How to Pack the Perfect Carry-on Bag

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Anyone who travels will know that a well packed carry-on bag can mean the difference between an enjoyable and a miserable flight. Even with that knowledge, most people still tend to pack their carry-on bags as an afterthought, forgetting crucial items and paying for it in-flight. Avoid being part of this despondent majority and take the time to properly plan and execute your carry-on luggage, taking into account items you will need for comfort, for entertainment, to eat and of course, those important documents you’ll need for check in, customs and boarding.



  • Neck pillow
  • A scarf; (which you can later use as a blanket, pillow or for lumbar support)
  • Eye mask
  • Ear plugs or noise cancelling headphones
  • Extra clothing
  • Tissues
  • Vaseline, lotion and/or lip balm
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush; (and perhaps a travel size of deodorant)



  • Books and magazines
  • Electronics – (tablet, laptop, phone, camera) – and their chargers


Snacks and drinks

  • Water bottle
  • Protein- and carb-rich snacks
  • Gum
  • Important medications


Important Documents

  • Valuables like jewelry and glasses
  • Boarding pass
  • Passport or ID
  • Your flight itinerary


And don’t forget to consider the actual bag, in addition to things you will be filling it with. Look for a carry-on bag that will fulfill a few important requirements:

  • Your carry-on bag should be able to comfortably fit underneath your seat or in an overhead storage bin. Chose a size that will not only accommodate your belongings, but is suitable for everyday use once you reach your destination.
  • Having plenty of pockets and compartments will make the act of organizing your belongings simpler and will make it much easier to locate things in-flight. Look for a bag with hidden compartments for money, passports and other important items and documents.



Written by Zakiya Kassam

Zakiya Kassam

Zakiya is a freelance writer/editor based out of Toronto.

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