Whenever I travel, my carry on is an important part of my packing plan. Questions I consider include if I want to work or not and am I likely to be hungry before my arrival. For a long flight, the answer is definitely yes to all of the above plus whatever else I can think of! I don’t plan to work on the plane this time around, but I still have to make some plans for staying sane in the air. So, here is the list of what to pack in your international carryon!
WHAT TO PACK IN YOUR INTERNATIONAL CARRYON
This black bag was my go-to travel bag for years. It’s actually a diaper bag from the Coach outlet store, but after removing the pad, it’s the ideal work bag. More designers and stores are making travel bags like this, but searching for a diaper bag is always a good idea – lots of pockets and perhaps a water bottle holder!
international flight carry on packing list
Because the contents of my international carry on bag are all I have for a while, I have a wide variety of necessities…
ENTERTAINMENT: I’m taking my laptop onboard but may not use it in flight. For entertainment, I plan to listen to music and play solitaire on my phone, watch movies, and start one of my books (Judy Greer’s I Don’t Know What You Know Me From and Robert M. Edsel’s The Monuments Men – what the movie is based off of). I bought my fiance The Irregulars about Roald Dahl as a spy during World War II. I’m totally planning to snatch that from him once he’s done too! A notebook, pens, and business cards are always a must too. And since it’s a long flight, I’m hoping to get lots of sleep too! Wish me luck.
FOR THE MUNCHIES: Since I eat so much, I’m taking some snacks along for the ride – healthy and a little less so. I also always have gum and will probably stick in some hard candy too.
what to pack in hand luggage on plane
NECESSITIES: Whenever I’m flying for a trip, I always have a scarf with me that serves both fashion and function. It also triples as a pillow if necessary.
You’ll also find my mini carryall that I pull right out of my purse (full of the everyday necessities like chapstick, gum, and a pen). When I arrive, I’ll put it back in my purse and I’ll be ready to go.
And of course, my jewelry box. After losing my luggage for a few days when I was younger, I realized that my jewelry would be the irreplaceable thing for me, so I’m always sure to have it with me.
Because I hope to sleep on the plane, I’m sticking in my eye mask. I’ve had this one since junior high or high school. It can be a real lifesaver!
And finally, for super long travel days, I bring my toothbrush and face wash in my carryon. I find that brushing my teeth and washing my face before “bedtime” can really help me ease into the less than comfortable sleeping situation. It’ll be a slightly longer trip to the bathroom (in flight or in the airport), but it’s well worth it. I’ll also stick a small hand towel (not pictured) into my international carry on bag.
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