Packing for a holiday can be a daunting task. Depending on where you are going, and for how long, your luggage needs can be varied. The same thing can also be said about your carry on luggage. The rules and regulations are a lot stricter than they used to be, so you need to involve some strategy and common sense to properly pack your carry on bag.
There are a lot of items that are not allowed in plane cabins anymore, including (in some parts of the world) liquids of more than 100 millilitres, so you need to prepare in advance to make sure you don’t run into any problems. Take your time to learn the rules and pack properly and your flight will go smoothly. You should be aware of all of the prohibited items, as well as the size of the bag you are allowed on board. Those who have flown a lot of miles over the years know how to pack a carry on bag like a pro.
Let’s take a closer look at some essential things to remember when your pack your carry on luggage for a flight.
Know The Carry On Rules
Knowing the rules is going to be the most important part of this entire process. Depending on where you are flying to and from there may be slight variations on what you are allowed to bring in your carry on luggage. There are very clear policies and rules that you can get directly from your airline or by doing an online search. Your airline may also have different weight and size restrictions for carry on luggage, so it is imperative that you look into that before you start to pack.
Only The Carry On Essentials
Let’s face it, a lot of us overpack because we just never know exactly what we are going to need. If you are going on a flight across the globe, yes you would want to pack more than just the regular stuff. Taking a shorter flight is going to mean you won’t need as much. There are a few things you should have in your carry on for definite. Make sure you have entertainment like something to read or headphones. You should carry a travel pillow, some earplugs and an eye mask if you want to sleep. You should also keep any medication and valuables in your carry on as well as a change of clothes in case your checked luggage doesn’t show up at the other side for whatever reason. Remember, that any items that you don’t need access to during the flight can go in your checked luggage.
Don’t Take Risks With Carry On Items
With how tight airport security is around the world these days it is essential to use common sense when it comes to carry on items you aren’t sure about. Things like weapons and explosives are obviously out of the question, but there are some things that may be a grey area. Something like a pair of nail clippers might seem innocent enough, but depending on where you’re travelling to, it could be a prohibited item. The best thing to do if you don’t know is to just pack it in your checked bags to be safe.
You’ll Be Flying In No Time
Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, you still want to have an enjoyable experience on your flight. That is why it is so important to know the rules and pack your carry on luggage properly. Shorter flights are not going to require much but some reading material or maybe a device to do some work on. Longer flights are going to take a bit more preparation, but they are both easily managed as long as you plan in advance.