I'm Taking Nothing But a Carry-On With Me to Russia—Here's What I'm Packing

Updated 06/26/18

As MyDomaine's managing editor, I'm fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel to far-flung destinations from time to time. Which is to say, I've learned a thing or two about editing the contents of a suitcase down to the bare essentials. This past year alone, I've traveled to the Middle East, Europe, and South America—all with just a carry-on in tow. In the interest of helping you similarly lighten your luggage for all your upcoming summer travels, I'm sharing the international travel packing list I swear by in anticipation of my next trip.

Keep scrolling to find out exactly what I'm packing in my carry-on for a nine-day trip to Russia.

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Away The Bigger Carry-On $495
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I love Away's The Bigger Carry-On, which boasts enough room for up to 10 outfits. As an added bonus, the spacious suitcase also has a built-in charger, which always comes in handy when my phone inevitably reaches 10% battery life right before boarding.

eBags Packing Cubes $20
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I'll admit that I bought these packing cubes solely based on their 1459 glowing Amazon reviews, and, at the risk of sounding hyperbolic, they've changed my life. When I arrive at my destination, all my clothes are organized and (mostly) wrinkle-free. 

Yamiu Travel Shoe Bags $12
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I also bought these travel shoe bags based on rave Amazon reviews (what can I say, I trust the people), and they live up to the hype. They're waterproof, durable, lightweight, and reusable, unlike the plastic grocery bags I used to wrap my shoes in.

Roipetk Steamer $32
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Packing this little device means leaving behind a pair of shoes, but what's worse than unzipping your suitcase only to find all your clothes wrinkled? It's worth the trade-off in my opinion.

Kindle Paperwhite $90
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As an avid reader, I've been known to try to fit three (or more) books into my carry-on. But when I'm traveling light, I reach for my Kindle.

Apple AirPods $159
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When I'm not reading, I'm listening to a podcast. I love that these wireless headphones don't require untangling a mess of cords in order to tune in.

Silk Eye Mask
Slip Silk Eye Mask $45
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Getting a good night's sleep is so important for arriving at your destination rested and ready to make the most of your trip. I put on this luxurious silk mask when I want to get some shut-eye mid-flight.

Herban Essentials Mini Eucalyptus Towelettes $7
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I started packing these antibacterial cleansing towels after MyDomaine's editorial director endorsed them. Now I swear by these towelettes for wiping down my seat and tray table after boarding.

Boneco Travel Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier $50
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This travel-size humidifier is always the first thing I pack. It helps with dry skin and congestion (notorious byproducts of air travel), and I always get a better night's sleep when I have it on. 

Pai Skincare Anywhere Essentials Instant Calm Collection $38
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Rather than siphoning off my coveted skincare products into separate travel containers, I opt to buy the mini-versions of my go-tos. Not only are they TSA-friendly, but they also making identifying my cleanser from my moisturizer infinitely easier than non-descript plastic bottles.

Newvanga Travel Adapter $13
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I added this affordable travel adapter to my list of carry-on essentials after MyDomaine's senior editor, Sophie Miura, recommended it. It works everywhere from Europe and the UK to Australia and Asia.

Anker Portable Charger $46
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Yet another travel gadget with countless five-star reviews on Amazon, this portable charger is a necessity when I'm relying on Google Maps for directions overseas.

Next up: MyDomaine editors share their tried-and-true international travel tips.

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