Important Items To Keep Your Travel Simple And Practical

Important Items To Keep Your Travel Simple And Practical

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One of the things I enjoy writing about is travel. Though the past few years have been full of travel, this year has been focused on our adoption journey — so traveling hasn’t been a high priority. However, I do have a Nashville and (hopefully) Dallas trip coming up.

Sometimes a simple life requires more planning, and I prefer to keep things simple, so I’m already planning for my upcoming adventures.

Packing for a vacation isn’t an easy task. You might not have enough space in your bag, or you might be concerned at the lack of free space to fill with souvenirs for your return home. However, one of the most frustrating decisions to make when you pack is deciding what to keep in your carry-on luggage.

It used to be a challenge to keep everything in my carry-on luggage to prevent me from checking a bag. But then I had kids, and a checked bag became essential. Though I still love when I do my once-a-year trip alone with just me and my carry-on, during most of my travels, I’m with my entire family, and that’s not doable.

To help you prepare your carry-on luggage, I’ve compiled a list of important items:

1. Phone

Don’t forget that most long-haul flights give you access to in-flight charging and also in-flight WiFi (for a price). Make sure you carry your phone with you so you can listen to music, keep in touch with friends and entertain yourself should the in-flight entertainment be boring — or nonexistent.

2. Passport

Even if it’s a last-minute trip, you must not forget any of your important travel documents. Your passport is arguably the only thing that’ll prove you are who you are, so keep it safe in your carry-on luggage and look after it.

3. Visa

If you’re traveling to a country that requires a visa, then make sure you’ve checked this website to determine if you can get a visa waiver instead. Print them off electronically or request a hardcopy, then keep it safe next to your passport.

4. Medication

The last thing you want is to be caught thousands of feet in the air without any form of medication or to have your checked baggage misplaced that holds your must-have medications. Take your most important ones with you and then add some painkillers in case you experience headaches or pains during a long flight.

5. Accommodation Details

Keep your details with you at all times. When you land and get a taxi or speak with people, you want to show them your accommodation details so they can direct you. This is especially important if you are traveling overseas and the country primarily speaks a different language.

6. Toiletries

From toilet paper to hand cream, make sure you carry some essentials with you to help make the flight easier. You also won’t have access to luggage straight away after landing, so carry some essentials to freshen up once you land.

7. Extra Clothes

You never know when your luggage may go missing, so don’t risk being stuck in the same outfit for several days. Always bring extra clothes with you!

8. Snacks

If you’re feeling hungry, then the in-flight staff will usually keep you well-fed. However, bringing a couple of snacks or a drink on board with you is never a bad idea. Keep in mind, you usually have to buy these after entering the check-in gate, so don’t buy food too early only to have to throw it away at security. 

9. Sleeping Aids

From eye masks to ear plugs, carry as many sleeping aids as it takes to help you get a good night’s rest on the plane. You don’t want to be too tired to enjoy yourself after your arrival!

Here are a few of my carry-on essentials:

1. Carry-on bag

2. Headphones

3. Passport case

4. Hand sanitizer

5. Snacks

6. Book

7. Journal

8. Spare outfit

Wishing you simple and safe summer travels!

Tell me where you’re going in the comments!


Amanda is a wife, mother, writer/editor, and certified life coach. Pen and paper make her spirit come alive. She spends her creative time reading, decorating, and handwriting fonts. Her world is better with an assortment of chocolate and a packed bag ready for travel. She works each day to be a creative maker, storyteller, and dream-chaser.

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