Travelocity: 5 things you should definitely pack in your carry-on (and 5 you shouldn’t)

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5 things you should definitely pack in your carry-on (and 5 you shouldn’t)

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of arriving in a brand new destination. You step off the plane excited and ready to relax on the beach with a cocktail in hand, and rush to the baggage claim area and wait. The bags start coming out sporadically at first and then more frequently. You wait patiently, but slowly your fingernails make their way between your teeth. Every last bag is gone and you are still standing there wondering how it’s possible yours is the one that went missing. All of a sudden you wished you had packed some key items in your carry-on. Don’t let missing luggage ruin your vacation; here are the top 5 things to pack in your carry-on and 5 to put in checked luggage.

5 things you should definitely pack in your carry-on

1. Spare change of clothes

Without fail, I always pack a pair of underwear and, at the very least, a change of shirt in my carry-on for each family member.

2. Valuables

We’ve all heard horror stories of packed items that never make it to their final destination.

3. Chargers

Risk of theft is only one reason you should carry your chargers with you.

4. Water bottle

With airlines charging for everything these days, having your own bottle of water can save you a fortune and keep you hydrated while in the air.

5. Medication

Never place your medications in a checked bag.

Read the full reasons why here. 

5 things you should definitely pack in your carry-on

What not to pack in your carry-on:

1. Liquids over 3.4 ounces

TSA regulations for US and international flights require all liquids, creams, sprays and gels to be less than 3.4 ounces, or 100ml. Invest in proper travel toiletry bottles to avoid being caught out.

2. Peanut butter or toothpaste

Seemingly solid pastes are classified as liquids by airline security, as well.

3. Sharp objects

While a razor is acceptable, as long as it has a handle, one lone head may cause you drama.

4. Aerosols

If it sprays from a can, it goes. Just check it.

5. Weapons or tools

This one should come as a surprise to no one.

Read the full reasons why not here. 



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