Items to Pack in Your Carry-On

Experienced travelers know that having all of your essential items at your fingertips during your flight is key, but you also need to follow TSA guidelines while making sure your carry-on fits into the overhead compartment of the plane or under the seat in front of you. For those travelers who want to avoid checking any baggage, the carry-on is of even more importance.

Remembering the Essentials

The most important items to take on a plane are your essentials: your tickets, passport or other identification. In addition, you’ll want to pack some entertainment, such as a book or magazine, and a pair of headphones, as most airlines charge for using theirs. Take your smartphone or tablet with music, TV shows and movies. It’s best to download these in advance so you’re not using up your data if you have trouble connecting to the airport Wi-Fi or don’t want to pay for it.

Compression Socks

If you’ve ever walked barefoot through airport security, you know the importance of having a backup pair of socks in your carry-on. On long flights, experts recommend compression socks, which boost circulation and help prevent swelling and blood clots—plus keep your toes nice and toasty in chilly airplane cabins.

Eye Mask

Falling soundly asleep on a plane remains a talent that has somehow eluded us. Still, an eye mask can go a long way by canceling out harsh light and other distractions. This affordable option is comfortable and contoured and it includes a pouch and an ear plug set.

Water Bottle

One easy way to invest in your health and the environment when you travel: use a filtered water bottle. There are plenty of great options out there, but our personal fave is this 2 pack of Brita 20 oz. Sport Water Bottles. The water bottles filter and reduce chlorine taste and odor found in tap water as you drink


Nothing compares to an old-fashioned journal to document your daily adventures on your journey. This leather journal is equipped with a pen holder, card slots, and a zippered pouch.

Neck Pillow

A neck pillow is a must for us on international overnight flights. The revolutionary Trtl travel pillow keeps your head in an upright position while you snooze against its hidden internal support system. Half the size of an ordinary U-shaped pillow, it’ll fit right into your under-seat carry-on bag.

Face Masks

This is a must-have accessory now, though some airlines and airports are providing them in the event you forget to pack your own. We suggest packing several for your trip.


Between engine noise and crying babies, there’s no question that a powerful pair of headphones is a travel must. These noise cancelling headphones are comfortable and they sound amazing! The over-ear model was designed for comfort during extra-long listening sessions, and the battery life is set to match—you can listen wirelessly for over 30 hours on a single charge in the bluetooth mode.

Portable Phone Charger

The deficit of electrical outlets in airports is a major problem, one that is not likely to be solved in the immediate future. For the time being, make do with this lipstick-sized portable charger from Anker. The design is compact as can be, and the power bank has a 5000 mAh battery to provide one full charge for most iPhones.

Hand Sanitizer

To put in mildly, planes are gross. Keep the germs at bay with Elyptol, hand sanitizer wipes that uses natural ingredients—eucalyptus oil and naturally-sourced pure ethanol—to kill up to 99.99% of bacteria and fungi.

Travel Blanket

Planes can often feel freezing—and there’s nothing worse than shivering for 10 hours on an international flight. Pack a compact travel blanket in your carry-on…just in case.

Jet Lag Remedy

Call it placebo effect if you want, but over 1,000 Amazon reviewers say that these homeopathic jet lag prevention tablets really work. Made with just five all-natural ingredients, the supplement is designed to combat fatigue, disorientation, dehydration, lack of concentration, and other side effects of long-haul travel.

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