Surviving the Flight: The Essentials of Carry-On Packing


It’s finally time, you get to visit your SO! If you’re like me, you have a lot of travel time in front of you. Are you prepared for that 7 hour flight? You’re going to want to make sure you take full advantage of that carry-on! Use my short guide to packing your on-flight baggage to ensure you stay entertained, have enough snacks, and get some rest.

Toiletries: If you have to travel more than 5 hours you might want to pack a travel-size toothbrush, toothpaste, and some mouthwash in your carry-on luggage. Just make sure you follow TSA guidelines regarding the sizes and put any liquids in a small, clear, plastic bag. You may also want to bring some tissues and Band-Aids, just in case! You will also want to pack any medications you have in your carry-on. If the airline loses your checked luggage you want to make sure your health won’t be affected by it. Play it safe and bring your prescriptions on-board in your personal bag.

Entertainment: It can take a while to reach your destination so make sure you bring some of your hobbies along. I like to pack my Kindle, my iPod, and some paper/pens. Sometimes I’ll doodle on the plane while watching movies or read while listening to a little bit of music. If you really like to draw you could even make your SO a card on the plane as a “We finally get to see each other” present.

Snacks: Sometimes you get a lot of food provided during a flight. I always like to be prepared in case there aren’t many food options, turbulence cancels/postpones a meal, or I fall asleep during snack time. Try to avoid unhealthy snacks as these will make you feel more sluggish when you get to your SO. I also always bring bottles of water. It’s important to stay hydrated and the air on planes often dry me out more. I like to bring a few bottles in case the stewardess can’t come around often enough with water.

Rest: I ordered a pretty funny looking travel pillow on Amazon and I like it a lot more than the traditional “around the back of the neck” ones. Make sure you don’t settle for a really cheap one just to cut costs. You want to be comfortable! I like to use the free airplane pillow behind my back for a little added support. If you are a relatively normal sized or large person you might also want to bring your own blanket because airplane blankets tend to run on the smaller side. It’s also a great idea to pack a sleeping mask to block out the light and some earplugs if you’re sensitive to crying kids and snoring people.

Bonus Tip: I always bring a change of clothes for my destination. Sometimes I also bring a pair of flip flops because my sneakers become too tight on planes. Make certain you have comfy shoes if you’re going to be on a long flight!

There you have my quick tips for packing a carry-on to visit your SO. They’ll help you stay happy and healthy throughout the flight and hopefully looking more human and less zombie by the end of it. Think I forgot something? Let me know! I’d love to hear what other people bring along with them on the plane!

This post was inspired by the LDRBN prompt: Packing


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