Soon enough it’s going to become christmas vacation, and I for one cannot wait to go home and see my family. However, as some of you might be able to relate to, going home isn’t that easy when you live in another country, or simply live far away from your family.
Whether you’re going home over christmas or have decided to switch the family events out with new and exciting christmas adventures, if you have a long travel ahead of you, you are going to be in SERIOUS need of a good carry on.
This is where my carry-on checklist comes in. The list of course covers all the necessary things you can’t actually go anywhere without, but also includes the things you may not need, but that you’re definitely going to want when you are 6 hours into your journey and just want it to be OVER.
You laptop, phone and powerbank seem like obvious things to keep in your carry on as opposed to having them in your check-in luggage. This way you don’t risk loosing or damaging them, and you can use the long hours to get some work in or watch Netflix.
Headphones are a completely must (for me at least). I have know idea how I would survive the long journey home without music. For some reason music just tends to make the time go faster. It’s also a great way to block out the airplane or train noise if you want to get a nap in.
A good book is definitely worth bringing on a long journey. I don’t know about you guys, but for me, being in uni I almost never have time to read anything not related to my course, so long travels are one of those times I allow myself to read a book just for fun.
I like to bring a big scarf whenever I go on long journeys. Airplanes tends to always have excessive airconditioning, and a large scarf is not only fashionable, but it also doubles as a blanket… super pratical and comfy! Comfy socks are also something I bring for long travels; for the exact same reason.
Magazines are great when you get bored, but you’re at that stage where you’re wayyy to tired to actually keep your eyes open while reading a full on book.
I find that a notebook and pen are a great thing to keep around in case you need to write important information down about your travel, your destination, or literally anythings else. However, I guess with most people having some sort of notepad on their smart phone this is that relevant.
Of course you also need to bring your wallet, that one is pretty obvious, here it can be a good idea to keep a list of important information such as street names, contact info, important emails and phonenumbers etcetera.
Toiletrise in your carry-on?
I know that most people probably pack their toiletries in their check-in luggage, but it can truly be a lifesaver to have a few toiletries around with you in your carry-on.
Things I always have amongst my carry-on toiletries includes toothbrush + past, deodorant, lip balm, hand sanitiser, and although the checklist above doesn’t state so face wash. I feel like the reasons behind these are fairly obvious. Traveling several hours in a cramped train or airplane will leave you with bad breath (gum is also a great thing to have on hand in this situation), and maybe a bit smelly. You will be touching a lot of different surfaces which is where the hand sanitiser comes in, and the air on the plain will completely RUIN your skin and lips, which is why a lip balm and face wash is a great thing to keep on hand.