Nausea Relief for Your Next Flight: The Perfect Packing List for Your Carry On Luggage
First of all, what is the carry on luggage size?
Unfortunately, there is NO standard carry on luggage size that all airlines comply with. However, I think I can speak for most people when I say that the size for carry on luggage is fairly small, especially when you have to pack for all the best vacation spots you plan on going to!
Generally, airlines state that your bag cannot be larger than 9 x 14 x 22 inches (22 x 35 x 56 cm). However, a few airlines allow bigger carry-on suitcases that can be up to 10 x 16 x 24 inches (25 x 40 x 61 cm). Although you may have to go hunting for a tape measure, check the dimensions of your carry-on. You do not want to be stopped by TSA and have to go check your bag and get back in the security line! This could make you late for your flight, cause you to miss your flight, or simply leave you stressed out, and NO ONE wants that. Plus, the faster you get through security, the more time you have to relax, read a magazine, or grab a drink and a bite to eat.
Another important thing to check is whether your airline allows a carry-on and a personal item or just one of them. So, what is the difference between a personal item and a carry-on? Carry-on suitcases must fit in the overhead bin and are generally larger than your personal item. They are typically smaller suitcases or duffel bags. Personal items must fit under the seat in front of you and are generally smaller than your carry-on suitcase. Personal items may be things like purses, briefcases, or small backpacks.
What travel items should I pack in my carry-on luggage?
It can be hard to decide what to bring on the plane and what to put in your checked bag. Luckily, after traveling both domestically and internationally, I have narrowed down the perfect packing list.
First, remember that even though no one wants it to happen, checked luggage can be lost or delayed. Although this might be an issue initially, if you pack your carry-on wisely, this problem won’t seem as bad. Your carry-on suitcase should be packed like a miniature version of your checked bag. You should have one or two sets of clothes, your most essential toiletries, and maybe a swimsuit/light jacket depending on your travel destination.
The Important Stuff
Also, keep your boarding passes, tickets, IDs, and reservation confirmations or important paperwork with you at all times. I actually like to keep my IDs and plane tickets in a small fanny pack around my waist to keep them easily accessible. Furthermore, any medication you might need is critical to pack in your carry-on. This includes insulin, Epi-Pens, and any other medication that needs to be taken regularly.
Snacks & Water
And you definitely don’t want to forget my favorites: snacks and water! While many airlines serve drinks and a bag of peanuts or pretzels if you’re lucky, it’s always nice to have some snacks accessible before you board the plane. But, wait, how do you get water through security? The answer is you don’t. To avoid paying astronomically high prices for bottled water at the airport, bring an empty water bottle and fill it up at a water fountain after going through security.