Along with the usual necessities like your passport and credit cards, here are some other things to stash in your tote.
With more cancellations, delays, and crowded planes, air travel nowadays can definitely be challenging, but you can make it a little bit easier and less miserable by storing some handy must-haves in your carry-on bag, backpack, or tote.
Of course, you’ll need to be mindful of security rules and regulations when you’re stocking your supplies. For example, you can’t pack a jar of peanut butter (thanks, TSA!), but you will want to consider bringing other snacks, hand sanitizer, and even sunscreen. Keep reading to find out what’s on our carry-on packing list.
With the threat of Covid still lingering, it’s more important than ever to throw some disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer into your bag. If you’re flying (or taking a train), use the wipes to sanitize your tray table, armrests, and anything else you (and others) may touch.
Although most places don’t require you to wear a face mask anymore, it’s still smart to stash one in your bag no matter where you’re going.
If you’re traveling internationally, you’ll need to fill out custom forms—and you’ll need a pen for that. Bring one with you, so you won’t have to borrow one from the flight attendants or your seatmate.
The air in a plane cabin is usually pretty dry, so make sure you pack a hydrating facial mist or moisturizer to help quench parched skin. Similarly, bring along some lip balm, hand cream, saline nasal spray, and eye drops to keep you feeling refreshed during and after the flight.
Instead of spending roughly a gazillion dollars on a Snickers at the airport, pack some snacks (healthy or not) to munch on before, during, and after your flight. Plus, at all Club Quarters hotels, you’ll find a supply of unlimited bottled water to keep you hydrated during your stay.
Did you know that the windows on a plane don’t block UVA rays (the ones that can cause wrinkles and skin cancer)? And the higher up you are, the stronger they are, so consider slathering on some SPF before you board or during the flight.
Be sure to pack a pair of headphones, preferably the noise-canceling kind, to help block out loud conversations and crying babies. It’s also a good idea to bring a pair of wired headphones or a bluetooth audio transmitter gadget in order to plug into the plane’s entertainment system.
Just in case your luggage is ever lost or you miss a connecting flight, don’t stow your prescription medications in your checked baggage. Instead, store them in your carry-on for easy access and peace of mind.
Along those same lines, if you’re checking your luggage, remember to pack an extra outfit, some undies, a toothbrush, and can’t-live-without items like contact lenses or glasses in your carry-on. In the event that your suitcase goes missing, you’ll at least be able to put on fresh duds. And if your luggage is lost or you simply forget something, remember to check the self-serve closets on each floor of our Club Quarters hotels where you’ll find extra amenities.
This isn’t so much a must-have, but rather a nice-to-have, especially if you’re on a long-haul flight. Travel pillows come in all shapes and sizes now—from high-tech ergonomic ones to inflatable versions—for all kinds of airplane sleeping styles, even those who like resting their head on the tray table.
If you have the space, consider stashing a travel blanket or oversized scarf into your bag to help combat airplane air-conditioning or drafty vents. It adds a comfy layer of warmth and may even help you fall asleep easier.
Want to get some shuteye on your flight? Then be sure to pack a sleep mask—even if you’re flying overnight. It will help block out sunlight and random cabin lights like your neighbor’s reading lamp, so you can doze off quicker.
This is probably a no-brainer, but if you’re like us you’re bound to forget one of your many chargers—for your laptop, tablet, phone, headphones, or watch. Consider buying a pouch designed specifically to hold all your tech cords, or invest in a compact charging station for multiple devices to help you avoid a tangled mess of wires.
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