With summer is full swing, and many of us getting ready to leave on vacation, I thought it would be the perfect time to come up with a quick list of what to pack in your carry-on. First let me say that I always over pack, even after so many years of traveling, I just always feel as if I’m leaving something behind. And I’m also not the kind of person that likes to go shopping for toothpaste when I get to my destination…I want to spend all my time sightseeing and relaxing. So naturally, packing my carry-on is very important to me. Since most of the flights I take average 9 hours, after a while, I start to feel a bit claustrophobic, so I need to feel comfortable and keep busy to make the time go by faster. I also like to carry some snacks for all of us, as we sometimes forgo the plane meals, or fall asleep during the meal times. Here are my carry-on must-haves:
I love to buy a large bottle of water at the airport and keep myself hydrated during the flight. Snacks like almonds, Cheerios and peanut butter are healthy and yummy. We always pack gum too, as it helps with the ear popping during take-off and landing. And of course, a little piece of chocolate never hurt anyone!
My husband always makes fun of me saying I carry a small CVS in my bag. I always bring my travel document holder (which includes itineraries, boarding passes, emails from hotels and our passports), my iPad to watch movies, with of course a good set of Beats headphones, a good book and some cozy socks. But I also need to pack things like Advil for headaches (which I tend to suffer from), Visine for my eyes, which get very dry when I’m flying, some hand cream and a travel toothbrush. If you’re wondering about the Afrin, I also get very congested sometimes. And of course I never leave home without some hand wipes and my camera!
So, what are your carry-on must-haves? I’d love to compare notes in case I’m forgetting something!