Pack a carry-on Marie Kondo would approve of

We’re taking a page from Marie Kondo’s book and asking you if all the items your carry-on bag spark joy. Kondo, organization-extraordinaire, helps people from all walks of life organize their lives and live a happier life.

Organization is a necessary trait to have especially when on the road for business. Having a bag that is disorganized with items that aren’t essential to your trip can cause some major headaches during your trip. A chaotic travel bag could mean unnecessary purchases, losing important items, and other stress the average business traveler doesn’t have time for.

Though the destination may change, there are a few items that should always be left in business travelers’ carry-ons. Here’s our top items to pack for a stress-free, Marie Kondo-approved carry-on.


Power Bank
In case you don’t have one already, invest in a power bank – especially if you frequently travel. Leaving your phone plugged in to get to a reasonable percentage may not be an option while you’re running around from between gates or meetings. Power banks can save you a lot of stress.

Whatever you do, don’t forget the charger to your power bank, cell phone or laptop. Being in a completely different city or country isn’t where you’d like to have a dead device. Get an extra set of chargers to keep for travel.

Copies of Important Documents
In the unlucky event that you accidentally lose your passport or visa, you’re going to want to have additional copy in your carry on. You can thank us later.

Toiletry Bag
Your toiletry bag should store all your essentials, such as a toothbrush, comb and face wash. Having a small assortment of toiletries can help you freshen up when you need to. Additional Tip: You may want to pack an undergarment as well just in case.

Please don’t forget to pack all your medication. Aside from pain relievers, remember to include any vitamins or medications for other ailments (i.e. upset stomach, allergies, etc.)

Notebook and Pen
Even if you have your laptop with you, it may be a good idea to have a small notebook and pen to take notes. Better safe than sorry.