The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is strict about what items you can’t bring in your carry-on baggage. Many travellers spend time obsessively making sure their face cream is less than 100mls and their hairspray isn’t flammable. However, many air travellers spend so much time removing items that they forget to pack the important ones!
Air travel is exhausting and frustrating, but you can make the trip more enjoyable by packing a few essentials. Discover five items you should always pack in your carry-on bag.
Makeup remover wipes or baby wipes
Travellers who have multiple connections can feel sticky, dirty and sweaty after each flight. Often, the bathrooms get worn down and leave you feeling worse leaving them than when you entered. You don’t want to sit in an airport and feel like you can’t get clean.
To combat this situation, pick up a small pack of makeup remover wipes (Neutrogena has a five-pack unit for guys and ladies who don’t typically use them) or baby wipes and bringwith you. With these wipes, you can quickly wash your face, neck and arms to feel clean until you arrive at your next destination.
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Toothbrush and travel toothpaste
Along with makeup wipes, brushing your teeth can go a long way toward making you feel clean. If you’re uncomfortable brushing your teeth in airport bathrooms, pack a small mouthwash container for a quick gargle on the go.
Of course, traveling with your toothbrush is also important if you get stranded and have to spend the night in the airport or at a hotel. Some airports won’t return your checked bags until you reach your destination, and you could end up having to buy a new toothbrush.
Along with a toothbrush, pack deodorant and a change of clothes and underwear in your carry-on bag. The extra clothes may seem like a pain, but you’ll thank yourself if you need to spend a night in an unfamiliar city.
Smartphone charger and wireless backup
Many airports have started installing mobile phone charging stations and plugs around the airport. But what do you do when you’re at a gate with a packed flight or experiencing long delays?
Packing your phone charger is important if you’re lucky enough to find a spot by a plug, but smart travellers will invest in a wireless option. You’ll find many options if you have a smartphone like the feature-rich Samsung Galaxy S7 on the T-Mobile network that cost between $20 to $40 depending on your needs. Use these devices to charge your phone while walking around the airport or sitting far from an outlet.
While airlines are trying to make sure your bag gets to the right place on time, a suitcase bound for Albuquerque could end up in Albany. While a baggage handling mistake could be a minor inconvenience for most people, it can be catastrophic for travellers who must take specific medication.
Carrying prescription medication in your carry-on bag can be helpful if TSA officials stop to inspect your bags. You’ll be able to explain what your medicine is and why you need it. If your medication is in a checked bag, TSA officials might remove it without question.
Hand sanitiser and tissues
Throughout the course of your time at the airport, you will come into contact with hundreds of people and touch surfaces that thousands of people have touched. Further, the plane circulates the air as you travel, spreading germs throughout the cabin. Travellers can arrive at the airport healthy yet feel sniffly by the time they land.
Hand sanitiser can be a great way to clean your hands after encountering a particularly germy surface, such as a seat belt or window, when you can’t get up to wash your hands. Use your hand sanitiser before you eat anything to reduce food contamination. You might also want to pack tissues if you get sick, so that you’re prepared to combat a head cold.
Air travel is uncomfortable, but the items above can make sure your travel experience is a bit better and more relaxed.