Whether you travel frequently or are planning to for the first time since before the pandemic, it’s important to pack smart and efficient for a successful vacation and airplane experience. There is no worse feeling than being on an airplane, shuffling through your unorganized bag in the tightness of your seat, and realizing you forgot the one thing you need to enjoy the flight.
We’re here to help! We’ve drafted the essential carry-on packing list, including necessary pandemic-prep items and more, to better prepare you for an enjoyable ride and stress-free return to the skies.
Before packing anything, evaluate your carry-on bag. On most flights, you are allowed one carry-on for the overhead bin and one personal item. Ensure the carry-on bag, or suitcase, meets the airlines’ size requirements to avoid a hard time at the airport. When in doubt, use App in the Air’s VR-powered luggage measurement tool to ensure your bag will fit on the plane. For the personal item, choose a backpack, briefcase, purse, or bag that will fit all the in-flight essentials. Consider a bag with multiple sections to store your items in a clean and organized fashion while you’re on the go. Check out this backpack from Amazon. It has clear spots for keeping your items and necessary travel documents. It is also easily attachable to your suitcase for rolling, and even has its own USB charging port.
The Clean Kit:
For health and safety purposes, it is always a good idea to have a mini COVID-free to-go kit for your travels. Stock a pouch, makeup bag or Ziplock with hand sanitizer, extra masks in case you lose yours, sanitizing wipes and anything else you need to feel safe and clean. Here’s an idea of a pouch you could use to build your ‘clean kit’.
The Comfort Kit:
While onboard, the captain will say “sit back and relax,” but this is easier said than done! Pack what you need to have a comfortable ride. Try this firm memory foam airplane pillow for the ultimate comfort and neck support. Also pack some ear plugs or headphones, an eye mask, fold-up blanket, a book, magazine, or anything else you need to enjoy the ride.
The Portable Necessities:
With every flight, it’s important to have the essentials you need to prepare for any unforeseen circumstances. Make sure in your carry-on luggage you have necessary medications, portable toiletries which can be stored in mini containers, a portable charger and anything else you need. In your personal bag have your travel documents, wallet, ID and required items safely tucked away.
Preparation and efficiency are key to a stress-free and enjoyable flying experience. With these essential packing guidelines and travel product recommendations in mind, you will be more ready than ever to take your next flight.
Now you’re ready for takeoff — Bon voyage!