When you are traveling, that carry-one packing routine is almost always the same. I have created a packing guide to make your travels a total bliss.
Usually, when traveling you will want to bring a carry on bag or suitcase. Here are some recommendations for carry-on bags.
When I travel I bring my camera equipment and my MacBook Pro. I really like the Lowepro Fastpack 250 DSLR Camera Backpack because it has a compartment on the side for my laptop that allows easy access to it and it is great for also carrying my camera. The Case Logic SLRC-206 Camera & Laptop Backpack is a great option that is very affordable. If you are looking for a top of line really nice back, the ONA Big Sur Camera Backpack is my favorite. It is very comfortable fits my 15-inch laptop, camera, lenses, cords, batteries, wallet and has extra space for my other carry-on essentials. It’s the best investment for travelers.
A tote bag is always good to bring for putting under your seat for quick access. This large tote bag is great. It doesn’t get dirty easily, it is waterproof and super easy to clean. It is very sturdy and can hold a lot, including a 15-inch laptop.
When I pack any kind of liquids, I like to use these clear pouches. Because the are clear, it is easier for TSA to see what I have packed without having to dig through everything.
When I was a kid, they had pillows, blankets, snacks, meals, headphones all free to use on your flight. Nowadays, you never know if there will be enough pillows or blankets on the plane. It’s best to be prepared.
I’ve tried so many neck pillows, and for the convenience of easy packing and the comfort, I really like this inflatable neck pillow. It is easy to blow up, and it can be inflated to your comfort level.
The Unimi Sleep Mask is great because it blocks out all light and has a comfortable fit. It is great for both men and women. It is also soft to the touch.
Earplugs are a must-have for me. I love peace and quiet. I really like these earplugs, but any earplugs are better than none.
My flight outfits change depending on my destination, but I always make sure I have the essentials. These items will keep you comfy and looking your best:
I personally like to travel with my Birkenstocks. They are easy to slip on and off, they are great for walking in because they really support your feet and arches, but most of all easy to take off when going through TSA. They come in many different styles and colors to match any outfit.
I highly recommend bringing a sweater on your trip! Try to find a long sweater/cardigan so you can use it if you get cold, but you can also use it as a blanket.
As I mentioned above, I like to wear my Birkenstocks, because they are easy to slip on and off. I also like to bring compression socks, especially the SB SOX because they are comfortable. Trips can be long and compression socks are great for circulation. They also keep your legs and feet warm, in case you’re someone who is prone to getting cold.
Most airlines serve up a couple of options for meals onboard. I like to think of them as cardboard and indigestion. Always pack some snacks, especially on long-haul flights.
I like to bring some snacks with me. I have never been a big fan of airline food. I am also a bit of a picky eater. I would recommend checking out the TSA approved foods/snacks.
I prefer to drink water and with all the rules and regulations I would highly recommend getting a collapsible water bottle. It rolls up so small you can literally fit it in your pocket. Flight attendants will happily fill your water bottle for you. Water is so good for you.
You never know when you are going to need to clean up a mess.
Airports are loaded with bacteria and it is always a good idea to bring a sanitizing spray to protect yourself as much as possible. Hand sanitizing wipes are good to have handy also. Here is another option for sanitizing wipes as well.
Airplanes have recirculated air and chances are someone on the plane may have a cold. I like to put a little antibiotic ointment up my nose to keep the germs at bay. It works great every time.
These items come with me as carry-on every time. My bag didn’t reach my destination when I went to Ireland once and I had to go 2 days without the essentials.
I prefer Crystals natural deodorant, but use whatever you prefer.
My husband wears contacts, so he always brings eye drops.
I always pack a toothbrush. I prefer the Oral-B Deep Clean Soft Bristles toothbrush.
I also always pack a couple of pairs of underwear in my carry on luggage.
Make sure to bring things to entertain yourself.
I love to read, but books can take up a lot of space, so I like to bring my iPad Mini. Make sure everything is up to date prior to your trip.
Remember if you are traveling abroad to turn off roaming on your phone. A really great device to have to keep connected is the Skyroam Hotspot. It allows you to have WiFi anywhere.
I know noise-canceling headphones can be bulky, but they make the airplane ride so much more enjoyable.
Electronic Chargers & Adapters
Always make sure you have your phone charger, computer charger, tablet charger etc. If you are traveling out of the country make sure to get a universal adapter. They are a must-have to keep your electronic devices up and running.
These are the most important things to bring!
Credit Cards and Cash
Always keep your most valuable items with you at all times.
I recommend getting Travelers Insurance. World Nomads Travel Insurance is the most affordable. It is great because it covers your flight, baggage, travel cancellations and medical emergencies.
Remember to bring any prescriptions you need on the airplane with you. Also, keep in mind, you might need to show medical proof for needing the prescription. It’s also a good idea to bring allergy or headache medicine just in case.
Keep in mind liquids must be under 100ml or 3.4 ounces, fit in 1 quart-sized plastic bag and you are only allowed 1 bag per passenger.