When taking a longer trip, I prefer to check my bag and only carry on essentials. I realize that carry-on is free but it can be a chore to lug stuff around longer than necessary. And a longer trip will likely mean a greater volume of stuff to bring! Honestly, I’m not a high-maintenance gal but I don’t know how people carry on their luggage with the strict liquids restrictions.
My carry-on items are minimal and include a backpack, which will get much use for day trips and hiking, and an airplane seatback organizer. (See photo to the right.) In the backpack are the following: irreplaceable items such as medicine, makeup, and a swimsuit. (Ladies, you know what I’m talking about!) I also carry a few snacks, a reusable water bottle, a travel pillow, a light sweater, and a few toiletries to freshen up with after the 8+ hour flight. In the seatback organizer are the following: passport, book and magazine, electronics and accessories, glasses, wallet, tissues, pen, hand sanitizer, and wet wipes. This organizer is invaluable! It keeps the items you need most within reach instead of on the floor where you have to crane your neck to get to them. It hangs on the seat using hooks and I can’t say enough good things about it! Another invaluable travel companion is an adjustable phone or tablet holder that attaches to the tray table. This is becoming more key as many planes are starting to eliminate personal entertainment screens at each seat and many of us have things we’d like to watch already loaded onto our devices.
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