. Healthy Snacks

Something you may not be aware of is that you can travel with a food bag (this can be a reusable canvas bag or tote) without it being counted as a personal item. However, the food must be in solid form such as fruits and vegetables, ready to eat sandwiches (in a sandwich bag) or snack bars like Larabars

If you don’t want to carry a separate bag, you can easily pack your snacks in your carry-on or backpack. Just be prepared to take them out at the TSA checkpoint.  

8. Bamboo Neck Pillow

If you’re packing for a long or overnight flight, this eco-friendly, bamboo eye mask and neck pillow are a must. You may want to throw in a travel blanket too, to help you cozy up and ear plugs to tune out the noise. 


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