Flawless Tips for Packing a Carry On Bag


Summer travel season is just around the corner, and I know traveling can be a little stressful. That’s why I have gathered some airplane travel tips and tricks for you straight from a polite - which includes the ultimate carry on packing list. Hopefully, you’ll be able to use a few of these tips the next time you travel. I also have a simple carry on packing list filled with the essentials that you may need for any trip. The list includes electronics, personal items, food, medicine and more that will help you create a flawless carry on that is sure to get through any TSA checkpoint. If you have anything else you think I should add to the list, please feel free to leave the tips in the comments!

Carefully Pack Your Carry On


First, you should always make sure you understand TSA guidelines. It’s always amazing when you are at a TSA checkpoint and people are trying to get through with full-size shampoo bottles in their carry-on. After you know what you can and can not take on the plan, you can fit so much more in the carry-on. Plus who wants to carry the heavy bag across multiple terminals… not me.



I like to carry two carry-ons. A suitcase to fit in the overhead bin, and a small bag/purse to keep under my seat. When I pack I try to keep everything I’ll need during the flight in my purse so that the suitcase can stay overhead the whole time. While traveling I like to keep gum, mints, hand sanitizer, emergency medicines, a few snacks, and a refillable water bottle.

Carry On Packing List Essentials



Electronics

iPad

Headphones

Back Up Battery

USB Cord
Chargers

Camera


Personal Items

Lotion

Hand sanitizer

Chapstick

Deodorant

Mini toothbrush

Mini toothpaste

Makeup samples

Mini shampoo and conditioner

Hair elastics

Brush

*Remember all liquids and gels need to be under 3oz. And fit in a quart size bag.



Back Up Items

Change of clothing



Food/Medicine

TSA approved snacks

Water

Gum

Mints

Protein Bar

Aspirin 

Anti-nausea medicine

Anti-diarrhea medicine

Band-aids



Other

Cash

Passport

ID

Credit cards

Print out of flight and hotel information

Pen and paper

Eye mask




Stay Hydrated

Avoid eating salt or sugary foods before your flight, as well as while you’re on it. I love taking a refillable water bottle, typically airports have a water filling station - if they do not most restaurants will graciously fill it up for you. Even on the flight, you can ask the flight attendants to fill it up for you which will save you from having to spend $5 on water at the airport.

Move It

This is critical, after learning about all the negative effects sitting for extended periods of time can be I am definitely a firm believer in moving. To make it easy to remind yourself to get up, set a timer on your phone, and be sure to get up to stretch your legs. Also, wearing compression socks will help prevent blood clots from happening.

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