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What I Packed in My Carry-on Bag

Updated on November 3, 2019
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Every year, I travel back to my beautiful home country of Malaysia to be with my family. I wish to share my experience with readers!

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Travel can be overwhelmed for some people. How did you manage what to bring on-board? View at the San Francisco Airport.Passport is a must! It's like a holy grail for a traveler. Try to get comfy on a flight by choosing comfort shoes and clothes.
Travel can be overwhelmed for some people. How did you manage what to bring on-board?
Travel can be overwhelmed for some people. How did you manage what to bring on-board?
View at the San Francisco Airport.
View at the San Francisco Airport.
Passport is a must! It's like a holy grail for a traveler.
Passport is a must! It's like a holy grail for a traveler.
Try to get comfy on a flight by choosing comfort shoes and clothes.
Try to get comfy on a flight by choosing comfort shoes and clothes.

Traveling Is A Culture

Nowadays, traveling is part of our living culture. The rise of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have encouraging people to travel outside their own country. They captured beautiful and stunning photos to share on social media and to gain followers. Most people travel because they want to see their families and friends who live far away (like me). But, some people travel to see and experience new customs and culture, to taste the local food, to learn something unfamiliar, and to escape from the hectic way of life.

Long Journey Can Be Tiring

I absolutely love traveling. However, traveling can be a tiring journey if you have to fly for long hours. Take this as an example. After I moved to the United States in 2016, every year, I took a trip to my home country, Malaysia. The total journey usually exceeded 24 hours. My trip first started from Salt Lake City to San Francisco (or any other cities in the U.S) to Singapore (or any other cities in Asia) to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (my ultimate destination). It was a very long journey sometimes, I lost count how many times I went to the lavatory, how many times I fell asleep, and how many times I got up from seat to stretch my legs. I wish I have a lot of money so I can afford the First Class ticket!

What I Bring On Board

Many people asked how did I manage or what did I do for 16 hours on the flight? The answer is by sleeping and watching a lot of movies. For a longer trip like this, I'd like to make sure I have all the essential items on board with me. It makes your travel experience easier in so many ways. Honestly, I think they are equally important to my passport. Every time I go traveling these items are set wonderfully inside my carry-on bag. For this matter, I feel comfortable carrying a larger purse so, I can organize them perfectly in the bag without having a hard time to look after it whenever I wanted to use it.

By the way, this might be obvious, but it’s worth mentioning. Always keep all of your identification in your carry-on. Even if you’re flying internationally so you have your passport with you, don’t pack your driver’s license or national ID in your checked bag. Losing any kind of ID is not fun, and if the airline misplaces your luggage, you might never see it again.

The Essential Items List.

  1. Toiletries bag
  2. Flat shoes and fresh socks
  3. Wet tissue and facial cleansing wipes
  4. Medication such as aspirin *
  5. Cough lozenges and snack
  6. Portable power bank
  7. Extra clean t-shirt and sweat pants
  8. Body lotion
  9. Toothbrush, toothpaste, Vaseline, hand sanitizer, and deodorant
  10. Book or Kindle reader

* Note: There are special rules for medications, but these vary by country. Check with the country you will be flying out of for their rules, but in most cases, you will need to let the screening agents know that you have liquid medication in addition to one-quart bag you are allowed.



Top 10 Essential Items I Bring on Board

1. Toiletries Bag

Toiletries bag is very crucial to me. Since it has many compartments, I can put the bathroom items inside. Every time I need to go to the bathroom I will bring this bag with me.
Toiletries bag is very crucial to me. Since it has many compartments, I can put the bathroom items inside. Every time I need to go to the bathroom I will bring this bag with me.

2. Flat Shoes & Fresh Socks

I like to feel comfortable while I'm on the flight. As soon as I seated I will change my sneakers to flat shoes or fresh socks.
I like to feel comfortable while I'm on the flight. As soon as I seated I will change my sneakers to flat shoes or fresh socks.

3. Wet Tissue & Facial Wipes

I always bring some tissues with me. Plus bathroom travel hassles can start with your flight if they run out of toilet paper. I also carried cleansing face wipes to clean my face every time I woke up from asleep.
I always bring some tissues with me. Plus bathroom travel hassles can start with your flight if they run out of toilet paper. I also carried cleansing face wipes to clean my face every time I woke up from asleep.

4. Medication

You may end up sore after dragging luggage around the airport, exploring a new city on foot, and sleeping in a bed that isn’t your own. Take some light medication.
You may end up sore after dragging luggage around the airport, exploring a new city on foot, and sleeping in a bed that isn’t your own. Take some light medication.

5. Cough Lozenges & Light Snack

Take some snacks with you, whether it’s something from home or you pick up something at the airport. Even though on flights where they do feed you, it’s never really good food. I hate airline food, so I'd happy with a packet of cookies.
Take some snacks with you, whether it’s something from home or you pick up something at the airport. Even though on flights where they do feed you, it’s never really good food. I hate airline food, so I'd happy with a packet of cookies.

6. Portable Power Bank

With more and more travel essential gadgets requiring charging, it’s little wonder that people are turning to portable battery packs to help fill the power gap when travelling. Take one with you!
With more and more travel essential gadgets requiring charging, it’s little wonder that people are turning to portable battery packs to help fill the power gap when travelling. Take one with you!

7. Extra Clean T-shirt & Sweat Pants

For a long-haul flight, I will carry an extra clean shirt and pants so I can change after 5-6 hours in the flight.
For a long-haul flight, I will carry an extra clean shirt and pants so I can change after 5-6 hours in the flight.

8. Body Lotion

When I travel, my hands seem to reach peak dryness. So, I bring moisturizer or lotion that will give my hands the hydration they need in order to to face the change in weather, in addition to super drying airline cabin.
When I travel, my hands seem to reach peak dryness. So, I bring moisturizer or lotion that will give my hands the hydration they need in order to to face the change in weather, in addition to super drying airline cabin.

9. Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Vaseline, Hand Sanitizer & Deodorant

I admit that I am super compulsive about being clean. I carry these essentials on board so I can brush and feel fresh in the airplane.
I admit that I am super compulsive about being clean. I carry these essentials on board so I can brush and feel fresh in the airplane.

10. Book or Kindle

I bring a book or a kindle to read while waiting for boarding.
I bring a book or a kindle to read while waiting for boarding.

© 2019 Liza

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    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      4 months ago from USA

      Hi Prantika, I never travel a long-haul flight without these essential items on-board with me. I hope this will helps others to have their own checklist before traveling. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my hub!

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      Prantika Samanta 

      6 months ago from Kolkata, India

      Informative article and I like the checklist and the tips. Checklist is essential because it saves a lot of time. The tips and checklist will definitely benefit others.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      7 months ago from USA

      Hi Nella, you're welcome and thanks for reading my hub :)

    • Nella DiCarlo profile image

      Nella DiCarlo 

      7 months ago from Guelph, Ontario

      Very useful tips, thanks!

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      16 months ago from USA

      Thanks a lot, Liz. I hope the list will help you and others who want to travel for a long trip. It will make you feel comfortable and relax even though you have a long journey ahead of you. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Liz Westwood 

      16 months ago from UK

      This is a really useful and well explained check list with great illustrations. Thanks for letting others benefit from your experience as a long haul traveler.

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