Your carry-on luggage bag will have a different weight limit depending on the airline you travel with, which means you need to be careful determining what to put in your check-in baggage and what to keep with you on the plane.
It’s imperative that you pack the essentials in your carry-on luggage. However, how do you determine what “the essentials” are, especially if you’ve never flown before?
The essentials when it comes to packing your carry-on luggage actually depend on what flight you’re taking.
Here are the essentials of what you should pack in your carry-on luggage bag:
- Electronic devices
For shorter flights, we suggest packing your iPad and phones since there is generally no in-flight television. Depending on your fare, this may also be the case on long-haul flights as well.
- Neck cushion
Economy seats are not made for comfort. For longer flights, consider buying a neck cushion. It will make the flight so much more bearable.
Your passport is your only form of identification, and when travelling, you need to have quick access to it, and it should be close to you. Store it on your cabin bag.
You will almost always have to fill out immigration forms or declaration forms. It will be easier if you have a pen on hand rather than wasting time trying to find someone who has one.
- Reading material
While long-haul flightsusually provide television as entertainment, short flights do not, which means having a magazine, your Kindle or a book may be a good idea to keep you busy.
Store your medication in your on-flight luggage, especially if it’s chronic medication so that in the event of you needing it, you have easy access to it.
Don’t pack jackets and shoes in your carry-on luggage. This will take up crucial weight that you’d prefer to have allocated to more important, such as a pair of socks and underwear (and maybe a t-shirt) in the event that your luggage gets lost.
What about toiletries? Our advice is not to pack too many toiletries, especially on a short haul flight. For longer flights, most airlines, in some classes, provide the basics such as toothbrushes, paste and towels. Anything you do take needs to be less than 100ml for international flights, and the limit varies in domestic locations.
As you can see, what you take with you on-board will depend on your destination.Shorter trips require fewer carry-on items compared to long-haul flights. Although it’s always a good idea to be safe than sorry, it’s always prudent to think of the weight restrictions imposed by the airlines.
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