The carry-on is an important piece of luggage when packing for your flight. With the right items, you will feel comfortable knowing, in the event the airline:
1. has a delay or misplaces your checked baggage,
2. has a long layover or delayed flight, OR
3. may not have food you fancy…
you will have everything you need!
Here are 5 essential items you need to pack in your carry-on:
1. Passport Holder
A passport holder is multifunctional. Not only does it store your passport, but can also store cash/cards, and plane tickets without carrying them in your hand. It’s important to keep the passport holder, in your carry-on, because it will be with you at all times.
You may have a late or early flight that will have you in the airport prior to anything opening. In the event this happens, keeping a few of your favorite snacks handy can go a long way. Liquids are not allowed, unless purchased in the airport. However, you can pack dry goods like a candy bar, chips, a piece of fruit, or all of the above. Also, chewing gum is a good snack to put in your carry-on as it can help with the air pressure during take-off and landing.
3. Bag of Toiletries
A good rule of thumb for traveling is to always pack TSA regulated toiletries in a compact bag and keep it in your carry-on. A clear bag is usually best when traveling to places like Germany, which require you to remove toiletry items from your carry-on. It’s a lot easier when they can see through the bag. Also, being able to refresh yourself mid-flight or during a layover, can really help to make you feel at ease. Items in this bag should include travel-sized toothbrush/toothpaste, deodorant, brush, lotion, towelettes, underwear, socks, etc.
4. Universal Converter Plug
Europe is known for having a different type of wall outlet that is not the same as the U.S. Because of this, it’s important to have a universal converter plug that will allow you to plug in your devices anywhere in the world. These converters come in compact sizes that will fit perfectly in your carry-on.
There’s nothing more uncertain than the forecast in European cities, like London. With each ever-changing day, having a travel-sized umbrella or poncho can really save the trip. It’s a lot easier having these items on hand, rather than having to find somewhere to buy them.
Since your carry-on will always be on hand, it’s great to have items you need, readily available. Each of these items can also serve you in case of an emergency. It’s always great to pack light, but imperative to pack smart!