5 Things To Pack In Your Carry-On Bag



What happens if your checked bags do not make it to your destination? besides fighting the urge to punch someone in the face, what do you do?

As a ramp agent for a major airline, I know for a fact that many bags will not be on the carrousel when passengers get to their final destination and I always feels sad for them because most people do not take the necessary precautions. Aside from putting your clothes in packing cubes, Here are 5 things you need to pack in your carry-on bag or purse if you are checking a bag:

1. Medication

So many people pack necessary meds in their checked bag. Please do not do this, keep your medication with you at all times as well as any prescriptions.   

2.  Change of Clothes

pack something light that can fit in your bag easily. A shirt, a pair of shorts, a skirt or a dress work very well and socks can double as slippers.

3. Passport/Important Documents

Your passport should ALWAYS be in your possession and NEVER in your checked bag as well as any documents you need. 

4.  Toiletries

 Think about the things you may need in order to be comfortable when you get to your hotel room/apartment rental.  TSA lets you have 3.4 ounces of the products you need. Deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, facial cleanser, face towel, lotion etc. are all things that you should pack.


5. All Electronics and Chargers

All electronics should be with you at all times. You should never check your computers, iPads, iPods, cellphones, etc. and their chargers need to be in your carry-on.

If you get to baggage claim and your checked bag isn’t there, by having these items in your checked bag you will be less stressed (and less punchy) and be able to still enjoy the first day of your trip. Of course you want your checked bag but at least you won’t have to stress over not having the essential things that you need, right?



Would you add anything to this list? What do you make sure to keep in your carry-on? 

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Some people travel. Roni IS travel. For over 20 years she has been traveling the world and now shares her unique insight with her worldwide audience on her blog, www.RoniTheTravelGuru.com. Whether you have never gotten on a plane or are a seasoned traveler, the expertise and insider knowledge she shares on her blog will help you make your travels an adventure. No where else can you find the uniquely helpful ins and out given to you by someone who has lived overseas for 4 years, speaks fluent English, French and Spanish, and works for a major airline. And guess what? She’s also a licensed elementary teacher and has an MBA.


  1. If you are packing liquid facial care, such as toner, astringent, baby oil, etc., just saturate cotton balls with the products, and put them in baggies. This is one of my favorite travel tips.


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