So before my actual big trip to Germany, I will have my little mini trip up and down the east coast in April. Usually, I like to take the opportunity to practice before my big trips. Since I will be gone for about a week, I usually just take a little carry-on. *Gasp* A woman only taking a carry-on for a week?! Unheard of! I know.
Well, I am a girl of simple means. I also make sure that I have travel versions of my necessities. This does not include just shampoo and lotions but also travel hair dryer and hair straightener/curler. Growing up with a dad like mine required that I learn how to travel light cause I had to do all my own carrying…..and I’m lazy.
When traveling I always take a carry-on case. For short domestic flights it’s all I have. For International trips, I use it as extra storage space for clothes (since we no longer have two free check-ins). But I also keep emergency stock in case my luggage gets lost while I am traveling.
I have been fortunate (knock on wood) that I always have had my luggage arrive with me but I know enough travelers who have had this happen so I am always prepared. This emergency kit includes travel versions of toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo/conditioner as well as a few pair of clothes and undergarments. You would be surprised what you will need when it’s suddenly not there.
Along with my carry on suitcase, I also carry a purse with things to do during my flight. Most people hate flying because they get bored but I have spent most of my young life by myself so I usually am overwhelmed by the plethora of things that I can do during the flight. I always carry one of my writing projects, a book, a fully charged iPod as well as a battery for when the battery dies down.
One thing I have finally gotten around to buying is a ‘Boarding Pass
Wallet.’ This one exactly. It has sleeves for multiple passports, boarding pass, as well as ID, credit cards and health information. I don’t know why I haven’t purchased one of these before; I usually just stuff my boarding pass and passport into whatever pocket I can and hope they don’t get destroyed.
But one of these wallets may not be for you. My friend, Anya recommends a backpack and a small purse with your information/boarding pass/wallet that can easily be stuffed into a bigger bag and thus not be counted as a carry on.
In the end you have to decide what works best for you but don’t carry on too much. Your packages can get very heavy very fast when you are having to run from one end of the airport to another just to catch your flight.
What about you out there? What do you normally do for carry on?