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User currently offlineFlpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2123 posts, RR: 27
Posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1134 times:

Hello all,

Let's hear some of the things you absolutely must include in your carry-on bag for when you travel ... in your carry-on, not your checked bags.

For example, I always carry my toiletry kit as well as a change of socks, boxers, and t-shirt.

Also, what are some of those must-have items in your toiletry kit?

Bonjour Chef!
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User currently offlineLtbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13856 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1127 times:

Don't forget any medicines you take regularly.
Also have:
Pain/headache pills, maybe cold/sinus pills
Back up glasses/contacts
Photocopies of your passport, credit cards, itenerary, tickets (helps out if lose any of them)
Pens, notebook, calculator
Camera and film (some of the bomb detecting equipment for checked baggage may damage you film)
Ear plugs, eye shade (unless know getting them on the flight)
Cell phone, phone numbers for family, airline(s) using
A book or some basic info on the place traveling into
Umbrella or a wind/water resistant coat or windbreaker

User currently offlineDABZF From Germany, joined Mar 2004, 1204 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1121 times:

My longhaul kit:

iPod (I just can't fly without it and everything else I can forget), book, thootbrush and paste, deodorant, shirt and socks, and sometimes a laptop (depending kind of travel).

My shorthaul kit:

iPod, book, sometimes a laptop (depending kind of travel).

With airlines having On Demand IFE with 100's of channels of entertainment the iPod starts to loose its meaning though.

I like driving backwards in the fog cause it doesn't remind me of anything - Chris Cornell
User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 66
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1120 times:

I bought several different adaptors for electric shavers, my wife's hair dryer etc. None of them worked as advertised. Protect yourself from that.

Fying international I found that the battery in my shaver would get me through the two shaves in Europe easily. The hotels where we stayed had a hair dryer for my wife when she went with me. Staying longer than a day or two? You can't go wrong with a disposible razor.

That was the only problem I ever really had to solve. Oh, some places in Latin America, for one example, toilet paper is hard to find and the sewage systems cannot handle it, so you are not to flush the paper. Usually not a problem at the more expensive tourist resorts, but be prepared.

Good rule: Take less clothing and more money.

Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
User currently offlineTUNisia From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1850 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1117 times:

GSM (900/1800/1900) mobile phone with international voltage adapters and SIM cards. Satellite phone perhaps too.

short wave radio

American Express card / Cash / American Express Travellers Cheques

Maps / local contacts

Water purification tablets (where needed) / Vitamins / Medication

socks / underwear / shirts / pants / hat / shades / boots and or shoes

condoms (for the pleasure seekers)

Someday the sun will shine down on me in some faraway place - Mahalia Jackson
User currently offlineXpat From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 634 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1092 times:

A good novel and a crossword puzzle book.

The only thing we have to fear is the sky falling on our heads. -Asterix
User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 8301 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1085 times:

Camera & Film (until I go digital)
a Terry Pratchett &/or Bill Bryson novel.

User currently offlineArmitageShanks From Costa Rica, joined Dec 2003, 3925 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1068 times:

I always try to have the following in my carry on:

Video Camera
Still Camera
Small Hand Towel
Instant Hand Sanitiser
A few dollars in Change
MP3 player

User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1053 times:

Computer bag:

Digital Camera
US and Destination Currency
Visa Card
Cell Phone
Chewing Gum
Breath Mint

Single Rollaboard suitcase:
2 Day Trip

Socks (4)
Tennis Shoes (1pr)
Gym Shorts (1)
Casual T-Shirt (1)
Toiletries Bag:
Hair Spray
Shave Cream
Dental Floss

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1043 times:


Writing stuff
Portable DVD player depending on IFE situation


Chief A.net college football stadium self-pic guru
User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7232 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1034 times:

nail clipper
a few magazines or nooks

User currently offlineXnv From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 142 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1027 times:

Several years ago I became inspired by an agent I worked with who only ever traveled with carry-on. She went to Africa for 2 weeks with a little backpack. After that I started to travel that way as much as I could and I almost always go with carry-on only, even when I went to Europe for 6 weeks. Business or pleasure, tropics or the poles.

There are only 3* things you absolutely need to take when you travel:
1. Tickets or other confirmation (like e-ticket receipt)
2. Photo ID (ALWAYS take your passport it's the ultimate piece of photo ID - also remember any travel visas or other documents you might need)
3. Money - a bit of cash and a credit card. Whatever you forget you can buy while you are there.
*plus prescription medications, if you have any

This should go without saying but NEVER check-in any of the above items. Anything that you cannot easily replace, don't check it in. I can't tell you how many times I've taken missing bag reports from passengers and they tell me they need their heart medication - that they checked in...

Everything else is supplemental.

Once you discipline yourself into traveling with carry-on you will never go back, especially if you every fly standby. You will be able to run to that tight connecting flight and make it, catch the first bus from the airport while others are still waiting for their luggage, and get in and out of customs fast.

Get a carry-on bag, pack your stuff in it. If it doesn't all fit you have too much stuff.

Here is a fantastic website: www.onebag.com

Travel Light
Travel Smart
Spread Good Standby Karma for fellow non-revs.

User currently offlineSaxdiva From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2384 posts, RR: 35
Reply 12, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1018 times:


I got into the same carry-on-only habit a couple of years ago, and it's like being set free; no way will my trip be ruined by lost luggage, and it keeps me from taking too much junk.

Here's what I brought for a 8-day trip to Ireland in March:
* 2 wool sweaters
* 3 turtlenecks
* 2 pair pants
* Underwear and socks for the duration of the trip
* Hiking boots (I wore these the whole time)
* Toiletries, with soap and shampoo in small bottles
* Camp Soap
* PJs
* "Wealth of Nations" by Adam Smith (this book and a stiff drink pretty much guaranteed me plenty of sleep on the flight, but I did manage to finish it on the trip)
* Pencil, pen, and high-lighter
* First aid kit
* Camera, film (this was before I went digital), and two lenses, all in their own small backpack
* Passport
* Credit cards and a few hundred EU in cash
* B&B guidebook

All this stuff fits in a Kelty Redwing 2900 (a small internal-frame backpack) with room to spare for bringing stuff home. For a tropical trip, I add sandals and a swimsuit, and trade the sweaters and turtlenecks for t-shirts and one long-sleeve shirt. I buy most of my travel clothes at REI (an outdoor sporting goods store), and make sure I get stuff that I can wash in the sink of my room and drip-dry by the next morning. Cuts down on the amount of clothing I have to pack, and comes in handy if I end up falling on my ass in a muddy pasture.

I knew I had gotten the system right when a B&B owner insisted on helping me bring in my luggage and was surprised to find that my only bag was the one I had thrown over my shoulder. Apparently, we Americans aren't known for traveling light.


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