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
- 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
- Important medications
- 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.