After years of travel, you quickly realize that learning how to pack a carry on is essential. Recently, I found myself flying across the country with cracked lips, dry skin, and a dead battery. To say that this was uncomfortable would be and understatement and all because I didn’t take time to prepare. Over the years I have compiled a list of must-haves for airplane travel and I never realized how much I depend on them until I was without them. To save you from the same fate as myself, I have compiled my list of musts below to save you during your holiday travels.
I can’t leave a room without my phone, I certainly wouldn’t travel anywhere without it either. This probably seems obvious but this list is meant to act as a checklist so I decided to add it.
The first thing you realize when learning how to pack a carry on is that you need some form of I.D., and a debit or credit card. For U.S. Citizens traveling within the U.S. you’ll be required to have a REAL ID beginning October 1, 2021. Alternatively, you could travel with a U.S. passport if you do not want to upgrade to a REAL ID.
I never go anywhere without my sunglasses. You’ll be thankful you have them before and after your flight no matter where you’re going. There are so many health benefits to wearing sunglasses like protecting your eyes against UV rays. Additionaly, squinting for long periods of times can cause headaches, which is the last thing you’ll want when traveling.
There’s nothing I need more after a flight than a freshen up and makeup is just another part of that equation. I love my LeSportsac makeup case, it’s the perfect size to throw into my carry on and fits all of my essentials.
This one seems to be a must for me these days and an important step in learning how to pack a carry on. One too many photos on top of listening to music or running Netflix on my phone and I have a dead battery in no time. Recently I was on an extra long flight and dealt with a dead battery on my tablet. With no tangible magazines or books and 40 minutes left I was pretty upset I forgot my battery pack.
The last thing you need is your neighbors light shining in your face on a six-hour red eye. Take an eye mask to help drown out your surroundings and ease into a comfortable slumber. This is one of the items that makes learning how to pack a carry on so essential.
My fiance, an avid traveler, told me when we first started exploring together that you can bring food through security. Don’t ask me why but this had never crossed my mind. This changed everything, no more was I slave to a $15 dry sandwich with little-to-no flavor. Almonds are one of my favorite snacks, they’re low acidity and keep me full for hours.
It’s a well-known fact that planes are incredibly dry. According to an article from Frommer’s, airplane cabins have less humidity than the Sahara Desert! Because of this, I’m going to suggest a lot of things that will keep you moisturized. Nothing worse than being stuck on a 4-hour flight with bleeding cracked lips.
This is especially important to keep around while traveling. So many germs get trapped in the cabin of the airplane when in flight. My doctor once called them a flying, germ, tube which has made me feel uncomfortable ever since. Not only do I suggest using this on your hands but also on the tray table on the back of your seat and armrests. Better yet, my neighbor on a recent flight brought sanitizing wipes.
Like I said the air in a plane is dry and horrible so it’s a good idea to bring a lightweight moisturizer for your face. Like many others, I’m prone to acne while flying when my skin gets stripped of its natural oils and goes into overdrive to compensate.
Tooth Brush/Tooth Paste
I hate nothing more than the taste in my mouth after sleeping. The minute I wake up the first thing I do is go and brush my teeth. Packing a travel toothbrush and toothpaste is great for long flights to freshen up. Also, If your luggage gets misplaced you’ll be thankful to have that little bit of comfort.
Ibuprofen and gum
This is a great combo for those who suffer from ear pain while flying. Although my ears seemed to have adapted to the change in altitude I know a lot of people who still suffer from the pain. Save yourself a headache and pack a travel size Ibuprofen to take 30 minutes before your flight and gum for during take-off and landing.
Evian, mineral water mist
I’ve been in love with Evian mineral water mist for a couple years now after I had read that one of my favorite beauty bloggers used it. After a long day of travel, your skin will be screaming for some much-needed moisture and this tiny little miracle does just the trick. The aerosol spray delivers the perfect balance of hydration and minerals that your skin craves. Trust me, it feels so refreshing mid-flight.
It’s a classic for a reason and a savior to all those stiff necks. I certainly wouldn’t want to board any flight over 2 hours without it. This might sound odd, but I started wearing my neck pillow so the thickest part of it is in the front. Whenever I wore it the other way my head would fall forward, this way if it does fall forward the pillow is there to hold it.
We’ve all heard a screaming toddler at some point in our lives and usually, any parent will have the decency to take them out of the restaurant, now picture if they weren’t able to. That’s what plane travel is, sitting in one room for multiple hours with strangers and nowhere to go except for the occasional trip to the bathroom. Do yourself a favor and pack either one of these to keep your sanity.
Time is an incredibly important aspect in traveling and if you don’t do well at keeping it, I suggest investing in a watch. It’s so much easier to glance down at your wrist when you’re in a rush than grabbing your phone every few minutes. A watch is also a super cute and chic accessory.
Wrap it around your shoulders, put it over your eyes, use it as an impromptu pillow. There are so many reasons to wear this very versatile accessory that provides so much comfort.
Amazon Fire Tablet
Although I know some of you are all about Ipads, I really love my Amazon Fire tablet. Ringing in at about $149.99, it’s the perfect little accessory to shove into my carry-on. Within minutes I can have access to Netflix, and hundreds of magazines and books. It keeps me entertained for hours and ranks high on my must-haves for travel.
4 Port Surge protector with USB Charger
With this one little device, you can instantly gain tons of best friends. Too many times have I been faced with the dilemma of no empty outlets in the airport. With a 4 port surge, you can ask someone to replug in their device to one of your ports and it opens up plenty of more space for you to sneak in.
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