Complete Carry-On Packing List for Your Next Work Trip - Skye Hotels

Complete Carry-On Packing List for Your Next Work Trip

Travelling with just your carry-on is a convenient and fuss-free way to get around, particularly on interstate business trips. Having the freedom of carrying just your hand luggage allows you to skip long queues at the airport, meaning you don’t have to worry about lugging around large suitcases on public transport. This allows you to get to your destination with confidence and ease.

What to pack in your carry-on luggage

Documents and essential items

Travelling on a work trip requires packing important business documents and materials, as well as essential documents such as your identification papers and plane ticket. It’s helpful to store these documents all in the one place, such as a folder with clear pockets. You can slide it into the outer zip of your travel case for easy access or when you need to grab your identification in a hurry. Here is a list of essential documents to take with you on your carry-on luggage:

  • Boarding pass
  • Passport
  • Copies of flight confirmation, electronic visa receipt, and itinerary
  • Address of destination
  • Personal planner
  • Wallet with cash, Debit/Credit cards, driver’s licence, medical insurance card and travel insurance card
  • Mobile phone with charger
  • Laptop/Notebook/iPad with charger


Deciding which toiletries to pack can be difficult when travelling with carry-on due to airline restrictions. Because you’re taking your carry-on luggage with you on the plane, you must limit the liquids you pack and also ensure that you don’t accidentally pack any aerosol cans or sharp objects, such as tweezers or straight razors. These types of items are not permitted in carry-on luggage.

For Australian flights, liquids must not exceed 100ml. This includes any product that isn’t solid such as liquid foundation, hand sanitizer, moisturisers, and toothpaste. To ensure you are under the 100ml limit, pick up a toiletry travel pack from your local pharmacy or travel store, or purchase small bottles of which you can decanter your shampoo or skincare items into.

When travelling carry-on, all toiletries must be sealed in a transparent bag. Most hotels will offer complimentary toiletries, so unless you really need to freshen up during your flight, you can safely go without and just use toiletries at your hotel, or pick up any essential items at your destination. If you are packing toiletries, note the liquid limit and consider the following items:

  • Face wipes/baby wipes. These can be used on the face and body for a quick, easy way to freshen up.
  • Chapstick
  • Roll-on or stick deodorant
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothbrush and travel sized toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Moisturizer or face spray. Airplanes dry us out, and a travel sized face spray is a great way to help soothe dry, tired skin.
  • Sunscreen
  • Hairbrush
  • Medications and first aid supplies (including Imodium and paracetamol)


Packing your carry-on clothing can also be difficult to navigate, but sticking to the essentials will help to avoid over-packing. For work trips, packing basic items of clothing such as pants, skirts, and shirts in dark colours will allow for a couple of extra days’ worth of wear, since darker clothing shows less signs of wear and tear.

If you do happen to run out of clean clothes, your hotel may have an on-site launderette. This can help to ease your mind if you do happen to get caught out or if you have to extend your trip but have limited clothes on you. Consider wearing a smart yet comfortable travel outfit for the plane which can double as loungewear during your downtime. The following clothing options will be sufficient for your work trip carry-on luggage:

  • A black or neutral blazer/jacket
  • Two white shirts
  • A cardigan or sweater
  • One pair of black pants or a black skirt
  • One pair of work shoes and one pair of leisure shoes
  • Enough underwear for each day plus a couple of extras. You never know when you may want to change clothes or freshen up a bit more.
  • Socks or a pair of stockings
  • Pyjamas. Consider a set combining a button-down shirt and a pair of bottoms. The shirt can be unbuttoned to form a makeshift robe.
  • A tie and belt and any accessories such as jewellery.

Additional items

Depending on the length of your trip or plane journey, you will most likely need some extra items to help make the stay more comfortable. Here are a few additional items to consider packing into your carry-on luggage:

  • A book or Kindle reader
  • Headphones or earplugs
  • Sleep mask
  • Travel pillow if you’re travelling long-haul
  • Makeup
  • Sunglasses and reading glasses
  • Contacts and saline solution
  • Pens, pencils, writing pad
  • Mints or chewing gum

Packing smart for work travel

Packing your carry-on bag or suitcase is simple once you have a list of essential packing items to go off. You may include other items or remove some items on the list depending on your personal travel needs and length of stay. In any case, you can check with your destination hotel and see what facilities and conveniences are offered during your stay.

Skye Suites are fully equipped for the travelling businessman and businesswoman, providing all modern amenities such as complimentary toiletries, housekeeping, laundry service, fitness centre, a 24-hour front desk with complimentary luggage storage, as well as a 24-hour convenience store located nearby for any items you may have forgotten or are in need of.