What to Pack on Your Carry-On

By Chris Glover

Photo by STIL on Unsplash

Packing for a flight can be stressful, because you don’t want to forget anything important and you want to make sure you have everything you need in the most accessible place! Especially after the newest TSA regulations on liquids, packing a proper carry-on bag is an important part of your travel preparations.

Let’s talk about everything you need to have in your carry-on.


If you’re preparing for a long flight or a flight with layovers, the most important thing to pack is your entertainment. Pack a tablet, a book, and a good pair of headphones, too! Don’t forget to include all your necessary device chargers.

Hydration and moisture

It’s important to pack all things necessary to keep your body hydrated and your skin glowing. A collapsible water bottle, eye cream, lip balm, tinted moisturizer, and a small container of coconut oil are all must-haves. However, remember the liquid limit! Don’t pack anything over 3.4oz.


You don’t want to be without bathroom supplies. Pack your wet wipes, spare clothes, hand sanitizer, deodorant, and toothbrush and paste in your carry-on bag in case your luggage gets lost or you have an unexpectedly long layover.


For long flights, you want to pack things to make you as comfortable as possible. Don’t hesitate to pack a travel pillow, eye mask, and a pair of earplugs. If you’re cold-natured, add a blanket scarf to your essentials, too.


Finally, make sure you pack any daily medications, valuables, and important documents in your carry-on bag. You wouldn’t want to lose them in your check-in bag, so keep them on you at all times! If you have dietary restrictions or you are a picky eater, pack snacks for yourself as well.

The worst thing you can do is wait until the last minute to start packing, so start early. The night before your flight or trip, recheck your carry-on bag and make sure you have everything you need.

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