Packing the Perfect Carry On Bag isn’t always easy to do, but in the travel age of baggage charges, it is essential to pack a bag and use every inch of space. Depending on what baggage you have the charge can be anywhere from free to $100 or more. When you add that to the price of a plane ticket it is not cheap to fly!
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Carry On Bag
What’s ok for a Carry On Bag
There are many things that are ok to pack in a carry-on. The length of your trip will determine what you need to pack. I’ve listed a few things in categories that are okay to pack in a carry-on bag.
Electronics that use batteries are allowed on planes. Let security know what you have so they can tell you if you send it through x-ray or not. . If you want to pack anything questionable TSA is a great resource for all the dos and don’ts of packing bags. Always make sure your name is on each item you pack. Label your electronics and make sure your carry-on bag has a name tag attached to it.
- video camera
- mini tripods
- mini camera lights
- cell phone/smartphone
- ear buds
- hand held game systems
TSA Approved Liquids
TSA website says “You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. Any liquid, aerosol, gel, cream, or paste that alarms during screening will require additional screening.”
TSA is serious about this rule. Their job is to keep us safe as we fly. Do not assume they will let something pass at screening just to get people through the line. They will not let anything slide, and they will confiscate the item or items, and you will not be able to get them back. My recommendation is if you can purchase small travel-size items once you arrive at your destination, do it! It really is easier.
If hygiene items are not liquid they can be packed in your carry-on with no worry.
- toothbrush, dental floss
- hair ties, hairbrush, comb
- cosmetics that are not liquid. Liquid cosmetics are subject to the TSA 3-1-1 rule
- makeup brushes
- razors, both electric and regular shaving razors
- cotton balls, cotton ear swabs
- Tampons or pads
This list is not exhaustive, but a general guide of what you can bring. Just remember the TSA liquids rule and packing personal hygiene items in a carry-on isn’t difficult at all.
- tops, blouses, shirts, polos
- under garments
Packing personal items for a trip isn’t hard, but keeping them to a minimum may be a challenge for some packers, (it’s me, I’m some packers!) Bring what you need, and what you will use, and leave the rest at home. No matter how tempted you are and how much you think you need to bring extra!
- planners, stickers, markers
- notebook or journal
- eye glasses, sunglasses, spare contant lenses (while not liquids, I would pack my spare contacts in my zip lock bag with other TSA approved liquids, it just makes sense.
Now that you have an idea of what to bring in a carry-on, how are you going to pack it?