Things To Pack In Your Carry-On
The sun is shining, days are long and the smell of sunscreen is nearly everywhere you turn. With all that summer bliss surrounding us, why are we so stressed out when it comes to vacation time? One of the top stressers leading up to a summer vaca is planning the trip. Before we even leave, we’re stressed about forgetting the essentials, missing a connecting flight or losing luggage.
To help reduce the weight of vacation stress, we’re giving you our top essentials to pack in your carry-on. Whether you want to fit everything in the bag, or you’re just worried about the necessities, our list will help ensure you stress a little less as you board.
Clothing and Hygiene
From a spill on the plane to an unexpected layover, you never know when you’ll need a change of clothes. Pack the necessities that will keep you feeling clean and comfortable, even when the unexpected occurs. A few pair of clean undergarments, thin layering tank top, and easy throw on dress will easily fit into a carry-on. Pack a cosmetic bag with a few hygiene items like a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, towelettes and face wipes. Include a green cleaning mist to help remove sweat or airplane scents from your clothes.
Always keep your medications in a carry-on in case your checked luggage finds a different destination. There’s no limit to how much prescription medication you’re allowed to carry on as long as you follow the Transportation Security Administration’s rules – each item must fit inside a three-ounce container, and all containers must fit in a one-quart bag – for liquids, gels and aerosols. If you’re fearful your medicine may be damaged by going through the x-ray machine, just request their checked by hand.
If you’ve ever been crammed against the window and stuck beside a Chatty Cathy, you know the value of ear bugs or a nice book. Don’t forget your comfort items when it comes to packing the carry-on. A portable DVD player, iPod, or magazine can make the difference between a comfortable plane ride and an unbearable long one. Don’t forget the snacks. Solid food items are permitted, so if you’re facing an extended flight, pack your favorite things to nibble on.
Checked luggage goes through a number of tosses before arriving at baggage claim (hopefully at your destination), so if you have anything of value, pack it in the carry-on. Whether it holds sentimental or financial value, you’ll feel better knowing it’s with you than leaving it to change with the rugged trip ahead. Items like a laptop, camera, electronic, financial documents and jewelry should always stay with you.
What Is The Carry-on Bag Size?
Most airlines allow carry-on bags no larger than 22 x 14 x 9 inches but check with your specific airline before packing. If packing ahead of time and having your carry-on loaded with essentials still doesn’t ease all the travel jitters, try an essential oil roll-on to help achieve inner peace and enhance relaxation.