While we try so hard to squeeze as much stuff into our suitcase (sometimes not very well organised), we do try to be a little bit more organised with our carryon bag. We’ve put together an organised checklist for our carryon bag to make sure that the journey to our summer destination is as smooth as can be. Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, this guide will be quite helpful to know, especially if you have a last-minute trip coming up.
- Dry airplane conditions may cause you to become more susceptible to picking up germs and viruses, so antibacterial wipes are your new best friend.
Include a small pack of antibacterial surface wipes and hand wipes in your carryon bag so you can wipe down your personal table and your hands in between handling objects. Dry airplane conditions often cause the mucous in your nose (and other bodily fluids) to dry up, allowing bacteria to more easily enter and multiply in your throat and nose. If you do get a runny nose or start getting the sniffles, make sure you’re prepared with a pack of tissues and wipe and blow your nose when you can and dispose of the tissues when you can.
Did you know – the water tanks on an airplane accumulate grime and fungus, making it notoriously hard to properly clean? This includes the drinking water used for coffee and teas, too so if you’re on a plane, look for bottled water or liquids (water, juice and soda) in unopened bottles to stay hydrated.
- Delayed flights sometimes mean long exhausting hours waiting around, so pack for the unexpected situations.
Unfortunately it does happen and most of the time, it can’t be helped. So be prepared for unexpected delays because the essential stuff you need wouldn’t really take up that much room. Pack items such as a clean pair of underwear, socks, teeth wipes, dry shampoo, deodorant wipes and body refreshing wipes. Also, include small snacks like nuts, dried fruit or energy bars for when you’re feeling hungry.
- Pack your liquids correctly to minimise hassle through a security check and an easy check in process.
Since security was tightened up and the ‘no liquids’ rule was implemented a few years back, liquid items must be packed in ¼ sized, clear, plastic zip-top bag. Each passenger is only allowed one of these clear bags, so pack carefully. In the bag, your liquid products are only limited to 3.4 ounces/100ml so don’t plan on putting that large bottle of sunscreen in your carryon bag. Pack necessities such as a small bottle of hand sanitizer gel, shampoo, travel perfume/aftershave bottle and breath freshener spray. Larger quantities of liquid such as breast milk/formula, medical liquids/medicine or dietary liquids are allowed on board, as long as they are declared and checked beforehand.
- Protect and place electronics in easy-to-reach places so that the security check is easier.
It is a requirement to remove all laptops and tablets from your bag to be scanned through separately. Airports get busy and most people want to swiftly go through security so that they can go ahead to the duty-free departments and relax before boarding the plane. If you plan on bringing your laptop, tablet or DVD players on board, make sure they each have a protective cover or pouch. Place them in a pocket so that you can easily unzip and put onto the conveyer belt to be scanned.
Did you know – According to FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) you are now able to use most electronic devices while in the air and this includes your personal phone and tablets as long as it’s in airplane mode. Mobile electronic devices won’t really bring an airplane down but they can be a nuisance to pilots when descending to your destination and hearing the interference of a 100+ mobiles/cell phones picking up a signal.
- Wipe down your seating area and everything they give you – it’s probably a lot dirtier than you would expect.
Blankets and Pillows
Blankets and pillows might seem a little luxury when you’re travelling on a long-haul flight and they’re given to you all wrapped up and new. But they actually just get refolded and stuffed back in the bins between flights. The only fresh ones are usually the ones from the first flight in the morning so if you’re travelling in the evening, you’re likely to have a pillow and blanket covered embedded with sweat, drool and who knows what else.
Those new wrapped up headphones that you get given to on a flight aren’t new. They are taken off the light, “cleaned”, and then packaged again. Avoid ear germs by giving them a quick wipe with your antibacterial wipes.
Interesting facts about travelling on an airplane:
- Did you know most flights also carry human organs? Yup! The majority of domestic flights have human remains or organs on them. Watch out the window for those baggage handlers carrying a box that says “head” at one end.
- Did you know that you can tell from the ground if a plane is being hijacked? If the plane is in a hijack situation, when the pilot lands, they will leave the wing flaps up that slow the plane down, this is to signal the airport that there is something happening inside the plane.
- Did you know that you only have about 15 minutes of oxygen from the point of pulling masks down? But this is more than enough time for the pilot to take the plane to a lower altitude when you can breathe normally. More importantly - at altitude, you have 15-20 seconds before you pass out so make sure you put your mask on first before you help your kids or whoever is around you. Passing out for a few seconds won’t harm your kids. .
So even if you’re only travelling for 2 days or a couple of weeks, the plane journey there and back can go very smoothly and comfortably if you’re well prepared beforehand. It’s better to think ahead so you know exactly what you have and can use for unexpected situations.
Happy and safe travelling!