Carry-On Bag Essentials
When I travel, I always trade in my purse for a larger bag so that my second carry-on can store all sorts of goodies to get me through the flight. After years of suffering through a heavy tote weighing down my shoulder as I maneuvered through the airport, I’m happy to say that I’ve finally seen the light and converted to using a backpack. Part of what convinced me to switch was stumbling upon this super-cute faux leather backpack. I love the added detail of the black and white trim and tassel zipper pulls (if you’ve seen any of my other posts, by now you know I can’t resist tassels!)
As an added bonus, it has interior pockets and is roomy enough to hold everything I like to have handy when I’m flying. I’m always curious to see what other people pick as their travel essentials, so here’s a peek at what I always make sure to pack:
I never leave home without snacks, and this is especially true when I’m flying and don’t know exactly when my next meal will be. A few granola bars go a long way towards keeping me happy until I can find real food. Chewing gum on the flight helps keep my ears clear, and mints are always a good idea in close quarters. I like to have my wallet, ID, passport (if needed) and any travel documents close by, so those go in my backpack, too. I always pack a charger for my cell phone so if there are flight delays and my battery starts to die, I can recharge while waiting in the airport, and my wireless headphones are great for listening to music or watching videos.
I like to have a notepad and pen with me so I can jot down ideas for the blog, or if the kids are traveling with me we can play a game of Hangman or two. I actually enjoy the forced down-time of an airplane ride, so I make sure to throw in a few magazines that I might not otherwise have time for, and my Kindle so I can make some real progress on the latest book I’m reading. Finally, I like to have my TSA bag with me so that I don’t have to stop and open up my carry-on suitcase when trying to get through security quickly (click here for tips on packing a carry-on suitcase).
What are your carry-on bag essentials? There’s still some room left in my backpack, so comment below and tell me what I might be forgetting!
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