What’s in my carry-on?

It’s no secret that I travel quite a bit. After spending 47/52 weeks on the road, I’ve gotten packing and air-travel down to an almost-perfect science. I very rarely have to sit in airports for more than a half hour (unless my flight is delayed) because I know exactly how long it’s going to take me to get to the airport and through security.

One thing that has been perfected over weeks and weeks of airport visits is what I keep in my carry-on bag. As a 20-something with self-diagnosed ADHD, I need enough in that bag to keep me occupied for a few hours and maybe even a long layover or a flight delay. I need things that will entertain me if wifi is not available and if all my electronicals die. I used to bring backups and spares of everything in this ONE bag, until I became and compulsive under-packer, and came up with THIS list.

My computer … Mostly because I have to bring it with me on work trips and I’m not about to try and put it in my suitcase again … Yes, I tried once, sat on my suitcase in an attempt to shut it, and broke my computer… Never again.

My iPad. If there is wifi, I use it for blogging purposes rather than my laptop or spend some time pinteresting. Sometimes I watch movies or TV shows, but this requires pre-planning and downloading, etc.

My Kindle. If there is no wifi or I feel like being unplugged, I make sure to have a book or two queued up on it, because it’s impossible to connect it to the internet on a plane.

A magazine … I literally have 500 magazines at home, so on my way out the door, I’ll grab one or two. I always used to read it during takeoff and landing when portable electronics were contraband, but I still like to bring one in case all my portables are dead.

Noise-Canceling Headphones … Best purchase I’ve ever made. I bought these while stuck at the airport one morning, and I haven’t made a trip without them since. They drown out that airplane noise perfectly, even if i’m not going to watch or listen to anything.

A bottle of water … I bring an empty one and fill it up after security because bottled water at the airport is ridiculously expensive. Bottled water in hotels is also pretty pricey, so I’ll fill it up from the water cooler in the gym.

A snack … For the same reason I bring my own water bottle. Usually I bring a protein bar or some chex mix.

My 3-1-1 ziploc bag … I choose to keep it in my carry-on as opposed to my suitcase purely for easy access. Nothing drives me crazier than when the person in front of you is holding up the security line while digging through their stuff trying to find their liquid bag. AND, one time the guy in front of me tried to carry on a 2-liter of sprite … Can’t make this shit up.

Other miscellaneous items … My computer charger, my mouse, my notebook, wallet, car keys, gum, advil/pepto/tissues/etc, 12 different varieties of chapstick, sunglasses, pens, highlighters… you get the idea.

So there you have it. What I bring with me every week. Any tips on things I should add to this list?

One comment on “What’s in my carry-on?

  1. I have to bring activities and snacks when it comes to airplane travel. Probably because most airplane trips in my life have been 10+ hours in the air…I might go a little overboard. My recent obsession is crossword puzzles for when I’m in flight.

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