What You Need: Basic Carry On Luggage

As this is just a list of the basics you’ll need, I won’t be including essentials like a change of clothes, toiletries and all that kind of stuff. I hope you enjoy though, and let me know what you think.

Now, in order to carry everything you need, you’re going to need a good bag. My first choice of carry on bag will always be a backpack when it comes to over-seas travel. Otherwise, an oversized handbag will do the job.

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You can find this backpack for purchase here.

1. Passport and any required visa’s

Obviously if you’re travelling to another country you’re going to need your passports and any visa’s required. But, that doesn’t mean I haven’t seen people drive to the airport, or worse arrived at the airport for a connecting flight, only to realise they’ve forgotten their passport. So please, please just check at least once before you leave that you’ve actually got it.

2. Phone

Now, besides social media and all the pictures you’re about to take. Don’t forget to check in with your parents and friends. They’ll appreciate you letting them know you’ve arrived safely and that you’re okay a few days (or maybe even weeks) into your trip.

3. Wallet

Really, what I mean by wallet is money and ID. Remember, to carry at least a little bit cash of the local currency you’re travelling to and some of your normal currency as well.

4. Water

Remember, you need to stay hydrated. Especially, whilst flying. With all the changes in altitude levels and the lack of humidity caused by the planes air-conditioners our bodies become naturally dehydrated. And remember, dehydration can exaggerate jet lag!

5. Moisturiser/chap stick

I mentioned above that planes air-conditioners make the air extremely dry. Which means naturally your skin will dry out as well, especially on those really long flights. So it’s best to keep some moisturiser handy.


Again, with those air-conditioners. It’s always going to be cold on a flight, so even when heading to tropical climate you’ll need to take at least one jumper or cardigan. I prefer a full length cardigan, simply because I can use it as a blanket as well.

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This was the full length cardigan I wore during my trip to New Zealand.

7. Gum

Gum is commonly used to help feel a little bit fresher. However, it also works for popping your ears during take off and landing.

8. Magazines/ books

I personally prefer taking magazines on the first flight over so I an recycle them at my destination. I then buy a book or two before departing to read on my way back home. That’s one way to save space. (Alternatively, a kindle won’t take up much space.)

9. Headphones

I must admit the last couple of flights I’ve been on I haven’t had headphones. In fact, I don’t really own a pair. That’s left me staring at my travel buddy in jealousy as she’s tuned out the sounds of the plane with her music. So learn from my mistakes and don’t forget headphones.

10. Ipod

One last thing. In fact, I only thought about this on my last trip. Why waste all of your phones battery when you can buy an Ipod shuffle for quite cheap these days?