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Packing a Carryon - What to Take in Your Carryon Bag

Packing a carryon is an acquired skill. It can be quite frustrating to pull your carryon down and open it up only to realize that you either left what you are searching for at home or placed it in your check-in luggage. Below is a list of items you should consider packing in your carryon. Of course, the list needs to be modified according to your destination and the duration of your trip.

  • Passport
  • Pens and pencils
  • Tickets
  • Camera, batteries
  • Cell phone
  • Itinerary
  • Multi-media accessories
  • Traveler's checks
  • Zip-lock or plastic bags (seal)
  • International certificate of vaccination
  • Dictionary or phrasebook
  • Maps
  • Laundry items - detergent
  • Money belt or pouch
  • Clothes-brush
  • Extra glasses, contact lenses and prescriptions
  • Inflatable hanger or two
  • Combination lock
  • Rubber sink stopper
  • Notebook or journal and small pad of paper
  • First aid kit - bandages
  • Daypack
  • Moleskin for blisters
  • Pocket flashlight for each traveler
  • Analgesic
  • Net shopping bag
  • Antiseptic towelettes
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunglasses
  • Anti-malaria pills
  • Thermometer in hard case
  • Nail clipper & Tweezers
  • Toiletries
  • Toothbrush and paste, extra dental floss
  • Ear plugs and eye shade
  • Soap and soap dish
  • Binoculars in hard case
  • Shampoo
  • Roll of transparent tape
  • Moisturizer
  • Adapter
  • Lip balm
  • Music player or tablet
  • Small towel and washcloth
  • Musical instrument ( if appropriate)
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Razor, blades and shaving cream

The list above is neither exhaustive nor definitive. The best way to ensure you pack your carryon with everything you need is to plan ahead. Print out the list of items above. Cross out the ones you are certain you will not need. Add others that you would like to include.

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