Being a bookworm as a child meant that my carry-on was out of control. I don’t want to think about the pounds I carried on my back as a kid or all the times my parents told me that I didn’t need that many books when I insisted that I did. And you know, I did. Now thanks to the kindle app, things are a lot better except for one other tick I have. I have to have all of my technology with me. It freaks me out to pack it anywhere else. Yes, it’s know fun to go through the security line with a laptop (or be the person behind someone with one) but if done right, your carry-on can have everything you need to feel comfortable without weighing you down literally or in that security line. So on this last trips, I had my computer (because I knew I would be taking a lot of photos), my camera, lenses, my old school generation 1 iPad that makes noise for me to sleep to (you can laugh haha) and various cords. Regardless, here are my 5 Travel Tips for Your Carry-On.
1. The Bag.
Choose a bag that is the perfect size. Duh. But here’s the thing, even if it can fit under the seat in front of you, if it’s a bigger bag, chances are you are likely to fill it and it’s going to be heavy. Better to have everything extremely compact like in my version below. All those things should not fit in that bag (plus a book and a bible study member book not pictured and my prescriptions and a few more cords) but they do. It may be like puzzle pieces and you may not be able to fit much else in it, but it stops you from over packing on a bag that you have to cart everywhere with you.
2. Always Carry On Medicines (and bathing suits if you are going somewhere tropical).
My prescriptions aren’t pictured there but just in case (please no) your luggage is lost, you have what you need to get you through the time until it is returned to you. And if you are going to a beach/tropical locale where you plan to lay your out for a week (jealous) pack a suit in your carry on. Believe me, if your luggage is lost, you won’t even be mad because you will be on the beach until they return it.
3. Carry Singles.
Cash? Who carries cash? You do when you are traveling. It’s just smart. Also, my nonna makes me have this rule of the cash. But the singles are important in case you decide you are going to check in curbside instead of waiting in a long line inside (perhaps you are cutting it close time wise…side eye to myself) because you tip those men and or women. Also if you are staying in a hotel versus bumming off friends (I tend to do the latter), you need singles to tip the bellmen, etc.
4. Know Thyself.
If a flight is under two hours, I am liable to either just sit there (it’s so weird because I don’t “just sit there” anywhere else or sleep in a really uncomfortable position. So I don’t pack a ton of books in my carry-on anymore (or a ton of “activities” either). Now, if I am in a longer flight, in goes my journal and books and things to keep me occupied as best they can. I may, if a giftcard is at the ready, rent an iTunes movie. In general, I don’t purchase wi-fi because I think it is a racket (this is just my general position that does not necessarily make sense) unless I am going transatlantic.
5. Charge Everything Before You Go.
It’s not that fun when you go to read something on your iPad and it’s dead (stupid) and when I travel I always run my phone’s batteries down because in between flights or at the airport I am texting everyone, or trying to reply to y’all here (I can say that here because I was down south), or catching up Social Media in a way that I don’t normally (I don’t sit glued to twitter. Ha) so that baby better be all the way charged (and yes, I know there are outlets at airports but those baby are hot commodities and you’re lucky to get one).
*Bonus: whenever possible carry on your main bag as to avoid luggage fees, the possibility of lost baggage, and waiting in baggage claim.
Because of my OCD need to hold on to all technology in my carry-on, it’s still heavy (the good news is that if anyone broke in when I was gone, there would be nothing of value to steal! Hooray!). Do you have any tips for the well versed traveler or even someone who doesn’t travel often?
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