What Is In Your Carry-On?
By Lynn Lopez
Where should I go for my vacation?
If you are traveling alone, the answer to that is very simple. You just go where you want to go and where your money can take you to. But it is not that simple when you are going away with someone else or if you are taking this trip with a group of people. It is not just yourself you have to consider in this case, but the people who are going to come on this trip with you.
Have you ever been amazed by all those travelers who seem to be able to pack their barest necessities into one teeny, tiny carry-on bag? It's a pretty spectacular feat, especially if you're the kind of traveler who prefers to keep most of her belongings close and needs a lot of things to keep herself functioning properly during a flight.
Airlines usually permit one carry-on bag with a certain weight limit and with a certain size requirement as well. You wouldn't want to exceed these limits, so remember to pack smart. You don't need to pack so many things in your carry-on if you're just traveling for a couple of hours, but for long-haul trips and international flights, it's always smart to have what you need within easy reach.
Personal hygiene products should be at the top of your list. Things like your toothbrush, toothpaste, and a facial cleanser will help you stay fresh throughout your trip. Just make sure the amounts are well within the allowable limit. Consider bringing some medication and some things from your first-aid kit too.
If you have some things that would kill you if you lose them, it's best to put them in your carry-on as well. That way, they’re kept safe and there's practically no risk of losing them in transit.
Just in case your luggage doesn't make it right away, you should have a change of clothes ready in your carry-on. This will tide you over until your luggage arrives.
You can also keep yourself entertained during your flight by bringing an MP3 player with you, a book, a magazine, or anything that can keep you occupied if you have a hard time falling asleep on airplanes.
Pack all these in a sturdy and secure bag that will hold everything neatly and you're all set!
See also: Tips for nervous flyers