Packing Guide: Carry-On Essentials

How to Pack the Perfect Carry-On for Your Travels

Whenever I travel, packing my carry-on is very important. However, it sometimes changes – whether it is a long-distance or short-distance flight. Find out what I pack when I have long-distance flights and what the best carry-on essentials are in my eyes.

Here is my Packing Guide: Carry-on must-have items for long-distance flights. Find out what to do before an international flight.

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Here are my favorite carry-on items for long-distance flights which I always pack (unless I am not well organized which can happen once in a while, but this is what my perfect carry-on items look like).

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Entertainment / Tech Gear

  • I have my laptop with me whenever I fly, as I can work etc. – The new TSA regulations are stricter now, so you are probably not allowed to take your laptop as a carry-on item, so double-check before you fly.
  • A while ago, I thought my tablet is the most useless item I bought in a while – since I can download from Netflix (and thus watch my shows offline) I have found one good argument for bringing my tablet with me whenever I travel
  • My phone– without doubt one of my most useful and important (travel) item
  • Pack a camera – I love taking shots from my window seat – and since I take valuables with me, this is in my carry-on bag (if you are more minimalistic and do not want to pack heavy, skip the camera and just use your phone – in this case, it might be a good investment to get a good mobile phone). This is the camera that I am using atm – nothing overly fancy but good enough for me.
  • I have to admit, that I still don’t have a kindle, so a “real” book is often an essential
  • A power charger – how long does your phone battery last? Not long? Neither does mine, so this is essential.

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Comfort / Clothes

  • A neck pillow– my best friend when traveling for more than 4 hours
  • Warm socks which are also stylish
  • I personally do not use a sleeping mask but a must-have for many travelers
  • A big and warm scarf is my absolute must-have (which I can use for different purposes)
  • Flat shoes that can be easily taken off
  • A cardigan which I use occasionally as an extra blanket
  • For long-distance flights, compression socks are a must because my legs get heavy and I have suffered from circulatory disturbances

Beauty / Stay Fresh

  • Dry shampoo– though I do not use it normally it is perfect after long-distance flights (check size and choose the small travel size)
  • My favorite hairbrush (especially for longer hair) – or if you have less space take a comb
  • Refreshing towelettes– though I think they are not eco-friendly sometimes they are just essential and a must.
  • Face cream (which I also use as a hand cream, so I do not have to take another cream)
  • A small cosmetic bag for your makeup
  • Peppermint drops or chewing gums (though I heard chewing gums are not good when you fly, so probably stick to peppermint drops
  • Deodorant– I don’t think, I need to explain this further 🙂
  • Invisibobble hair ties – I hate my hair open when I am in the plane
  • Toothbrush & paste  should also be self-explanatory as well as mouthwash
  • I do not wear much makeup normally, rouge & mascara are my lifesavers, though
  • I have dry eyes so eyedrops are a must for me
  • I am normally sick when I fly (not sure why this happens, but I always have a cold!) and always have some tissues with me

So, girls (and boys) I hope, this list is comprehensive and all important items are listed. If I have forgotten something leave a comment, so I can add it.

Safe travels wherever you are headed! Arzo

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