Don’t Be Left Out: 8 Things To Always Pack In your Carry On

150610-luggageWhen you travel you hope your checked luggage will arrive with you at your destination. Unfortunately, you cannot always be sure this will be the case. There are also items which you want to have access to when you travel.

You want to put the items you will need in your carry-on so you do not have to either do without them or replace them if your checked luggage is delayed. Some items in your carry-on may be simply to make the travel more relaxing.

  1. You need to keep your medications in your carry-on. This way you will be sure to have them when you need them. If you don’t want to carry all medication with you at least carry enough of your necessary medication to last a few days. If you are susceptible to burning or itching eyes, carry eye drops with you. If you lips are apt to get dry carry lip balm.
  2. If you have room carry a change of clothing. If you cannot carry a full outfit change at least carry a change of underwear in your carry-on. If your luggage is delayed you’ll be glad you have something clean to put on.
  3. If you are traveling for a lengthy period of time you may want to pack some soft comfortable socks to wear so you don’t need to keep your shoes on.

packing04-1024x7684. If you think you will want to nap you can include a good eye mask to block out the light. You may also want to include noise canceling ear buds or a set of ear plugs.   This way you can block out the sounds around you. You won’t need to listen to the drone of the airplane engine or the crying of a fussy baby or whining of a fussy child.

5. You need something to hold your small items and keep them together in your carry-on. A quart size zip lock plastic bag works very well and is container approved by TSA, You can put a good number of item in one bag.

6. You want to have your device chargers with you. You also never know when a flight will be delayed and you will be stuck at an airport for several hours. A travel outlet strip with a short cord can be a lifesaver if your electronic devices need to be charged. You can plug your outlet strip into the one wall plug at the airport and several devices can be charged at once. Other passengers will be happy to see the additional outlets too.

7. You don’t want to take a chance on arriving at an airport when you are hungry and it is either too early or too late to get something to eat. To take the edge off your hunger pack a few granola or energy bars in your carry-on.

8. You may feel the need to freshen up after a long trip so you may want to carry face wipes. These come in handy either to clean up or to cool down in a warm humid climate. A travel toothbrush and toothpaste or a disposable pre-pasted toothbrush can help you feel more refreshed. Sanitizing wipes for your hands will help keep them cleaner.