How many times have you been traveling, and gone to reach for something in your carry-on bag, thinking you have it, but finding that you don’t? We have all been there. That’s why it’s essential that, whenever you fly, you’ve got a checklist that you reference for each and every item you pack.
You know the checklist that your mom would go through with you whenever you went over your friends’ house… the whole “Toothbrush? Check!” “Deodorant? Check!” Now that you’re an adult with your own responsibilities, you suddenly find yourself going through your own checklist, trying to make sure you don’t forget anything important you may need for your trip.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with making a checklist for yourself, especially when traveling by air. Once you make it through security, there is no turning back! Whatever you left at home will just have to stay at home until you come back So, make the checklist just to be on the safe side.
When writing out your traveling checklist, you also want to make sure you prepare for the unexpected. Whether your flight got delayed or canceled, or the airline lost your luggage, it’s always a wise investment to protect your belongings. Now, for the actual items that you will be carrying on the plane, there are a few essentials that you should always bring, no matter where you’re going. Before you leave your home to head to the airport, make sure these items are on your checklist, and in your carry-on bag! If you’re planning a backpacking trip – here’s a list of some great backpacking tips to help you on your way.
Forms of I.D.
You need to have your I.D. on you at all times regardless, but sometimes we get a little tense and nervous when we’re consciously trying to be careful, and forget things that we otherwise would never neglect. This is the most important item to have in your carry-on bag. You won’t even be able to get in the airport without it.
Chargers for Your Electronics
If you’re anything like everyone else, then your phone is your life, and letting your phone die at the airport is unacceptable. Even the airport knows that, because they have charging stations everywhere. Whether it’s for your cell phone, laptop, or tablet, the airport knows how important our devices are to us, and they provide outlets for us to stay connected…but it’s up to you to bring the actual charger(s) you need.
Out of respect to the other travelers, please bring your headphones. Everyone doesn’t listen to the same type of music as you, or watch the same type of shows as you, so don’t spoil their traveling experience just so you can enjoy yours.
Headphones are a form of etiquette in general, whether you’re on a plane or riding in the car with your grandmother. Most people don’t want to hear whatever it is you’re engaged with on your phone or tablet. It’s just polite to not disturb others with unnecessary noise, especially when traveling with kids. Those kiddies songs and shows will make anyone’s ears bleed!
Planes and airplanes have to be one of the biggest breeding places of germs, and for some reason, you’re always the lucky one who gets the seat next to the person with the runny nose, who’s sneezing their head off.
Germs live everywhere, but when traveling, you especially want to have hand sanitizer on hand in your carry-on bag. It’s just something good to have on you when you’re not always able to get to a bathroom to wash your hands.
Gum is a great way to help your ears pop when on the plane, and relieve the pain brought about by air pressure. Luckily, the airport has an abundance of gum for you to purchase if you forget to bring some before you get to the airport. Just keep in mind that everything at the airport is very expensive, so get ready to pay anywhere from $5-$6 for a pack of gum at the airport, but your ears will be thankful you did.