As anyone who’s ever been stranded in Denver for 17 hours knows, airline travel often throws a curve ball. But if you’ve got a well-packed carry-on, you’re good to go no matter what happens. Here, 11 things to always have on hand.
1. Eye Mask
Whether you’re trying to sleep on a red-eye or in a hotel room where the sunlight pokes in at 5 a.m, an eye mask will help you get the shut-eye you need to feel your best.
2. Antibacterial Wipes
From the airport to the shuttle bus, you’re going to be touching lots of germs. Decrease the ick factor with a pack of Wet Ones.
Planes can never decide on a temperature. (Hello arctic takeoff and hot-flash-central landing.) Do yourself a favor and pack some options so you can stay comfy throughout flight.
Getting a migraine three hours into your trans-Atlantic is no fun. Always travel with pain-relievers so you can nip it in the bud.
5. Photocopies of your passport
Losing a passport abroad is a complete nightmare, so make sure you have a few photocopies in case of emergency. Keep one in your wallet, one in the pocket of your favorite handbag and heck, even one in your toiletry case.
Feel a little grimy upon landing? Freshen your breath and get on with your life.
7. Extra Cash
Because who knows when you’ll see another ATM.
Is it just us, or is it impossible to get comfortable on a plane when your toes are all jammed into your sneakers?
9. Refillable Water Bottle
Of course, water won’t be allowed through security, but you can fill up at the nearest water-fountain, then stay hydrated throughout the flight. (These amazing Kleen Kanteen bottles keep water ice-cold for an entire day).
10. A Notebook
You don’t have to be a travel blogger to keep a written record of your trip. Pack a journal and pen or pencil so you can jot down thoughts, memories or goals as they come to you.
Because you are not fun when you’re hungry.