Carry-On Travel Essentials

Some of these essentials are used for both short and long journeys. For the past few years, I have been on some long journeys and I find that with every recent trip I have something new to add into my carry-on to improve the comfort of my journey.

Passport/Travel documents

Well I tend to keep these closer to me in my handbag rather than putting these in my carry-on but I’ve travelled with a few people who keep their travel documents in their carry-on.

Neck pillow/Sleeping mask

It’s important to feel comfortable during your journey, especially if it is a long one. I use to travel without a neck pillow until about two years ago, I decided to purchase one (since then it’s been upgraded to one of those memory foam ones) and it made such a huge difference to the comfort of my journeys. A sleeping mask, in case you decide you want to give your eyes a rest. It is ideal to block out unwanted bright lights.

Packet of wipes/Pocket tissues

You never know what your day will turn out to be like; it’s always a good idea to keep some pocket tissues or small packet of wipes with you. When I travel, I always have a packet of wipes (baby wipes are the best!) in my carry-on and a packet of tissues and hand wipes in my handbag too. They come in handy, especially after eating or drinking.

Anti-bacterial gel/Wipes

If you’re one of those people who can’t hold your business in for too long and have to use the public loo, anti-bacterial wipes are definitely needed to clean the seat before you pop your booty on it. Not only for that, but it’s just safe to anti-bac your hands every now and again.

Deodorant/Body-spray/Perfume

The one thing I hate with a passion is travelling and getting a whiff of someone’s BO or sitting next to someone on public transport who smells so bad, I end up suffering a headache until I’m released into fresh air! Whenever I feel smelly, I whip out my deodorant and use it, I tend to get a few people staring at me but to be honest I don’t care. It’s important to keep your personal hygiene under control especially in public.

Mints/Sweets/ Ginger biscuits

Mints are the perfect breath freshener.  If the mints or sweets are peppermint flavour, they can help calm that nausea feeling. I tend to take a packet of ginger nut biscuits or gingerbread men with me as that helps fade the sickly feeling.

Phone/Headphones/Camera

There is nothing more annoying than travelling with someone who is playing his or her music on loud or talking on the phone with loudspeaker on. I always carry my headphones with me whilst I am travelling, to block out whatever is going on around me. My phone, for obvious reasons and a camera to snap up some cool pictures along the way.

Pain relief/Prescribed medication

You never know when one or two of these will come in handy. Suffering a headache or got a bit of pain here or there and you are unable to cope, take a painkiller. (I am not a doctor & please read the instructions before taking any form of medication) Also, if you do take medication daily, its ideal to keep your medication in your carry-on. It might be a good idea to travel with a copy of your prescription too.

Pen & Notebook/Diary

Carry a pen that works. I keep at least two with me in my handbag in case I need to jot something down. Yes, I know I can use my phone but what if my phones dead, plus there’s something about pen to paper.

Charger & Adapter or an Extra Battery

Now you can charge your electronics on the plane. Depending who you travel with. I’ve never had to charge whilst travelling, I keep a spare battery with me just in case I don’t have access to a plug socket.

Book/Magazine/Puzzle Book

When travelling there could be a lot of waiting time and sometimes even delays. So, what better way to kill time and read a book, flick through a magazine or test your brain with a crossword, wordsearch or sudoku.

Extra Pair of Clothes & Shoes/Sunglasses

When travelling abroad I keep a spare set of clothes and a pair of comfortable shoes in my carry-on bag. I always think the worst of the worst before travelling. What if a drink spills on my clothes or my shoe strap or heel breaks. Can never be too careful so spare clothes and shoes are a must!

Ladies Little Bag

Oh this is important! Every lady who travels should have a little bag filled with her goods, whatever you use when it’s the time of the month and an extra pair of knickers to be on the safe side. I also fill my little bag with some of my makeup; mascara, lip balm and a bronzer/blusher. Before my plane takes off and when it is about to land, I tend to give myself a mini facial. So, I also pack a hydrating face gel, hydrating mask and some tea tree oil.

 

Top Essentials

 

Liquid containers must hold no more than 100ml (there are some exemptions: medical related, baby food, etc) and they should be in a single, transparent, resealable plastic bag when passing through airport security screening. Well for the UK any way, not sure about any other country. Although, I know in Dubai airport they also have, if not the same, a similar rule.

You can find out more about the UK hand luggage restrictions here: https://www.gov.uk/hand-luggage-restrictions/overview

So, I think I have covered everything I pop into my carry-on when travelling. I like to make sure I’m prepared for anything because you never know what could happen on your journey or what will come in handy, so even if I don’t use some of the items packed, it gives me a sense of peace before travelling knowing that I am prepared.

What do you pack into your carry-on when travelling? Also, if you would like to know more about anything mentioned above, let me know in the comments.

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Sabah ❤

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