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Prior to my first international trip I read dozens of articles on packing tips. The one thing that I took away from all of them and stuck with me was to pack your carry-on assuming your checked bag would be lost. Pack essentials to be able to live out of for a few days if the worst case scenario happens. I can now honestly tell you after 4 years of international travel British Airways were the assholes that made my OCD packing a a reality. They lost my bag and I was in London for 2 days sans luggage. THANK FUCK for that backpack and my packing habits. I'll be doing a post in the future of Travel Woes where I'll talk more about lost luggage but for now, here's what I pack in my carry-on and why my backpack is essential to my travel.
To Pack in Carry On for Flight
Pair of boots--This is mostly to save a bit of weight and room in the luggage
Essential makeup--tinted moisturizer, mascara, bronzer, eyebrow gel. That's it. Done. I can do my makeup everyday with just those things and feel confident and radiant-haha
Essential toiletries in clear plastic bag--shampoo, conditioner, body wash, contact solution, small toothpaste, toothbrush, makeup removers. Last 2 don't have to be in plastic bag obvs but still. Listing them all together is easier
A pair of leggings
A t shirt/short sleeve stop
A shirt (denim or flannel)
One other top or shirt
A few undies
Camera--I'll tuck this in between soft clothes or roll leggings around it to avoid any damage.
Adapters--Don't wanna have to buy new ones because they're expensive and how annoying
Travel Documents--Boarding passes, hotel confirmations, transfer confirmations, itinerary. Most customs, especially the UK, will want to know your return flight home, where you'll be staying, etc. Better to be prepared than frazzled
Prescription Meds/Over the counter must-haves--You definitely don't want to be worried about medication if you take it every day or need your OTC migraine medicine (this is me)
Charger Cords--Depending on flight connections and lengths you might need that adapter and phone charger prior to landing at your destination. I usually put all chargers in a clear plastic bag for easy access
|My Carry On Essentials|
I know packing can be a daunting task and there are so many pieces of advice and opinions out there so I can only hope my posts are helping rather than hindering/causing more stress. I really think I take a pretty minimalistic approach to packing and while my 'lists' might seem like a lot once it's all said and done it's not that much really. And really, at the end of the day, do what works for you. This is what has worked for years for me and I love my system. I hope it works for you!
Tell me! Do you have any packing tips for carry-ons?
Do you think my backpack system would work for you?