In my 32 years of life, I’ve done my fair share of travel. I’ve been on many international long haul flights and shorter domestic flights, and I’ve learned a few things along the way. Specifically what to pack in a carry on!
This may seem like a simple task – just throw in your travel documents, a book, maybe a toothbrush and you’re good to go! Not so fast, my friend.
More than once, I’ve experienced the following scenario:
1. Arrive at destination, excited but in desperate need of a shower and a change of underwear.
2. Go through customs, hurry to baggage claim area.
3. Watch other travelers excitedly pointing out their suitcase on the conveyer belt, grabbing it, and going off on their merry way.
4. Smile with half happiness, half jealousy because I’m still waiting for my suitcase.
5. Continue watching suitcases on conveyer belt.
6. Watch as suitcase numbers dwindle down.
7. Plaster fake smile on my face and think positive thoughts – “my suitcase is coming next!”
8. Realize, after standing at empty conveyer belt for 10 minutes, that my suitcase is not, in fact, coming next.
9. Crawl into the corner of airport, hug knees to chest, cry. <<<ok I didn’t actually do that part, but I wanted to.
After experience this one-too-many times, I realized that what to pack in a carry on isn’t something to take lightly. Because if you have to wait days for your checked baggage to arrive, you’re going to need access to some must-haves!
I have my “carry on packing list” down to a fine art now. So in the interest of helping you avoid scenario number 9, I’ve put together this carry on checklist.
Simply click on the image below to download it.
Additionally, I’ve put together a list of a few of my favorite carry on items.
Best lightweight carry-on suitcase – this Samsonite Winfield Suitcase is lightweight, expands for added storage space, is TSA approved, and has 360 wheels.
Best travel pillow – unlike cheaper travel pillows, this Cabeau Evolution travel pillow is made with high quality memory foam and provides 360 degree support for your head and neck. It also has a washable cover which is handy considering how many germs are floating around in an airplane >.<
Best travel sickness tablets – as someone who feels nauseous at everything from riding in the backseat of car to swinging on a swing, I love finding a natural anti-nausea remedy. These Zaca Recovery Chewables are great because they contain antioxidants and electrolytes and can also aid in recovery after a couple too many drinks or an intense workout session!
Free Carry-On Packing Checklist Printable
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