It can be easy to fall into the traveling trap where you either pack way too much in your carry-on bag or miss some vital belongings out. There never seems to be a happy medium with packing a carry-on, but alas, it can be done. We’re here to give you some of the main tips for what not to do when you’re packing your carry-on.
Stick to the rules
The first thing to remember is the airport security rules. Liquids in your carry-on bag should not exceed 34 ounces and should be packaged in a clear plastic bag. When packing your carry-on, it’s important to remember this so that you don’t have to throw anything in the trash at the airport. Plus, it’s handy to keep these at the top of your bag so that they’re easily accessible when it comes to getting them out at security. Needless to say, check the prohibited items and make sure you aren’t packing any because they will be discarded of as well as possibly getting you into some major trouble. It’s also important to know the size – and weight, in some cases – limit of a carry-on bag for your flight to make sure your bag is suitable.
Don’t get bored
Make sure that you haven’t overpacked, but of course not forgetting to ensure you’ve got enough. You obviously want your travel documents or tickets to be accessible, but you also need some other essentials to keep you going throughout the flight. Make sure you don’t forget things to keep you comfortable and entertained, like a travel pillow, earphones, eye mask, book, phone charger, and power pack, for example.
Prepare for your trip properly
Write an organized list a week before your trip and somewhere you can make amendments whenever you think of something. This way, you’re less likely to forget any of the essentials, and also less likely to overpack. At the end of the day, underpacking means you don’t have everything you need, while overpacking means a backache and the inability to run for a flight you’re late for. Plus, there’s always the chance that an over-packed bag is going to be too big for hand luggage, so a list is a necessity for organizing your bag and making sure you’ve got all the right things – no more, no less.
Imagine the worst
When you’re packing your carry-on, don’t forget to prepare for the possibility of delays or a long layover. Make sure you’ve got a lightweight spare pair of clothes, mainly underwear, in your case, just in case you’re stuck in an airport for a while. It’s also worth keeping some toiletries with you for the same reason, like deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, and some hand gel.
Its difficult to get your carry-on bag packed just right, especially what with the stress of sorting everything else for your trip, so it’s important to be organized and know exactly what you do and don’t need. If you know you’re one for overpacking, then keep a note of the things you need for definite, and don’t pack any more than that.