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Ready for Takeoff — What to Bring in Your Carry-On Luggage

December 30th, 2012 Seasonal

What you pack in your carry-on luggage can determine whether your flight's excellent or unbearable. Here are a few tips for what to bring and what not to bring on your upcoming aviation excursion.

Essentials

The first things you should pack are the necessities. If you have a medical condition, make sure that your medicine, inhaler or insulin is in your carry-on bag. Also, keep in mind whether you get motion sickness or have any other bodily issues when it comes to flying and pack accordingly.

Entertainment

A flight can either pass quickly or drag out seemingly forever depending on if you can keep yourself occupied. Pack an engaging book or a few magazines and, once your eyes get tired, make sure you have something you can listen to. Keep your mp3 player fully stocked with your favorite tunes and consider downloading a few podcasts.

Climate control

Airplanes tend to be on the cooler side, and if your fellow passengers also turn their air blowers on, it may get uncomfortably cold. You should bring a couple of extra layers that you can put on or take off at your discretion.

Landing gear

Every so often, airports will misplace passengers' luggage and it can take a couple days to get it back. Because of this, you should bring all the necessary items you'll need once you land, whether it's your cellphone, contact list, map or overnight kit. If you're travelling to a foreign country, make sure you have all the necessary documents on you, such as a passport or visa.

Forbidden objects

It's also important to keep in mind what you shouldn't bring on your flight. Look at the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) website for a list of forbidden objects that you might not have considered, such as liquids or gels in containers over 3.4 ounces.