How to pack a carry on for a long flight:

Everything you need (and nothing you don’t need) to pack in a trans-atlantic carry-on.

When I started planning to write a travel related post every Wednesday, I didn’t forsee that I would  actually be talking about ME traveling. I imagined pinteresting escapades into faraway places. And yet here we are. It is the last Wednesday before my trip. My first trip to the UK is less than a week away!
Thank you Lord! Oh lord I am going to have to be honest and admit that I am as nervous as a turkey on thanksgiving day. Lord have your way with this trip! Do what you want to do! 
 
Anyhow… For this last Wednesday before  the real travel updates begin, I thought I would talk about my carry on strategy.
Packing for a transatlantic voyage: 
 

 

I don’t want my bag to be too cumbersome or heavy. So I did some research, gleaned ideas from other bloggers, and decided to pack just the essentials.
In-flight comfort: 
 
-small foldable fan.
-large scarf for cold flights, also usable as a blanket for night time.
-healthy snacks in case they don’t serve enough food on the plane (I am traveling on a budget airline, so they actually don’t serve any good).
Grown up stuff: 
 
wallet.
-secret under dress passport and credit card holder (this will be kept on my person not in the bag).
-ticket receipts
-boarding passes
-simple first aid kit with my essential vitamins, benedryl in case I accidentally eat peanuts or sit next to a cat lover, and Advil.
-iPhone and charger
Hygiene:
 
-listerene because all I remember about my first overnight flight was how yucky my mouth felt by the end of it.
-chapstick.
-a hairbrush and tie as clip unless my unmanageable mane gets crazy.
-tissue.
-deodorant.
-mints.
Entertainment: 
 
-a good book (I am bringing I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak and an illustrated history of WWII for the way home).
-earbuds.
-pen
-pencil
-journal (never get lost without your journal!).
-colorful pens cause when I get desperately bored I attempt typography.
Necessities: 
 
extra pair of underwear and socks. On my first trip abroad my luggage got lost for three days. I spent a good deal of time and stress trying to think of undergarment solutions in a tiny Polish village. You are not going to find me in that situation ever again.
-bible
-mini globe that doubles as stress relief ball (cause I never go anywhere without it).
What do you think if my carry on? Am I missing something? What would you bring on a transatlantic voyage?
 

Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

10 thoughts on “How to pack a carry on for a long flight:”

  1. Totally saving this because I foresee this being useful for next vacation. Foldable fans are esp important, I keep forgetting to bring that! Let me know how I Am The Messenger goes — I'm planning to check out more opinions before getting it 😀

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  2. This is very very informative! 😀 I am planning a trip to Europe and Scotland at the end of the year so this is very much appriciated. XD

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  3. I will. The Book Thief is one of my favorites so I am having to hide my copy of I Am The Messenger to prevent me from gobbling it all up before I even step on my first plane.

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  4. Packing is the one thing about travel I don't like. The thought of it just stresses me out, I always know I'm going to forget something. 😛 Funny for somebody who's gonna travel the world someday. :/ I'll probably reference this post many times in the future. 🙂

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  5. I am so glad that you found this helpful. Even people who plan to travel the world have parts of it they don't like. Traveling isn't all fun and games but it IS definitely worth it.

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  6. This is all very wise. *nods* I can't even remember what I took on my flight to China. 0_0 I know I had tissues and snacks because they're VERY important, hehe. And books. Although I can't read while I'm moving, so I think I listened to a heck of a lot of music on my iPod.
    Squeee! SO CLOSE TO YOUR TRIP!!

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  7. You might also want to bring a small plastic case,(I've found it helpful to bring such an item for important/delicate items I get on trips) and an extra charger(just in case the former charger breaks or is lost. But these are simply suggestions. Have fun on your trip! Take lots of pictures!

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