What to Pack in Your Carry-On (Your Essential Checklist)

What to Pack in Your Carry-On (Your Essential Checklist)

What to Bring on a Plane

The highlight of your year might be that tropical vacation you've been planning forever. But navigating through the airport and sitting on a plane for endless hours can be the worst if you're not prepared. Plane rides tend to be cramped and uncomfortable unless you are flying in one of the limited (and expensive) first class seats. These packing tips will ensure your airport and flight experiences always feel first class.

If you keep comfort, cleanliness, and entertainment in mind, your trip will go a lot smoother. As long as you have a couple items from each of these categories, your trip to the airport will be a breeze.

What to Pack for Comfort

Here are some of our top suggestions for being the most comfortable in the airport and on your flight:

  • Comfortable clothing
  • Comfortable shoes and socks
  • Sleep mask
  • Noise-cancelling headphones
  • Gum
  • Cough drops
  • Compression socks

While all of these items would be useful, it’s better to only pack items you know you will use. Clothing choices are important because you'll be walking a lot and sitting in the same position for a long period of time. Having layers is always a good idea in case you get hot walking to your gate, but then later get cold once you are up in the air. The best shoes for the airport can be easily slipped on and off but won’t give you any foot pain while walking. Wearing or bringing socks prevents you from stepping on the dirty airport floor with your bare feet in the security line. Headphones can drown out any noise on the plane so that hopefully you sleep through the entire flight.

What to Pack for Cleanliness

Airports and planes have some of the most human traffic throughout the day, with 6 million people flying somewhere every day, so it’s reasonable to want to stay clean. Fresh Wave’s Odor Eliminating Travel Spray is perfect for airports and to take on trips. With its 2 ounces of odor eliminating power, it is TSA-approved and ready to freshen up any situation. Since there are so many people passing through the airport on any given day, bad odors and smells can be harbored in any corner. Between smelly bathrooms and sweaty passengers running for a connecting flight, odors can accumulate, spread and stick. If you want the space around you to smell fresh or if you're one of those people running for your next flight, Fresh Wave can help you and the people around you to enjoy a fresher-smelling environment. Fresh Wave can even help you on your way out of the airport. If you have to go directly from your flight into a business meeting, with just a small spray of Fresh Wave, you can leave a good first impression. Fresh Wave will make sure you get to your destination feeling clean.

For personal hygiene, always remember to bring your basic necessities to the airport in your personal bag. You never know if you are going to get stranded at the airport or if your baggage will be lost once you arrive at your destination. These basic necessities can include your toothpaste and toothbrush, mini deodorant, and face/body wipes. These should cover up any accumulated odors during and after a long travel day.

What To Pack for Entertainment

What to bring for entertainment is really up to the individual. For some, a novel and a puzzle book might be completely fine to pack in your bag. Headphones and downloaded music or movies are always a solid option as well. However, for parents with younger children, keeping your kid quiet and entertained on a flight might seem impossible. We have some suggested airport-friendly toys and activities to keep your children busy.

For younger children: 

  • Picture books
  • iPad
  • Mess-free coloring books
  • Simple card games
  • Small toys (dolls, cars, stuffed animals, action figures)
  • Workbooks

If the timing of the flight permits, it would also be great to have kids just try to sleep on the flight. If this means skipping nap time or staying up a little late, it may be worth it so you can get some peace and quiet too.

If you know your little one is going to be agitated able unable to sleep, try handing out adult goody bags before the flight takes off. This might save you from dirty looks and annoyed neighbors. In these bags, you can include a note apologizing in advance for your child, a small bottle of alcohol, earplugs, and small snacks or candy.

Final Thoughts

Travel days through airports seem to be unnecessarily long and stressful, especially if you are going to your destination directly from your flight. Whether you are seeing friends or family you haven’t seen in a while, going straight into a business meeting, or diving right into having fun, feeling dirty can stand in the way. Fresh Wave can help you feel and smell fresh and odor-free after traveling in any circumstance. If you prioritize comfort, cleanliness, and entertainment, you are bound to have an easy and stress-free trip through the airport. Then you are free to enjoy your travels for the rest of the trip.