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Are you trying to plan your next trip, but trying to remember all of the carry-on travel essentials you need to remember to pack?
Don’t worry, here are the 10 of the most important carry-on travel essentials you can’t and won’t forget to pack. Each of these items is intended to save you from any hiccups in flight, as well as keep you prepared and ready for your next flight.
In today’s day, some of the most important carry-on travel essentials are your electronics as well as the chargers. Most airplanes have outlets, which is great. However, some flights require you to purchase WiFi in order to use the internet on your electronics. For long flights, it can be worth it.
You’ll definitely want to charge everything the night before your flight. That will at least save you in case there aren’t any outlets. You’ll also want to remember to download any music or playlists ahead of time, as most music is not available offline.
If you’re traveling anywhere during this fall season, here is a cozy fall Spotify playlist you can listen to on the plane.
Headphones are probably one of the most obvious carry-on travel essentials, but I included them on this list so you don’t forget! Make sure you charge any wireless headphones ahead of time and bring a cheap backup just in case. The last thing you want is for your main headphones to break during flight and then you can’t want any movies or listen to music!
I personally love AirPods. I love them because you can leave them in while walking through the airport and you’ll barely notice they’re there. They’re super easy to use, and I love how they pause when you take one out, for example, when the stewardess asks you which drink you’d like.
Some people prefer larger headphones like Beats because they block out the outside noise better. It’s really up to your own personal preference, which I think we all can be a tad picky when it comes to headphones.
Personally, I’m a very big fan of journaling, writing lists, brainstorming, and drawing while on the plane. For me, it’s usually a long time to sit still and think, so I always find my mind flooding with great ideas and thoughts. It’s best to just write it all down when it comes to you.
Whether it’s work, life, travel, or anything else, you can just use all the time you have to write it down, think it through, then you can refer back to your notes later on when needed.
A notebook and pen is honestly one of my most important carry-on travel essentials. It’s also convenient to have throughout your trip so you can use it as a travel journal and reflect on your experiences each day of your trip.
Earplugs and a sleeping mask are carry-on travel essentials especially for long flights, like flights going overseas. If you’re trying to get a little nap in, earplugs will save you, especially from the crying kid behind you who won’t shut up.
A sleeping mask comes in handy because it’ll keep it dark, especially when your neighbor decides to turn his light on to read, or if the lady next to you doesn’t want to shut the window.
Earplugs and a sleeping mask are the dream team combo if you’re trying to knock out on the plane to make the time go by faster. The only thing is you might miss an announcement or two, but hey, if it’s that important someone will probably nudge you, right?
Anytime I fly I always remember to pack some healthy snacks in my carry-on bag. This stuff in the airport is always so dang expensive to buy, and yes, you can travel through security with snacks in case you were wondering.
Save some cash and pack snacks ahead of time. I like to bring things like trail mix, granola bars, crackers, nuts, and even fruit or a sandwich for shorter flights.
It’s good to have these in your bag for travel to and from the airport, while you’re waiting for your flight in the airport, as well as in-flight, in case you or anyone your with gets hungry. The last thing we all want when traveling is someone who is hangry (hungry + angry at the same time) yikes!
Another good way to save some cash while traveling is to always bring an empty water bottle. You can’t travel through security with a bottle full of water, but you can travel with an empty one, and fill it at a fountain once you’re through security.
It’s nice to bring a bottle that keeps your water cold as well. A few hours into your flight you might be craving something crisp and refreshing like chilled water. Also, let’s be honest, the little cups they give you on the plane are like doing a shot of water, they’re so tiny.
You’ll definitely want to be careful because if you chug your entire water bottle, you might have to pee 20 times throughout the flight. Maybe that’s why the cups they hand out are so tiny?
Either way, bring an empty water bottle. It’ll give you cold water during your flight, and will save you from having to spend $10 on water from one of the kiosks.
I ALWAYS pack socks or slippers in my carry-on, no matter what. Well, that is of course unless I’m already wearing fuzzy socks underneath boots or something. I personally like to take off my shoes when I fly, not sure if that’s gross or not. Of course, I am always very conscious to make sure my feet aren’t stinky when I do. That’d just be plain rude now.
I like to sit criss cross apple sauce sometimes, or if my husband is next to me, with my knees up and feet tucked under him. Either way, it’s nice to not have big clunky shoes on when doing this. I always slip on some fuzzy socks or little slippers when I fly, just to get extra cozy.
I really like the ones listed above because they’re like a hybrid between socks and slippers. They’re super flexible and easy to pack, taking up basically no extra room in your bag. You can roll them up and slip them into a side pocket. Super convenient. Super comfy.
However, if you end up going to the bathroom, please put on your regular shoes. Don’t make it weird.
If you’ve ever traveled, like ever, then you’ve seen people with these neck pillows, and you’ve probably thought “dang I wish I had one of those.” Especially when you try holding your head up with elbow on the armrest, and hand on the side of your head. If you know, you know. Your wrist get’s so freakin sore! Lol. #aisleseatproblems
The middle seat is the worst. Especially if you’re traveling alone. You have nowhere to put your head, so your neck and head keep bobbing, looking for somewhere to rest.
Your magic solution?
Get a freakin neck pillow! You can attach it to your luggage or carry-on bag. Whip that bad boy out and snooze away. The one I listed above is great because it comes with earplugs and a sleep mask. If you have a hard time sleeping on planes, try that dynamic trio and I bet you’ll be out like a light.
If you’re headed on a long flight, then a small blanket is a vital carry-on travel essential you must pack! Airplanes are often so dang cold, and a blanket, no matter how thin, really does help. I definitely recommend trying to find one that is pretty thin so it’s easy to pack and bring with you. I don’t think it’d be very convenient for you to have a big fuzzy thick blanket to carry with you through the airport. The one listed above is super nice because it folds easily and has a case, so it doesn’t unfold while you’re moving through the airport.
Just make sure if you do bring a blanket, you wash it frequently. I mean you should always wash everything from the airport, but especially the blanket. It’s quite a large piece of fabric to attract germs. Lol.
If 2020 taught us absolutely anything, it’s to bring sanitizer wherever you go! I recommend from this point forward, like forever, to bring sanitizer with you. I personally like having a spray or a hand gel, as well as wipes to wipe down my airplane seat. Who knows if airplane seats really get wiped down thoroughly after each flight, and honestly, maybe they missed a spot.
Bringing sanitizer wipes will definitely come in handy for you, probably in another setting as well, so I definitely recommend stocking up and loading up on all things sanitizer for your next flight.
I hope these carry-on travel essentials help you remember what to pack for your long flight on your next trip! Need help planning your next trip?
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