Thursday, 16 March 2017

10 essentials to pack in your carry on airline bag.


In February I finally achieved my dream of travelling around Rajasthan India. It was the most amazing experience and I am going to share my journey through a series of blog posts. What I learnt is that to enjoy your trip, travel light and be organised. In this post I am going to share 10 essentials that one should make sure you carry in your airline bag.
I highly recommend that you choose your carry on hand luggage that is practical light weight and fits within the airline size guide.


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Choose a lightweight trolley bag or backpack. I would advise to pack light and only carry basic essentials, its often very tempting to take unnecessary items that just adds weight, the less you have to carry the more relaxed you will be.


My top 10 tips are:


1. Carry a small cross over handbag to hold important documents such as passports, tickets, phone and money. This will enable you to have your most important possessions on person at all times. Some airlines only allow one piece of hand luggage you can easily pop your crossover bag in your trolley bag whilst going through security checks and then you can remove it and carry on person.


2. Keep a paper list of emergency contacts, photocopies of passports and important documents such as insurance details in case you lose your phone or important documents. 

3. Keep pens and small notebook you may be required to fill in a customs form on the aircraft before landing.

4. Pack a book or tablet to keep you occupied.


5. Pack a light weight jacket, pasmina or shawl as it can be rather cold on an aeroplane and I would highly recommend flight socks also  as they will stop you getting swollen ankles.

6. Carry a portable battery pack and chargers and headphones. If you find having a pillow useful take with you the inflated one that can be deflated for easy storing.


7. Pack some energy snacks such as cereal bars in case of delays and some boiled sweets to suck in case your ears pop during takeoff and landing.





8. Pack paracetamol, ibuprofen, hand sanitiser (make sure not bigger than 100 ml), tissues and antibacterial wipes.



9. Lightweight change of clothing for long haul flights; t shirt, trousers, under cloths and socks. ( I always carry a toothbrush, spare pair of glasses too.)

10. Last but not least I always purchase a bottle of water to take onto the aircraft with me once I have checked in. It is very important to keep hydrated when travelling.

I find that having these items in my carry on really useful and it makes travelling comfortable knowing I have all my basic essentials with me. Also don't forget to weigh your hand luggage prior to leaving home to make sure it is within the weight allowed for the airline you are travelling with.

When travelling are there any items that you find useful to carry, do let me know your tips and suggestions in the comments section.

45 comments:

  1. Really great travel packing tips and wet wipes is always a must to help freshen up
    Thanks for sharing

    Laura x

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  2. Great packing tips! I am always with kids so have to add approximately 100 more items too! hahaha

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    1. I know its difficult to travel light when you have kids.

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  3. Great list Nayna. Making me wish I was going on holiday too . Like you I always pack a change of clothes - just in case my baggage gets misplaced.

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    1. A few years back the air steward knocked a jug of coffee over me during a flight. I had to sit through my journey wrapped in a blanket whilst they tried to dry my trousers!!!! Since then I have always packed spare cloths.

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  4. I never manage to fit everything I need in my on board luggage. Fab tips here to help me in the future!

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  5. great essentials I always panic when it comes to my hand luggage xo

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  6. Fantastic tips! I haven't flown in so long, I will definitely bookmark this for future trips though!

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  7. I hate it when airlines are so strict on making you put a tiny handbag in your trolley, just for you to pull it out when you go through. I like having my absolute essentials in there x

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  8. Love all these tips! I always take hand luggage wherever I go - managed 4 weeks in Colombia on just hand luggage!

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  9. Fab article always find packing so stressful. Thanks for sharing :) x

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  10. I've just booked a holiday to Croatia, so this has come in handy!

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  11. This is a great list of essentials to pack in your carry-on. It pays to have as many essentials with you as you can fit in your bag, just in case of lost or delayed luggage.

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  12. Great tips, I love a crossover bag too to keep essentials close to me and as you say, it can easily squeeze into hand luggage!

