Carry On Essentials For Your Next Flight

by | Jul 28, 2021 | Lifestyle, Travel | 0 comments

No matter where you’re flying for your next trip, it’s important that you know which carry-on essentials you really should bring along. These are items you’ll want to have on hand even if you’re checking some bags as luggage during your next flight.

With so many people getting back out there to travel, I wanted to share some of my must-have carry-on essentials. Traveling is a fabulous way to experience new places, see extended family members, hang out with friends you haven’t seen in a while, and it’s even a great chance to meet new friends on the way!

It’s even better when you’re fully prepared to make sure the journey is just as great as the destination!

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My Carry On Essentials

The Right Bag

First, you’ll need to have the best carry-on bag option possible. I recommend getting a backpack so that you don’t need to hold it the entire time. The right bag will include various pockets inside to keep your carry-on essentials organized. Make sure there are also pockets that are easy to reach, which you can use to place things you’ll constantly need to get ahold of (i.e. your passport if traveling internationally, your ticket, phone, etc).

However, if you’re more of a tote bag person, this LL Bean Boat and Tote Bag is a perfect size. I just used it on a JetBlue flight and it was awesome! We couldn’t bring an actual carry-on suitcase, so I had to improvise a little bit! Regardless of what you use it for, the boat and tote bag is a useful bag to have!

carry on essentials

Socks and Sweater

Don’t forget about the changes in temperatures as you navigate different airport terminals. Make sure you have an extra pair of socks and a sweater to put on in case you get cold. The last thing you want to do is feel uncomfortably cold while traveling far away from home.

Passport Holder

This is especially useful if you need a passport to travel to your final destination. A passport holder will ensure you keep your identification paperwork in one spot. The holder will allow you to easily grab the identification you need when asked without having to fumble through your carry-on bag. They also have larger, more functional passport holders like this one that actually holds your boarding pass too!

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If you take any medications, then you’ll want to have your medications packed in your carry-on. This allows you to have access to them that you’ll need to take while on the flight if an unplanned layover occurs, or your checked luggage is lost. I absolutely love this 7-Day Pill Planner from Target.

Phone Charger

I can’t stress this enough! You will need some way to charge your phone if things go awry. You can pack a travel charger in your carry-on bag for quick access to charge your phone in case of emergencies.

Backup Toiletries

Don’t underestimate the power of needing that toothbrush, toilet paper, or face wash in your carry-on bag. Be sure to have some backup toiletries available, but make sure to measure them to hold only the appropriate amount allowed by the airline (3 oz or under). These Convenience Kits are so useful and worth the money!

In conclusion, traveling by plane can be a very fun experience as long as you’re prepared with the proper carry-on essentials. I hope that my list of travel essentials for your carry-on bag will help you be more prepared as you venture out into the world to travel more this year. 

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