Flying can be an uncomfortable experience – waiting in line, going through security and struggling to find space on your shared armrest; forgetting the creature comforts you need to make the flight just a bit more comfortable can make that short trip seem very long. We have put together what we have found to be the top 7 Carry-on essentials you should always have in your bag.
Here are 7 carry-on essentials you should always pack:
Air on planes is recycled and airports are not known for their sterile nature, don’t forget your wipes and hand sanitize! No one wants to get sick while traveling and using bleach wipes to disinfect hard surfaces (that you might eat on) can help to keep bacteria at bay. Hand sanitizer or wipes offer a gentler option for skin but keep in mind that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) only recommends hand sanitizer when you can’t wash your hands with soap and water.
Blankets aren’t necessary easily accessible or available for everyone and many people prefer to stay away from airline blankets for fear of germs. Never fear! We have the solution – oversized scarves- fashionable, wearable comfort that can easily be stashed and doubles as a blanket or a headrest.
Even if it’s a quick trip always pack a spare toothbrush and travel sized toothpaste just in case your bags are lost. Foldable and disposable options are ultra-light and easy to pack not to mention if used in a dirty bathroom thrown away without second thought.
Even though most airlines offer headphones, no matter what your preference, you probably won’t be getting them from your airline. Packing the right headphones (e.g. with noise-cancellation) will not only make you more comfortable but help to pass the time when you are waiting at the airport for your next flight.
Airport and airplane charging stations have come along away but they are often overcrowded and inconveniently located. Packing a backup battery will make sure you have enough power to accomplish your goals and be fully prepared for your next meeting.
Everyone knows flying is extremely dehydrating and keeping your skin and body hydrated is essential. Dehydration not only tires you out it also weakens your immune system so you are more likely to get sick. Packing and using a travel-sized lotion, saline facial spray and a lip balm can help you feel refreshed and stay hydrated when you complete your journey.
Eye Mask & Ear Plugs
Although some airlines may provide eye masks or ear plugs (especially on long haul flights) but bringing your own – takes up almost no room and ensures a restful. Some eye masks also double as headphones! Two essentials in one item – that’s a win!