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Make room in your carry-on baggage for all those little essentials and creature comforts you want on your flight. Photo: Mostphotos
Make room in your carry-on baggage for all those little essentials and creature comforts you want on your flight. Photo: Mostphotos

Aviation

Carry-on essentials

Making room in your carry-on baggage for all those little essentials and creature comforts can be something of an art form, but a little planning can go a long way. Roll up your clothes together to save space – and remember to choose the right size suitcase. Check your airline’s rules for carry-on baggage before you pack. Otherwise you run the risk of having to check in your carry-on baggage if it is too big.

And don’t forget:

Passport and currency

Having your passport and money in your carry-on baggage may seem like a no brainer. But we’re going to say it anyway. Here in Scandinavia we use cards to pay for everything and it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that foreign currency is no longer needed on a trip. But acceptance of debit cards and the availability of ATMs are not the same in all countries, and you might suddenly find yourself in trouble if you have left home without any money in your pocket. So don’t forget to take some currency. And your passport.

A printout of your travel documents and hotel reservations

While you can now use electronic check-in and get your boarding pass sent to your smartphone, you can come unstuck if there is suddenly no Wi-Fi or if your phone’s battery dies. Remember to take a printout too – just to be on the safe side.

Medicine

If you are taking medication with you, it should be packed in your carry-on baggage. Not just during the flight, but for the whole of your journey, just in case your checked baggage gets lost somewhere along the way.

Electronics and other fragile items

Want to make sure your tablet, laptop, camera, etc., are not damaged during the flight? Then pack them in your carry-on baggage. Download your music and entertainment at home, so you are not dependent on having a network connection. And don’t forget your chargers!

Essential toiletries

Wet wipes, deodorant, hairbrush, toothbrush, moisturizer, lip balm, and earplugs are all good to have with you on the plane – and also if your checked baggage is delayed for any reason.

Extra clothing

Bring a warm jacket, a scarf, and woolen socks, just in case it is air-con cold on the plane.

Snacks

As long as they are wrapped up and are not liquid, they will probably pass through security OK. And buy some water after security. The air on the plane is bone dry, so you will need the extra fluid.

Reading material

Travel time can be me time. Now’s your chance to read the newspaper from cover to cover, immerse yourself in the guidebook, or read that novel you never have chance to in today’s busy life. Choose paper reading material rather than electronic, so you don’t have to worry about power and network connection.

 

Text: Lise Hannibal

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