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Friday, 10 November 2017 18:52

Things to Pack in Your Airplane Carry-On

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Do you get excited about flying and seeing the city lights you leave behind get smaller and smaller or catching a sunset above the clouds? The vacation you have been dreaming about has finally started! But the key to an ideal flying experience is a well-packed carry-on bag.

The only thing guaranteed to get to your final travel destination is your carry-on bag, so you should pack the essentials you’ll need during the flight to make the potential of dealing with lost luggage easier. Most airlines will allow you to bring one personal item, such as a purse or backpack, and one carry-on bag no larger than twenty-two by fourteen by nine inches. If you are flying with an international airline, you should check their carry-on restrictions before packing.

Items for Comfort

You can't control the temperature on the plane and you can't predict whether your flight is going to be overly warm or freezing cold. It’s best to wear light layers on the flight, like a casual cotton shirt and thin cardigan, and bring a cozy blanket in your carry-on. An inflatable pillow will come in handy as well, which you can blow up with a few breaths and take up less space in your bag than your bed pillow. Also bring a pair of fuzzy socks to slip on if you would like your feet to be warm.

Stay Entertained

Flights can be boring, but they don’t have to be. Stock your carry-on with items that will keep you entertained. Bring your own headphones, since most airlines will charge you a high amount for a pair. Fill your phone with your favorite music and new podcasts and charge it fully before packing it in your bag. You may also bring along a portable DVD player and a few good choices of DVDs. Take your favorite paperback book or magazine that you won't mind tossing out when you're done so you don't have to haul it around for your entire trip. A book of crossword puzzles or Sudoku should keep you entertained as well.

Medications and Tickets

Medications and tickets are two of the most crucial items to keep in your bag. Keep your boarding pass and wallet in your carry-on, along with your passport if you are traveling internationally. The TSA also permits you to bring any necessary medication in your bag. Put liquid or gel medications in three-ounce containers and put the containers in a one-quart plastic bag so you can send them through the security scanner with the rest of your carry-on luggage. If your gel or liquid medications do not fit in a one-quart bag, tell the screening agent so they can be manually examined by hand.

Last-Minute Items

In case your luggage gets lost, pack a day's worth of clean underwear in your bag. If you have room to spare, include a change of clothes. Pack a few of your favorite snacks to hold you over, like nuts, a sandwich, crackers, and variations of fruit. Purchase a bottle of water in the airport to carry on the flight. If you're traveling with children, you'll need to pack items for them as well. Bring activity books, an iPad and extra snacks for your little ones.

Now that you know what to pack in your carry-on, make your vacation request with Mariners Travel here!

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