Carry-on Essentials Ease the Flight - Northern AZ Luxury Living Magazine

Long or Short, Carry-on Essentials Ease the Flight

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
  • Sunglasses
  • Headphones
  • 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.

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