Over the years, I have gotten pretty good at packing my travel bags. Yes, I still wait until the very last minute to pack and I still have to wash every single item in my laundry basket before packing, but when I do finally start to pack, I knock it out quickly. For me, the hardest part is my checked luggage – the carry-on (I use a purse) is easy, but I know that a lot of people struggle with this and I want to help you all out. So, today, I want to come at you all with a post on essential items to pack in your carry-on bag. Without wasting any time, let’s jump right in:
Essential Items To Pack In Your Carry-On
Documents such as your passport, travel visas, itineraries, and more are extremely important to travel with and you want to make sure that you do not put them in your checked luggage because you will need them to get through security and there is always a chance that your luggage might get lost, so you want to make sure that you have your important documents with you.
Before I leave for a trip, I always print out my itinerary and also documents like hotel booking confirmations, tour confirmations, and more. Why? Because I like to play it safe. For example, when we were in San Francisco, we booked a tour to visit Alcatraz and when we went up to claim our tickets, they told us our names were not in the system. Thankfully, I had my confirmation print out and we were able to get tickets, without a hassle. Although some of these items below are not extremely important, your travel documents are essential to have with you at all times.
- Lotion, Chapstick, and Hand Sanitizer
To me, lotion, chapstick, and hand sanitizer are all equally important. Airport soaps tend to dry out my hands and using too much hand sanitizer does the same thing, so lotion is essential for me. My lips are also very dry and once I get up in the air, they become even drier, so I stock up on chapstick and make sure to use it during my flight. Last but not least, hand sanitizer is much needed. You run into so many people at the airport and on your flight and you want to make sure you are protecting yourself from any bugs.
- Lysol Wipes
Now, if you think you are protecting yourself with hand sanitizer, let’s take it a notch up. You do not know who sat in your plane seat before you, or who touched your airplane seatbelt strap over the course of the past week. For all you know, the person before you might have had the stomach bug. This is why I always take some sort of sanitizing wipe with me on the plane. Before I sit in the seat, I always wipe down at least the seatbelt strap and lock, the pocket and tray in front of me, the armrests, the screen on the back of the seat in front of you, and the window, as well. #NoGermsForMe
This is my kind of essential — food. A lot of people do not know that you can bring snacks and food on a plane! If I am going on a long-haul flight, I will always bring enough food to get me through the flight. So, for our flight to Venice, Italy, I pretty much brought a meal with me, in snack form. For shorter flights, like the one that we just took to New Orleans, or even the short(ish) flight that we took to San Francisco, I’ll just take a few snacks along with me. One snack that I always have to have is chocolate — you guys, I just cannot live without it. I bring most of my snacks from home, but occasionally, on trips back home, I’ll stop by a store in the airport and grab more snacks, as I did in New Orleans, and boy am I glad that I did so because I found OCHO Candy!
I actually recently posted about OCHO Candy on my Instagram stories, so I had already tried it and when I saw it in a Hudson News store, I freaked out because it is SO good. Apparently, OCHO Candy is now available at Hudson News locations in airports nationwide, which is super exciting. Based out of Oakland, California, OCHO Candy uses clean ingredients, with fillings made from scratch because they believe that what’s inside counts. They are certified organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, and do not have any artificial flavors, preservatives, or fillers in them. If you are watching what you eat like Ian and I are, but still want some tasty chocolate, I recommend hopping over to the OCHO Candy website to see where you can buy it. Some stores near me are Walgreens, Sprouts, Target, and Whole Foods Market.
- Phone Charger
I always bring a phone charger with me because I use my phone a lot and it dies pretty quickly. A phone charger and an external charger are both great ideas, in order to keep your phone working all day and trust me – you will want a working phone while you are touring a new city!
In this entire article on essential items to pack in your carry-on, this is the #2 most important thing, right after your travel documents. Please pack your valuables in your carry-on because you never know who might go through your checked luggage and you want to play it safe. Valuables can include your cameras, money, laptops, cell phones, jewelry, and anything else that is meaningful to you. In addition to valuables, you also want to make sure that you have your prescriptions with you. In the case that you lose your bag, you will be glad that you have them in your carry-on!
Thank you so much to OCHO Candy for sponsoring this post on essential items to pack in your carry-on. Of course, all opinions are always my own and I truly love each brand that I promote on The Berger Bungalow.