Essential Travel List for Carry-On Luggage
I travel quite a bit, it comes with the territory when you’re a travel writer. One of my essential steps for preparing for any trip is writing out my travel list for my carry-on luggage and checked baggage. I think you will find many if not all of the items I list quite useful for your carry-on luggage as well. I’ll tell you why these are my essential items for my carry-on luggage.Now don’t let my travel list above fool you that’s just a short example of what I do. I’m a bit type A if you will about this stuff but let me tell you making my travel list has saved us many times from forgetting something essential. My family has even come to expect lists for themselves now after forgetting much-needed items on trips before “the list”.
Essential Travel List Items
I’m not counting this as the first one as really you need to have your ID but this serves as a reminder. My passport and of course my e-ticket whether it’s a paper copy or on phone go in my purse. This should be a given but know anyone who ever forgot their passport? Not me but we all know someone. Even if you’re just flying within the US it’s handy to have your passport as your ID. It’s become the more expected piece of ID and as someone who travels from Canada to the US a lot like weekly by car I either have my passport or my Global Entry card.
Hand Sanitizer Wipes
Forget those gels or sprays, I find them sticky and hello if you’re not on that special trusted traveller’s list you have to bag your liquids etc.. I use the hand sanitizer wipes. Easy to use, great to wipe down arms of the chairs, the airplane trays etc.. you can’t do that with a gel.
Immune Boosting Essential Oils
Now you don’t have to do essential oils but whether you take some vitamins, Cold FX or whatever we all know planes are notorious for germs and people getting sick. I use On Guard from doTERRA. I put it on me before boarding, I keep a roller bottle of it and reapply if necessary. Also I’ve been on long-haul flights where the air was not so “fresh” after several hours and put my roller bottle under my nose to smell something nicer.
In this tech run world you don’t want your smartphone/tablet or whatever to inconveniently run out of juice. I ALWAYS have a power bank of some kind with me, usually a couple. The myCharge Razor Max and HubPlus are a perfect pair to take on your travels!
The HubPlus has cords attached to it so you never have to worry about whether you have a cord or the right one with you. It’s a rechargeable 6700mAh portable charger with an integrated Apple® Lightning™ cable and an integrated micro-USB cable and the newly added USB port. Carrying cables is a thing of the past, not only are the cables built in for effortless charging but wall prongs are built-in for effortless recharging. Boasting a 30% reduction in size, the HubPlus is more compact and portable than ever before. The RazorMax is crafted from anodized aluminum, the 6000mAh RazorMax delivers an extra 27 hours talk time for your smartphone. This powerbank comes equipped with 2 USB ports and is perfect for charging two devices at once. With a 2.4A output, the RazorMax portable charger is great for charging tablets and other power thirsty devices. It’s also super light at only 0.38lbs and is perfect for keeping in your purse as you sightsee at your destination.
A change of clothes (include a scarf/shawl), toothbrush and toothpaste.
If you’ve ever had checked luggage not arrive at your destination you’ll know why this one is important. I put them all together because these are necessary if your luggage doesn’t arrive. You at least now have a change clothes until you can figure out what happened to your luggage or at least have time to pick up more essentials.
I bring a lightweight scarf that can double as shawl for both using as a light blanket on the plane and to deal with varying weather. It’s great as an added layer or a light layer if the weather is hot during the day and colder at night but not so cold you need a jacket.
No one loves airplane food but I really don’t love it. Usually, it’s always only sandwiches you can buy and I know it’s weird but I’m not a sandwich person. Most premade ones have stuff in them I don’t like. I just bring my own snacks to keep me going and in case I arrive to my destination late at night and there’s nowhere to eat close by or the hotel doesn’t have a restaurant I have something to eat. I can’t tell you how many times this has saved me. I usually pack protein bars that aren’t going to melt, nuts, beef jerky and something a little sweetEarphones/Headphones
I’m either going to listen to my music, watch an onboard movie or a movie on my iPad so yes this is a must. I usually pack headphones and earphones as I’ve had it where one didn’t work whether it was the airplane plug or a glitch, so I had to take out the spare. Bonus if the headphones are also noise cancelling then you can block out the noise on the plane if you want to sleep. If not add the next item.
If you want to sleep on a plane especially a long-haul flight or even for hotels. I’ve yet to stay at a hotel even the high-end ones where it was super quiet. There’s always some noise and it’s hard to adjust sometimes that first night so some quiet can be good.
I’m a bit of a vampire. No light shining in the morning into my hotel room please so this is a must for me and yes another must if you want to catch some zzzzs on a plane.
I pack blister protectant in my checked luggage if it’s a gel but the blister band-aids go in my carry-on. These are a lifesaver if you’re doing a lot of walking on a trip. Let’s face it most travel you’re doing a lot of walking.
Not everyone may consider this an essential but for me it is. I’ve been on 5+ hour plane rides where the movie service was not available. I like to pass the time watching a movie. As well I have a keyboard for my iPad Air so it doubles as my emergency laptop if needed. I try to schedule as much of my work as I can ahead of time but things come up and sometimes I need to get a few things done.
No those are not the only things I bring on my carry-on but they are the top 10 essential items on my travel list. It may sound like a lot but trust me it isn’t. Many are small items and when packed properly don’t take up much room. I bring a purse/small backpack and a larger backpack as my carry-on so I easily fit these and more in my carry-on.
Now of course adjust your travel list to your needs but I won’t be surprised if some of my essential items were on your list too!