When traveling light we usually need a few important items, so a carry-on bag is essential. It contains all necessary items from important documents to entertainment and electronics. Besides carrying physical things, you might also need to bring all of the moral and spiritual support you can get to get through the flight.
If you have a fear of flying, you can overcome that fear by drawing strength from a quote from the saint of the day or you can keep a copy of the Bible nearby. This way, you’ll feel comfortable while traveling. Additionally, there are a few more important items you might want to consider taking with you in your carry-on, and we’re here to help you out.
Check our list of essentials below.
When traveling, we usually tend to bring plenty of clothes we don’t wear on our trip. If you want to have more space for other important items, it’s best to make a selection of only essential pieces you’ll need on your trip; from comfy tees and jeans to essentials like underwear. If you’re a religious person, you’ll probably need a thing or two to uplift your spirit wherever you go, so don’t forget to bring your Christian shirts that will elevate your style.
Comfy clothes are always the best choice when traveling. If your trip is more serious, remember to bring clothes appropriate for the events you’re about to be part of. Suits, dresses, and other fancy outfits usually don’t take up too much space, and you’ll probably need them for one day only.
Important documents and safety supplies
Important documents include a passport, visa, a certificate for Covid-19 vaccination, a negative PCR test, and others according to the regulations of the country you’re visiting. Make sure you check your passport since it should have no less than 90 days until it expires, and see whether the country you’re visiting requires a visa.
Also, you might want to take other ID documents like a driver’s license since you might need them for renting a car. Traveling today requires safety supplies like a protective facemask, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes. Wearing a mask is mandatory, so make sure you wear one and have another one in your bag just in case. It’s very important to follow airline guidelines to ensure safety for yourself and others.
Water and daily meds
Always pack a refillable water bottle and daily medication when traveling. If you want to avoid waiting for the cabin crew to serve you a beverage, you might want to bring with you a reusable water bottle. Note that flying can dehydrate you, so packing a water bottle can make your flight more comfortable. Remember that some airports have limits on liquids, so you might need to drink or pour out the water before you pass through security.
You can still bring your bottle though, and refill it with water so you won’t have to pay for overpriced bottles at the airport. If you need to take meds daily, you should pack a few days’ worth in your carry-on bag. Note that your checked luggage may be delayed or lost, which can be a problem for your health. Carrying your meds in a bag with you might be a better choice.
You will need to pack essential toiletries including toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, etc., just remember to pack an approved bag of liquids for your carry-on bag. TSA approves travel-size containers no larger than 3.4 ounces (100ml) that fit in 1 quart-sized, resealable bag. If you’re also traveling with checked luggage and it gets lost, at least you’ll still be able to brush your teeth and take a shower.
Once you’ve packed basics, think about your routine including things like period products, contact solution, go-to cleanser, daily meds, and such. Curating the carry-on bag with only essentials will help you save space, and still be able to do your daily routine. Just don’t bring everything with you since you won’t be able to go through security, and end up throwing away your expensive cosmetics.
Entertainment and electronics
Depending on how long your trip is, looking out the window may be a bit boring. Bring a book, game, magazine, or other sources of amusement to pass the time. You can carry an iPad or a kindle, and bring a magazine for take-off and landing when all electronics must be put away. If you’re traveling with an airplane that has movies ready for you, then you won’t need to bring additional entertainment with you.
Don’t forget your headphones as they will provide freedom to listen to anything you like at any volume you prefer. Also, if you’re highly dependent on your gadgets, make sure you pack them in your carry-on bag. Things like a power bank, camera, laptop, and others can be safer in a carry-on. So, don’t forget to safely pack them to help you ease your mind.
Packing a few key items in your carry-on bag will make any trip easier. Today, some of these items are essential to getting to your final destination, so make a list before you pack and make sure you only bring what you really need. Additionally, if you’re nervous when traveling, make sure you bring snacks with you to keep you occupied.