While you may be thrilled to be in Amsterdam, it’s more than a bit irksome that your luggage is still at Paris Orly airport.
Makes what you’ve tucked into your backpack or tote all that more important. So clean underwear (preferably a total change of clothing) should be first on your list of must-have carry-on items.
Fingers crossed that your checked baggage accompanies you to your destination, but be prepared whether your flight is long or short.
While you may opt for an airplane-approved suitcase (22” by 14” by 9”) to stow in the upper bin, these can be hard to get in and out of. That one personal item — such as a laptop bag, purse, briefcase, beach bag — allows easier access for essentials.
Reminder: Containers of liquid, paste, aerosol, gel or cream normally can be no larger than 3.4 ounces.
- Daily medication
- Phone/phone charger
- Travel pillow
- Roll-on deodorant
- Toothbrush, toothpaste
- Eye mask
- Ear plugs
- Sweater, infinity or other type of travel wrap (those airplane cabins can get downright chilly)
- Compression socks (especially necessary for flights 4 hours or longer)
- Snacks (such TSA approved goodies as trail mix, beef jerky, protein bars, cheese and crackers)
- Collapsible water bottle
- Eye cream, lip balm, moisturizer
- Cleansing wipes
- Hand sanitizer
- Dry shampoo
- E-reader, tablet
- ID, passport, visa
- Travel documents, itineraries
- Cash and bank cards (consider a hidden money belt)
Leave these at home:
- Aerosol insecticide
- Black jacks, nunchucks, or the like
- Instruments containing magnets
- Toy/replica guns
You are allowed to pack antlers, however. But double check with the airline … While a baseball bat is out, a baseball, basketball, soccer ball, football and bowling ball are in. And spurs and holiday lights are totally allowed (thank goodness).
If considering flying with something not mentioned, it’s always a good idea to check your airline’s website or the TSA website for what’s allowable for carry-on or checked baggage.