Flights can be stressful, but hopefully with these tips you can plan what to pack in your personal item and carry on with ease. Now be sure to check the airline you’re flying with, some airlines and fares don’t allow carry ons. This is extremely important so you’re not charged a sky high amount.
One of the best things I can tell you is to pick your suitcase wisely. Generally fares allow you to have a carry on (a small suitcase) and a personal item (back pack, duffle bag, purse.) For my personal item I decided to get a pretty decent sized duffle bag that could strap on to my suitcase. I am taking 3 suitcases total so the easier to move the better!! I personally did not want to tote my items around on my back because it was heavy and I have quite a few layovers. You can find a picture of the bag I am using as my personal item below. P.S if you love saving space this bag folds into a smaller square which is amazing for storage. Also it was ONLY $11.99 on amazon with FREE shipping
The second most important thing is to pack all of your valuables and fragile items in your personal item/carry on. Airports do a lot to curb theft, but it isn’t perfect. Additionally people aren’t the most gentle with luggage so you can expect it to be thrown around quite a bit. In my personal item I have my MacBook, my iPad, my Nikon D3100 camera, my important travel docs (my passport, my documents for my employer, birth certificate etc). I also carry a planner, a journal, and one of my dads scarfs.
If you take any medication I would highly recommend packing it in a place that you can access easily. I have a pill box for my medications and supplements.
Some important items I’d recommend you pack are:
- A portable toothbrush. My travel time is 24 hours! I don’t like funky breath so this was a must have for me.
- Ear plugs! Planes are NOISY and getting an adequate amount of sleep on the plane is essential to help curb jet lag.
- Eye covers. If you are anything like me, light can be distracting if you are trying to get some rest.
- Things to help with motion sickness. I have non-drowsy dramamine and sea bands. Sea bands go on both wrist on pressure points to help with motion sickness. They are also great for boats if you suffer from sea sickness.
- Melatonin or another natural sleep aid. I say melatonin because it helps regulate hormones within the body, which helps you adjust to the time difference if there is one.
- Face and body wipes. This is great if you are on a longer flight and feel the need to freshen up!
- Headphones, which is pretty self explanatory.
- Snacks! I have a small lunch box that I am taking with me so I have some noms on my long trip.
- Neck Pillow
- Comfortable slippers or socks in case you need to let your feet breathe
- Sunglasses (optional)
- Water bottle: staying hydrated on long trips are draining and you have to stay hydrated. Having an empty water bottle with you makes it easy to keep your drinks from spilling. You can fill it up once you get through TSA and you can also request that the flight attendant to fill it up as well.
I hope these tips were helpful and as always make sure you get up frequently during your flight to help lessen your chance for blood clots.
I’m sending you all my love and light