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10 Items to Pack in your Carry-On

There are many things to consider when planning your dream vacation, like where you plan to stay, what you'll do when you are there, and how you plan to get around. However, a major thing that many do not think about enough is what they are going to pack. Luckily, we are here to help you with your packing needs.

Below you will find a list of the 10 items to pack in your carry-on and why each one is important.

Identification and Travel Documents

First thing's first, make sure you pack your essential identification such as your passport and driver’s license. You must also bring all travel documents, such as boarding passes, train tickets, etc. These are all important documents, as you will need them throughout your journey from your home airport to your destination airport, as well as at points when you first arrive at your destination. You do not want to find yourself without these things when they're necessary, so the safest place is your carry-on luggage.


While you have likely pre-booked most of your trip, there will be some things you cannot plan for. Perhaps you'll want a souvenir at the airport, want to buy food on the plane, or want to do some shopping on your trip. Make sure you bring your money with you, regardless of if it is in cash, traveler’s cheques, or your credit card.


This may not apply to everyone, but if you take medication for anything, make sure you have it in your carry-on luggage in case you need it while travelling. Make sure it is in a labelled container for security purposes, and that you follow all the necessary precautions and regulations that may apply to your journey. After all, it's better to be safe than sorry!


It is a good idea to keep some basic toiletries in your carry-on luggage, like shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, and toothpaste. This way, you can freshen up before you get to your hotel and open up your checked baggage. Just be sure to check the regulations about how much liquids and gels you can bring onboard. For most airlines, you can only bring a maximum of 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) of a liquid or gel, and you must fit all bottles in a clear plastic, quart-sized bag.

Change of Clothes

If, for some reason, the airline delays your luggage, you do not want to be forced to wear your smelly travelling clothes. Keep a change of clothes appropriate for your destination in your carry-on luggage so that you can quickly change into something clean.

Fragile Items

If you are transporting anything fragile, bring it in your carry-on luggage if you are able to. This way, you can take better care of the fragile item. If you leave it in your checked baggage, you will have to carefully wrap it, and even then you are leaving things to chance since you cannot keep an eye on checked baggage during the flight.

Comfort Items

What will make you comfortable during the flight? Make sure to pack these things in your carry-on. This may include a neck pillow (we recommend an inflatable one for your convenience) as well as some small snacks.


If you will be travelling with your laptop, bring it on the plane with you. Most airlines will actually let you bring two pieces of carry-on luggage, and your laptop bag will generally count as its own piece. Thus, you can access it quicker and, if space provides, keep it by your feet under the seat in front of you.


Staying connected while travelling is important. Bring your cellphone in your carry-on luggage. To make things even more convenient, you can purchase an international SIM card with iRoam and have service wherever you are travelling, without the high roaming fees your regular carrier will charge you.


Taking photographs while abroad is the best way to preserve your memories of your vacation. Whether you saw the Eiffel Tower in Paris, marveled at the infamous Mount Vesuvius in Italy, or sauntered through Hobbition in New Zealand, a good picture can transport you right back to those fond memories.

If you bring a camera with you, be sure to pack it in your carry-on. This can prevent damage, as most cameras and equipment are fragile. It also ensures that you can access your camera as soon as you need it.

The next time you travel, keep these 10 items in mind when you are packing your carry-on luggage and you are sure to have happy travels!

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