A peek inside my carry-on bag
Though I've always been a particular packer, in the last year I've perfected my version of a well edited suitcase. Since I’m usually traveling alone it’s up to me to lug the bags so I like to be a light as possible. One of the things that always blows my mind is the amount of stuff people bring onto airplanes as carry on items. When I’m checking a bag and don’t have to worry about liquids or large items (and assuming my daily items - wallet, phone, iPod, sunglasses, etc. - are in my handbag) here are my absolute carry-on essentials.
- Documents – Flight itinerary/hotel confirmation/directions/transportation info
- Makeup – if my luggage gets lost and I have to wear the same shirt for 3 days in a row, at least my face will look decent. (Purchasing single items of clothes in a pinch is much cheaper than temporarily replacing an entire makeup collection.)
- Laptop – fully charged
- Cell phone charger
- Travel liquids – only the necessities, usually just hand sanitizer/lotion
- Light jacket – I favor this military one. It’s light enough to crinkle into my bag or use as a pillow, yet warm enough to knock off the chill. Pashmina’s are another popular option. In fall/spring, I pack my heavy coat in my checked luggage and retrieve at baggage claim.
- Peppermint – in gum or candy form can help ward off nausea.
- Reading material – book and/or magazine’s
- Recycled napkins – grab a couple from Starbucks on your way to the gate and stash for a pre-landing facial oil blot. (Facial mists are popular for dry skin.)
- Bag of almonds & cranberries. Peanuts aren’t free anymore folks.
- Bobby pins – make an in-flight bun and remove upon landing for extra volume. (Don’t bother pre-bunning, some pins can set off the metal detector.)
- Jewelry case – keep the good stuff nearby at all times.
- Business cards – because locals have the best scoop!
All of the above plus:
- Cozy socks – an absolute must have, even in the summer. Not just socks, but the fluffy, furry kind. You’ll thank me. Airplane floors are freezing, especially in the middle of the night.
- Travel liquids – as above plus makeup removers/creams
- Toothbrush/Paste – you'll want this after 14 hours.
- DVD’s for in flight laptop movie viewing – don’t forget the headphones.
- Laptop charger
- Optional – Non electronic projects: this is an excellent time to write cards/letters/thank you notes or birthday greetings for the month. They’re lightweight and can be mailed from the hotel.
Sometimes I like to consolidate to a small over the shoulder bag so my i.d. and boarding pass are easily accessible, packing my larger empty handbag in my checked luggage. Additionally, you may feel the need to carry-on other electronic chargers, you never know when your flight will be delayed, cancelled or worse, lost luggage!
I hope these come in handy for you, at least now I have a list standard list that I can refer to in the future, until now, it’s been in an excel format.