We are travelling again!
I’ve got several international trips planned
during the next six months. After mostly domestic travel during the past two years, I’m refreshing my memory on what to pack in my carryon bag.
see, I would never travel internationally without a carryon big enough
to pack at least three days of necessities. The unthinkable (delayed/lost
luggage) has happened more than once, and I don’t need to be hammered over the
head to learn an important lesson.
On an overseas flight, there are several items that
can make the journey healthier and more comfortable. While everyone has a few
pet items they can’t do without, here are things I consider necessary to pack
in my carryon.
socks. Even if you’ve never had a problem with blood clots in your legs,
long socks with mild compression will help relieve any swelling or
achiness. You can find cute and crazy socks (forget blah black and brown)
in varying levels of compression to fit your needs. Just catching a glance
of these wardrobe necessities will cheer you up.
wipes and spray. You know what that’s for—spray or wipe all surfaces you’ll be
touching in public transportation, and keep your hands clean throughout the
mask. If you plan to catch a few winks on the flight, a darkening eye mask that
fits snuggly to your face is a necessity. You can buy comfortable molded masks
that fit away from your eyes so eyelashes don’t rub against it.
4. Pack noise-cancelling
earphones or ear plugs, if you are sensitive to surrounding noises. I usually
am okay without these, but you might want to include them.
are handy if you want to remove your shoes on a long flight. That’s one of the
first things I do, as my feet tend to swell when we get high in the air.
Slippers are comfy and will keep your feet and socks clean (Who wants to walk
on dirty airplane floors?)
lotion and lip balm or Vaseline will help your body stay moisturized even
though airplane air is notoriously dry. If it’s scented with lavender or
chamomile, you’ll enjoy the relaxing scents.
notebook is one of my essentials. As a travel journalist, I’m forever writing
notes about what’s happening and what is in my surroundings. You’ll be amazed
when you return from a trip how much you might have forgotten if not for whatever
is jotted in your notebook. It’s a place to consolidate activities,
descriptions, people you meet, place names, and much more.
forget to bring in-flight reading material or movies that appeal to you. Yes,
there will be movies, TV, and documentaries available on longer flights, and
that’s another option if you don’t want to bother bringing your own. Traveling
is my best time to catch up on magazines or books that I’ve put aside too long.
airlines now have chargers, but you might also want to include an adapter in
your carryon. It’s small, and you might need it if you arrive at a hotel that doesn’t’
accept or can’t charge your electronics.
course, you’ll need your passport and any required visas handy. In addition,
make copies of your passport that are stored in a different place from the
actual thing. It’s also a good idea to carry an extra passport photo that could
be used if you lost your passport and had to get and emergency one. Some
countries may require a record of COVID vaccination or other health
most people take a change of clothes including underwear, I take at least three
days worth in my carryon. Experience has shown that it can take that long for
the airline to locate a lost bag and transport it to your destination. And if
you are heading to a hot, sunny place, slip a tube of sunscreen in your
toiletries and medications for at least three to four days. If you have travel
insurance, you may be able to replace these in a day or two, but the timing
depends on how quickly your insurance company authorizes new purchases.
insurance information. Be sure you can access the name of the company, number
of your policy, and a phone number to call if you are unlucky enough to
experience missed flights or lost luggage before arriving at your destination.
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