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Your Essential Carry-on Packing List

Traveling is one of the simple pleasures in life. It’s an opportunity for adventure, self-discovery, and exploration. Many people spend their whole year working to go on vacation, so it’s important to make the most out of your trip by being prepared. Travel can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people. For some, it’s about checking off famous landmarks, for others it’s about immersing themselves in a new culture.

Some people travel all the time for work, while others look forward to the opportunity with excitement. Regardless of who you are or why you’re traveling, it’s necessary to pack intelligently and efficiently. This means packing what you need, but not overpacking either. Yes, booking your flights, renting the car, mapping out your stay – it’s all very important, however, there is one fundamental piece of the puzzle that will make every trip go much better when executed correctly – and that’s packing!

To make sure your travels go smoothly, here’s a carry-on essentials checklist to help guide  As a traveler, there is nothing worse than arriving at your destination only to realize you’ve forgotten something essential. Trust me, I’ve been there. That’s why having a solid carry-on packing list is key for any trip. Packing for a trip is both a science and an art form. This skill, true, is learned over time but for those who are maybe heading out on their first international flight – it can be very intimidating!

If you have been curious about what you should pack in your carry-on for your next flight, whether it’s your hundredth or your very first one – here are some essentials you do not want to do without!

1. Necessary Documents (Passport, Visas, ID)

This is a big one and one that you will do very well to stress you take care of.  It can ruin a trip entirely if you forget to bring the necessary documents. This goes without saying, but make sure you have your government-issued identification on hand at all times.  Putting these items in your carry-on can help give you the peace of mind that they are always within arms reach of you!

2. Medications

It’s important to have both your prescription medications and over-the-counter options (such as pain relievers). You never know when you may need them, especially when traveling abroad. Don’t ever risk your medications not joining you at your destination. The truth is, as unfortunate as it may be – luggage sometimes gets put on the wrong flight and it can be a hassle getting your things when this happens.

Don’t put yourself in a potentially uncomfortable or even medically concerning situation – put your medications in your carry-on bag and keep them close.

3. Small Umbrella

Here’s the thing: where ever you’re going, you don’t know exactly what the weather is going to be like once you land. It’s always wise to come prepared for the potential of rain. A small umbrella can easily fit into your carry-on and save you from the rain – or even just a harsh sun. This can be a lifesaver, especially if you have an extremely long flight that leaves you feeling exhausted when you get to the other side.

While a small umbrella might not be the first thing you think of, it’s a pro move to pack one. The good news is that small, compact umbrellas can easily be placed in your carry-on without taking up much room at all!

4. Travel-sized toiletries

This includes things like toothpaste, toothbrush, contact solution, face wash, moisturizer, and anything else you may need to freshen up during your travels.  Airlines sometimes do provide small toiletries on flights, but they can oftentimes be limited, and not to mention – it’s always nice to have the specific products that work for you at hand. 

Another good thing to remember is to make sure to check the TSA’s website for what you can and cannot bring in your carry-on when it comes to toiletries. It’s such a bummer to have to let go of items you went through the trouble of purchasing and packing to get onto your flight.

5. A good book or headphones

Lastly, it’s always a good idea to have some form of entertainment with you during your travels – whether it be a book, kindle, or headphones for music or a podcast.  This will keep you occupied during any possible delays or layovers, as well as long flights.  It’s always nice to have some escapism while traveling – and this is an easy way to pack it in your carry-on bag.


There you have it, some necessities for your next flight. With these essential items you can board your next flight with confidence knowing you are well prepared for anything your adventure sends your way!