Friday, April 28, 2017

The Perfect Carry-On Packing List

Packing a carry-on is a difficult task, because while you want to make sure you have your travel essentials, you don't want to load yourself down, especially when you're checking luggage as well.

After many trips with carry-on luggage, I've perfected my in-flight packing strategy. Here's the gist:
  • I'm a Delta platinum member, so I take advantage of the free checked luggage on every flight and fill my suitcase to the brim.
  • Then, instead of carrying on a small suitcase AND a purse, I consolidate everything into one medium-sized carry-on tote.
This works best for trips with a duration of less than two weeks, but makes airport navigating much simpler and makes it easy to go from airport to sightseeing with your medium-sized tote.

Never check baggage? Don't worry, we have a guide for the comprehensive carry-on + handbag packing, too.

First, you'll need to select your perfect medium-sized carry-on. I have a few rules for this:
  • Must be able to be carried on at least one shoulder so you can be hands-free. No Taylor Swift-style arm bags.
  •  Must have a secure zipper closure. The last thing you want is your passport slipping out or your wallet getting snatched!
  • Must be made of a durable, wipe-able material that can outlast a rainstorm or coffee spill. Nylon, leather/pleather and coated canvas are your best bets.
Now for your packing list. Everyone and every trip is different, but I have a basic list that's nearly flawless.
  • Wallet, ID and passport
  • Phone, phone charger, headphones and portable phone charger
  • Empty water bottle
  • Prescriptions, vitamins, band aids and first aid medicines
  • Travel dry shampoo, bobby pins and a hair tie
  • Glasses, contacts, sunglasses and eye drops
  • Chapstick
  • Make-up wipes and basic make-up (mascara, concealer)
  • Extra underwear and socks (in case luggage is lost)
  • Gloves and  beanie (if cold weather travel)
  • Travel sunscreen
  • Larabars or other emergency snack
  • Swimsuit (if beach travel)
  • Travel-sized moisturizer and hand sanitizer
  • Travel toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Travel deodorant
And there you have it! What do you think I missed? What's your holy grail carry-on bag?

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