Perfectly Packing a Carry-on Luggage

November 29, 2018

Everyone loves going on a trip but the thought of packing luggage makes most people cringe! Packing a carry-on luggage can be a breeze by making a list of the most important items based on these suggestions.

The carry-on luggage is probably more vital than the checked luggage. Checked luggage can sometimes get lost on the way and not make it to the destination. Or airport delays can put travelers in a bind if they need something that they packed in checked luggage.  This is why it is important to place the most valuable items in the carry-on luggage.



Most medications need to be taken on a set schedule.  It helps to plan out for the duration of travel time and how many doses of a medicine are needed and then allocate 1-2 extra doses in the carry-on.  This is also a good time to update a list of all current medications should something happen that requires medical attention while gone from home.  It should be packed in your carry-on luggage and within easy access.


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Travel Documents

Carry-on luggage should have all required documentation needed to travel.  It is a good idea to print out all boarding passes and place with passports or other identification.  Place these items in a resealable bag such as a Ziploc to keep things from possibly spilling or leaking onto them.  Be sure to include any papers needed for hotel or other sleeping accommodations in this pack of papers.  It will make it easier upon landing to have this handy instead of digging through checked luggage.


This is especially important if traveling with small children.  Having one spare outfit per person in the carry-on luggage is a great idea in case of checked luggage being lost or an accident occurring on the plane or in the airport.  It is a good idea to toss in a sweatshirt or jacket as planes are usually kept at a lower temperature to prevent the spread of germs.

Items for children

It is highly recommended that packing a carry-on luggage should include everything a baby needs, plus some! Pack numerous extra diapers, wipes, pacifiers, formula, toys, and clothes.  Older children can tote their own backpack carry-on with snacks, toys, tablet, and headphones if old enough.


NEVER pack anything of value in checked luggage; it should ALWAYS go into carry-on luggage.  This can include money, cameras, laptops, mp3 players, and cell phones.  Do not leave your carry-on luggage unattended or out of sight.  Total theft of the bag is a concern as is people rifling through the bags that are unattended.


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Disinfecting Wipes

Planes and airports are a breeding ground for viruses and bacteria.  Carrying disinfectant wipes while traveling makes it easier to wipe up things like tray tables, seat belts, and hands.  Place them inside an outer pocket of the carry-on luggage for easy access.


Love it or hate it, it’s airplane and airport food.  Carry snacks that are tasty and cheap to prevent overspending at the airport.  Also, this is helpful for small children.  Ward off the hunger pains to prevent low-blood sugar temper tantrums on the plane and at the airport.  This is a wonderful tip for those with constricted diets as well.  Don’t rely on the airplane or airport to have the proper required or desired food.


Pack travel-sized toothpaste, toothbrush, facial wipes, and feminine products.  It is great to be able to freshen up in between long flights or on the actual flight.  Keep toiletries grouped together in a resealable bag to prevent having to dig for one particular thing.  Also, keep this bag in the outer pockets of the carry-on luggage for easy access.


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What NOT to pack

Make sure to check with the specific airline or government to see a list of prohibited items such as lighters, batteries, flammable liquids, recreational knives, etc.  Even gel, shampoo, body wash and conditioners have limits to the sizes and amounts one is allowed to carry-on the plane.  Parents of small children will also need to check regarding sizes of breastmilk and formula that are allowed and the proper containers they are required to be in.