Howdy! It’s time! Your vacation has officially arrived and its time to pack! However, your excitement for your travel adventure is causing a brain lapse and suddenly you aren’t sure what to pack!! Never fear-your Travel Guru’s are here to save the day! We are going to tell you the absolutely most important things you should pack in your carry on.
What is a Carry On?
The airline industry has created some standard sizes and descriptions that constitute carry on. Most airlines allow you to bring one carry-on and one personal item.
A personal item can be a purse, laptop bag, brief case, backpack or tote. It must be small enough to fit underneath the seat in front of you. The maximum size for your personal item is 14″ x 18″ x 8″.
A carry on item is 22″ x 14″ x 9″. This size must include the wheels and the handle of your small suitcase. Overhead bins are the best place to store carry-on luggage.
If you are only bringing a personal item and not a carry on, it is airline etiquette to leave the overhead bins open for those with small suitcases that constitute as a carry on. This is why your personal item needs to fit underneath the seat in front of you.
What to Pack in your Carry On
There are absolutely crucial items you should pack in your carry on and/or personal item. Sometimes luggage gets lost or delayed, so you don’t want to end up far away from home with nothing!
The most important thing you should carry on is your medication. Medication should remain in their prescription bottles. It is almost impossible to get a refill of a prescription when you are far away from home. I also highly recommend packing any over the counter medications you might need while traveling.
Your phone charger is also a must. Imagine you are on your travel adventure! You are meeting your tour group in Monte Carlo before visiting Italy. There is a six-hour delay on your flight in the US.Y ou finally land in London to catch your flight to Monte Carlo and your phone dies. In the meantime, you have no way of contacting your Travel Agent, your friends and family back home, or your Tour group to let them know you are extremely delayed.You can find a charging station just about anywhere in the airport now and many planes also have a USB connection for you to use as well. So pack that charging cable just in case your phone dies while your reading on that long flight.
It is also very important your bring all of your travel documents, such as your ID, passport. Print out your itineraries and any cruise/tour/hotel/car rental information as well. I once knew someone who packed their passport in their checked luggage and unfortunately they were denied boarding and missed their flight. You don’t want to start your vacation off like that, trust me!
Pack a change of clothes. Remember that lost or delayed luggage scenario? You don’t want to be caught without clean clothes to change into. Especially if it’s going to take the airlines longer than a day to deliver your missing luggage.
Along with your change or clothes, pack some essential toiletries like a toothbrush and toothpaste, contact case, and your glasses. Just remember the 3-1-1 rule. Any liquids, aerosols, and gels must not be more than 3.4 ounces. Liquids must fit in one quart sized bag, which can then be placed back in your carry-on after going through security. Larger items will be confiscated.
If you are traveling with any valuables, such as jewelry for a special occasion. As heartbreaking as it is to lose luggage or have it stolen sometimes, nothing is more heartbreaking than losing valuables
A collapsible water bottle and snack are also highly recommended. Remember you can’t go through security with liquids that don’t follow the 3-1-1 rule. Your collapsible water bottle will take up minimal room in your carry on and you can fill it up as needed once you get through security. Staying hydrated is absolutely important while traveling-you don’t want to end up in a hospital for dehydration! A snack is always a good idea. Having your blood sugar drop is a terrible feeling and not how you want to start out your vacation!
Hooray! The brain fog has lifted, and you are packed and ready to go, traveling like the smart and educated traveler that you are! Your Travel Guru’s are always available to help curate your next travel adventure. They can help you with destination ideas, pricing and the perfect itinerary! Contact your Travel Guru today! Oh, and if you need a payment plan to fund your next travel adventure-we got those too.