Traveling the world is a goal for many of us. As we dream about cities and sites unknown, we have to make plenty of preparations to get there. Once the flight’s booked and your hotel’s secured, it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll bring.
There is a way to travel with everything you need, all while staying relatively comfortable. With that, we’ve prepared a list for you that covers every last detail.
If you use this list while you pack, your carry on luggage will be the most well-equipped item on that flight. Let’s get right to it.
Pack Carry on Luggage Hacks
Any flight above four hours can start to make you feel less than refreshed. In reality, cabin air is actually quite clean. It just doesn’t feel that way when you’ve been sitting in it for multiple hours.
Let’s talk freshening up:
- Wipes: face wipes, refreshing wipes, and electronic wipes
- Refreshing spray: green tea or rose water spray
- Moisturizer: face and hands
- Deodorant: stick or roll on
- Hair ties, bobby pins, and hairbrush
- Powder foundation
- Bronzer or blush
- Eyebrow pencil
Okay. So, all that will keep your body feeling fresh and ready to tackle those European streets. The next thing we can’t live without is our smartphone. Let’s talk about that and anything else that requires plugging in. You will also need a travel adapter.
- Cell phone
- Tablet or e-reader
- Noise canceling headphones
- Chargers: this includes your regular chargers, portable chargers, backup batteries, and portable power banks
So much of our life is contained in our cell phone! This will ensure you’re never caught without your life line. Take a look at our high-tech favorites.
Something to munch on while you enjoy your movie or TV marathon is also important.
- Small sandwich
- Almonds or other nuts
Some added nourishments include:
- Emergen-C packets for your water
- Vitamins: fish oil and turmeric for inflammation; vitamin B12 for an energy boost
After you’ve watched a good film and enjoyed a few snacks, you might want to refuel with a little nap time.
- Eye mask
- Neck pillow: preferably one that folds up nicely
- Melatonin: if you’re looking at a flight over eight hours
- Oversized infinity scarf: preferably one with a hidden pocket for valuables
- Light blanket
- Compression socks: so you don’t wake up with swollen ankles.
Now that we’ve got your in-flight needs met, let’s talk worst case scenario. We hate to even utter these words…
But the safest way to plan your travels is to consider what would happen if your checked bag got lost. You’ll want to be able to get around town, no matter what.
Here’s what to pack to keep you looking effortlessly chic.
Clothing and Attire
- Outerwear: long cardigan or sweater; light jacket; sweatshirt
- Pants: one pair of jeans; one pair of cotton pants (stay away from linen)
- Tops: a cotton tank; a cotton t-shirt; a cotton long-sleeve shirt
- Unmentionables: three pairs of bras and undies
- Socks: three pairs
Here’s the key. Pack items that can be layered, mixed, and matched into different outfits. This will allow you to get the most mileage out of themini capsule wardrobe you’ve prepared.
With a couple essential pieces that can be rotated, you set yourself up with the ability to go from a walking tour to a nice meal at an upper crust restaurant.
Stay within the same color scheme. You might think this is boring. But, it’s providing you with longevity and outfit options.
What’s the best way to take a black-on-black outfit up a couple notches? Throw on a nice statement piece necklace, a couple of small bangles, and you’re instantly Parisian chic!
At this point, we’ll just go ahead and state some of the obvious points.
- Boarding pass: bring a paper copy, in addition to your digital boarding pass
- Credit cards: make sure you’ve gone online and indicated you’ll be traveling
Okay. We’re pretty well set at this point. You’ve got your freshening up items covered, your electronics, your snacks, your naptime preparations, and clothing options secured.
If there are any small cracks and spaces to fill, consider any of these options.
- Good ol’ fashioned paperback novel
- Magazines (2)
- Travel journal
- Pens (2)
- DSLR camera: including additional memory cards and batteries
Final Note: Personal Items Bag vs. Carry On Luggage
As you’re laying all this out on your bed, keep one thing in mind: bags. You’re going to have your personal items bag (i.e. purse or messenger bag) as well as your carry on luggage. Within those bags, plan to have lots of little bags to stay organized and some luggage tags.
All your freshening up items and makeup will go in one little bag and rest easy in your personal items bag. All your chargers will go in another little bag, also in your personal items bag. All your electronics will also stay centrally-located in your personal items bag.
A couple makeup bags or even a couple trusty ol’ ziploc baggies will do the trick. Your mini capsule wardrobe can, of course, go in your carry on luggage, as well as any additional makeup items you won’t need in your initial “freshening up” routine.
Here’s the final bag note: don’t forget about the return flight home. You’re going to want to have room for that scarf you bought in Paris or that beer stein you picked up in Munich!
And there you have it, friends! If you take this little checklist with you, you’ll have the smartest piece of carry on luggage any airline has ever seen.
More than that, you’ll be prepared for absolutely anything: a comfortable flight, meeting Prince Charming, arriving safely in your new city, and being fully outfitted. Staying one step ahead of the game is such a rewarding feeling.
Have some fun reading our travel blog while you’re waiting at the airport for your new adventure to begin. And, most of all, be safe out there!