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  13. brilliant tips i hope one day i can se them and get away i need a break

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  14. I love posts like this because I really enjoy travelling. I have lots of these items covered but I really need to photocopy my passport etc! xxx

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  15. great tips especially the one about photocopying your passports and other docs.

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  16. Really great travel tips. My mummy also carries a crossover bag which she keeps all the really important stuff in. It's good that is close to hand and she also stuffs it in the cabin case before boarding x

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  17. Great tips I need to remember to do a list of emergency numbers at that would come in handy if needed.

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  18. Great tips here, I always like to a scarf and socks with me as planes can be so cold! x

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  19. I always pack a book. I think I will now consider writing down emergency numbers for when I travel next

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  20. Great points and something on wheels is so incredibly handy to have x

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  21. Perfect post! I usually carry most of these items but I will include those that I'm missing on my next trip, so helpful. Love the idea of buying a bottle of water once check in and writing important documents.

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  22. Perfect post! I usually carry most of these items but I will include those that I'm missing on my next trip, so helpful. Love the idea of buying a bottle of water once check in and writing important documents.

    https://withlovewen.com

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  23. Great tips - pretty much exactly what I take in my own carry-on luggage! I also always take a chapstick, and my travel pillow - it's not inflatable, so bit of a faff to carry, but SO worth it for the extra comfort. x

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  24. I really need to get better organised when going on trips!! I'm terrible at remembering things or even knowing what to carry on me! Great tips!

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  25. I travel a lot so I found this so helpful. I take a lot of the same items - I like having my valuables on my person! xo

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  26. Fab tips! I'm pretty much the same as you and try to travel light.

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  27. Great tips! They're basically the same as what I put in my carry on :)

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  28. Amazing tips! I always carry granola bars with me too incase I feel way too hungry!

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  29. Great and useful tips ! Even I follow the same except the second point. Thanks for sharing.. will keep this mind during my next travel :)

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  30. Useful tips Nayna, I always try to travel light and always put in extra change of clothes in the hand luggage as thrice now we've arrived at destinations without our main luggage. I would like to kick myself --- we carry photocopies of passport and important documents but they usually are packed away in our main luggage. I guess what's the point if say we lose a document in between airports!! Silly me!

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  31. This post is going to be helpful to many.. I also like to travel light. So nice to see you enjoyed the Rajasthan trip. That is my favourite too. I have been visiting Since I was a kid as most of my relatives live in Jaipur.Recently went to Udaipur. Now waiting to see Jodhpur.

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  32. Love this! I literally just posted a top 10 of what I pack for long flights and it is so fun to see how different two lists can be! You listed so many great items!
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  33. These are some great tips. I like to travel light too. I'm trying to teach my kids how to do the same. Those wet wipes are a must for us.

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  34. Great list! I would add that I'd recommend packing a duffel bag as a carry on if you have a lot of stuff, as you can usually get it to fit within whatever height/length/width restriction airlines have ;)

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  35. Awesome guide. I think a notebook and pen can come in so useful. Like you say it's great for the cards you have to fill out. Also blog ideas! Sometimes I have the best content ideas while flying.

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  36. Thanks for the tips! I think I'm going to see if I can find those flight socks here - great idea!

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  37. For some reason, I'd never linked travelling around India with being super organised as I feel to be able to travel in India you need to let go of structure and embrasse the chaos. But packing light is always a good idea and you have some good system. I like the cheat sheet with airlines requirements. That is so useful

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  38. Personally, I don't travel with this many things, but I'm sure others find it useful. I just toss in my laptop, phone, passport, and go, haha.

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  39. Great list for the beginners out there. Never thought of flight socks. I will have to try those!

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  40. I love that you include the picture guide to the popular airlines and their bag restrictions that was very helpful. Thanks for sharing these tips I hope it will help me travel a bit lighter!

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  41. great tips ! I don't fly often, so these things are good to know. I'm sure I would deff want to bring a blanket :)

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  42. This is a great list! I always keep such lists handy for packing & shopping. Striking off each item makes me incredibly reassured of having things in control!

    Parampara
    http://awaradiaries.com

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