My Basic Packing List

This is Betty Blue– she is a good bag, but not perfect. We will get into that later in the gear review section.

First, we have to handle the basics. Usually I check my suitcase. It is free to check a bag (again we will come back to this and many other things). I find it much easier to move through airports when you are light, especially if you have a tight connection. Also, I never have to worry about the overhead space being full. Finally, I generally have something that cannot go through TSA. So I have found it is just so much easier to check a bag.


  • Scrubs: If you are lucky…. You have access to scrubs and don’t need to pack those. Often I will bring 2-3 quick dry shirts and wash them in the sink.
  • My work fleece
  • Stethoscope and printed resources (I am still old school)
  • Work shoes (I swear by dedicated work shoes for the ED) 


  • TRX
  • Yoga Mat
  •  Running shoes
  • 2-3 sets of workout clothes
  • Sometimes a suit for lap swims


  • Neti-pot/salt (I always regret it if I don’t bring it)
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/dental floss
  • My skin care regiment
  • Tweezers


  •  Good knife
  • Fork
  • Tupperware 1-2
  • One small bottle of Gluten-Free Chicago Seasoning
  • Tea/Matte and ALWAYS a few bags of “Smooth Moves”

The Cherished carry-on:

  • Scarf
  •  Headphones
  • Minimal chargers
  • I love my double USB plug
  • MacBook Air (more in the gear review)
  • Sealable Coffee mug – I love my Hydroflask
  • Book/Kindle
  • Glasses (sunnies and regular)
  • Any meds you need
  • Cellphone/wallet
  • Reusable bag shopping bag

Play Clothes are totally dependent on the plans….

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