Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, the most important bag that you will have to pack is your carry on luggage. This luggage bag will have everything in it to maintain your daily routine while you are traveling. Of course, depending on your personal daily requirements and the reason you are traveling will all depend on what you pack in your carry on. Listed below are a few travel tips on what to pack in your carry on luggage.
Traveling for Leisure
Prescription medication, you need to pack it in your carry on for easy access. I pack my husbands medication in a plastic bag in the prescription bottles that he receives them from the drugstore for security check purposes.
Daily hygiene items, toothbrush, toothpaste, some cosmetics, etc.
Identification, passport, cash. I wear a fanny pack instead of carrying a purse with a little cash in it just in case I need to purchase things while en route to my destination.
Take a book to read. Helps pass the time at the airport and on the plane. My husband likes to do puzzles therefore he takes a puzzle book in his carry on.
Pack 3 – 4 days worth of clothing, depending on the activities that you have planned for while you are away. Undergarments, shorts, bathing suit, sundresses, sandals etc. Our clothes are basic colors and we can mix and match so that we are not over packed at the same time.
Make a packing list, as stated in a previous article, of your essentials and your non-essentials. You can always cut down on your non-essentials if you feel your carry on is over packed.
Traveling for Business
Business files and business papers. You can always do some paperwork on the plane to get prepared for the business meeting.
If you are checking luggage, your carry on will consist of all the items that you will need close at hand and you can’t afford to lose. Your carry on will also include items that will sustain you for a few days just in case your checked luggage does get lost. You certainly don’t want to go shopping for items that you need immediately as soon as you arrive at your destination.
My husband and I don’t check any luggage. Most airlines allow one carry on and a personal bag, so between the two of us we get all our necessary items into our carry on luggage. We have no fear of losing our luggage and we save money by not checking bags. Our luggage arrives when we do. So much easier.