Packing your carry-on bag may seem like a straight-forward no brainer, but that is not always the case. Making sure you have all the on-board essentials packed into one smallish bag can be tricky. To help whittle it down to the clever basics here are the top priorities must-haves.
One of the best combo pieces is the Chic Buds Clutchette. It does the job of doubling as a stylish leather evening bag and smartphone charger. This must-have accessory features an ultra-thin (removable) battery, built-in USB cord, credit card slots, detachable wristlet and it can fit keys, lip gloss and other on-the-go essentials.
Ladies you can feel completely safe in any situation with the Sound Grenade by ROBOCOPP in their bag. It emits a piercing siren that can function as a wild animal repellent (Monkeys in Thailand stealing your passport?); a safety whistle (No cell reception?); and a PROVEN criminal deterrent (great for walking the streets of Lima). And it’s a TSA-approved for your carry-on, (natch).
Jenifour Jones of Go Get It Events & Travel recommends including tweezers in your bag. That way if you see something you do not like in the airplane bathroom and you can tweeze it out. Jones also suggests a travel size steamer to get wrinkles out of clothes before deplaning (along with a mini fabreeze).
Swipe® is a powerful throw-in to carry-ons. They are handier than a bulky deodorant stick that melt in hot temperatures. Their new formula is eco-friendly, biodegradable and paraben-free and infused with natural tea tree extract. The product is available exclusively for purchase at Urban Outfitters.
The best suggestion from Carrie Peters, the senior travel editor for Hotwire, is carrying along an adult coloring book. Studies show they’re great for your mental health. She is also suggested skipping the lip gloss because it gets gooey on airplanes and ops for Burt’s Bee’s Lip balm instead.
Pack a few 2 ounce tubes of Super Glue, said Keith Shadle of EasySentri. The super super small size can be used 1-4 times. And they are the cure for everything from broken nails, heals, busted sunglasses, the mirror in your makeup compact or even mend small frays or hems. “I have used it to fix a hole in one of my small waterproof bags and to make temporary patches to cover up holes in my hiking pants!” said Keith. They are disposable and can be picked up at Home Depot.
Flint is a new award-winning beautifully-redesigned travel-size retractable, refillable lint roller. It removes sweater pill, lint, and pet hair swiftly. The product is made using Japanese tape which is extra sticky but not too sticky. They come in 6 festive colors.
Zeal Optics offers the versatile Ellume sunglass lens. It is environmentally friendly, built for all light conditions and comes in a wide range of frames. You only need to carry one pair in your bag to fit any activity.
Motion sickness is frequently a travel hazard brought on by air turbulence, taxi cab rides, subways, windy roads, amusement park rides, and/or cruises/sailing. Psi Bands are the drug-free/acupressure wrist band answer. No more drowsiness or dry mouth caused by over the counter medications. They are available in several fashion-forward colors, waterproof, adjustable for a personalized fit, and reusable. Available nationally in store at CVS and Target, and online (Target.com, Amazon, CVS.com).
Karen Klopp author of “Packing for Travel: From Jet Set to Trek Set, The Definitive Globe Trotting Guide” suggests bringing a long a friction stick. Applied to your feet during the flight it helps to avoid the “tight shoe” syndrome when you deplane. She also recommends a paperback book vs. e-book. No powering down when the plane takes off and once you’ve finished your book you can pay-it-forward and leave it in the passenger lounge. The best summer beach read recommendation, “My Lover’s Keeper.”
P.S. Did you watch the fun travel video from Spirit Air yet?