The Essential Carry-on

The Jetsetting Diva

Love to travel but hate when you get stuck in the airport or have a long flight ahead of you. Pack these essential carry-on items for your best experience possible.

Reusable cup. Hate getting something to drink on a plane because it is in a regular cup and you feel like you have to drink the entire thing? Or you don’t like what they have to offer. You drink Pepsi and they have Coke? I like a cold cup from Starbucks because they come in many sizes, and if you fill them up you get a 10-cent discount on your drink purchase.

Headphones. These are crucial for a long flight or layover so you can pass the time watching TV or movies. The headphones that come with your phone will do the trick, but if you want to make an investment I suggest the Power Beats wireless. They have up to 12 hours of battery life and come with a convenient easy-to-carry pouch.

Snacks. Food is a very important part of keeping your mood maintained during travel. It is more important than ever nowadays since flights don’t serve food like they used to, plus people have more food restrictions as well. Make sure you have at least two energy bars that pertain to your food restrictions, such as gluten or dairy free. Also, snack packs of peanuts or pretzels are good to have on hand since they won’t spoil if the temperature changes.

Toiletries. While there will be a longer post in the future about the perfect toiletry bag, here are the essentials that you must have at all times. A disposable toothbrush and toothpaste, make-up wipes, tinted Chapstick and BB cream. Also, don’t forget any important medicine that you may take.

Scarf/Blanket. There is nothing worse than being cold and not being able to do anything about it. Pack a lightweight blanket that can double as a scarf because if your neck is warm, so are you.

Book or Magazine. You don’t want to be without something to do if your preferred electronic device dies!

Eye Mask. A must for a decent sleep if you need total darkness. If you are lucky enough to be in first class on a long flight, you might get one complimentary. If not, invest in one that is adjustable so that you can contour it to your face and block out as much light as possible.

Travel Pillow. This one is a personal choice since there are so many shapes. A log, U-shape, wrap, and an actual pillow. I prefer the trtl pillow because it gives great support and it keeps your neck warm as well.

Back-Up Battery. This is the MOST important item when packing for a trip. I prefer to pack two — one that has a lot of power and one that doesn’t have as much, such as a 20,000 MAH and a 5,000 MAH. You can use the larger one on the plane or airport and have a backup for when you get to your destination and your room isn’t ready. Also, try to do all your reading/watching on one device so you only have to recharge one item and you can reserve back up battery power.

Bonus Tip: Remember to download everything you want to watch or read before you get on the plane because its wi-fi can be sketchy at best.

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