First 6.5+ hr plane ride - what to pack for carry on?

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Posted: 2/11/2013 8:38:46 PM
I'm going on my first "long" plane ride this weekend and want to start packing. What are some "must haves" you always put in your carry on?


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Posted: 2/11/2013 8:41:27 PM
Lip balm. It is always so dry in a plane. A 6+ hour flight would leave my lips raw without it. I'd need reading material, snacks, maybe a crossword puzzle or two.



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Posted: 2/11/2013 8:44:49 PM
let's see:

headphones/music player
pillow/soft blanket
ibuprofen for headaches
makeup to freshen up
gum for ear popping

i try to dress in comfy but nice looking clothes. i don't like the pj look but maybe some comfy jeans, a tank and jacket so you can take it off its hot/cold.

have fun!


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Posted: 2/11/2013 10:16:10 PM
Dramamine, my MP3 player, a hoodie (which I'd be wearing, not packing) and, for my next trip, my battery powered fan.

(Honestly, I can't do anything on a plane except sit quietly, wait for the dramamine to kick in, and try not to move too much.)

Not sure about prepacking water and snacks, though: do those make it through security these days?

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Posted: 2/11/2013 10:21:37 PM

Not sure about prepacking water and snacks, though: do those make it through security these days?
you can pack snacks, but not water.

I'd take a book or two, my mp3, and my computer to watch movies on plus a set of earbuds.

I also take Sudafed.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 10:23:36 PM
I would bring:
my ipad which covers reading, games, music & movie/TV shows
lotion, lip balm, tissues & eye drops.
Something to eat & drink
Notebook or pad of paper & pen (I like making handwritten list or to track plans)


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Posted: 2/11/2013 10:26:30 PM
This is the TSA Carry on regulations. remember to put it in a QUART size clear zip bag - not a gallon size. Nothing over 3.4 ounces, 1 quart bag per passenger.

3-1-1 for Carry-ons

Liquids, aerosols and gels, in limited quantities, are safe to bring aboard an aircraft. Each traveler is allowed one bag in order to limit the total volume of liquids, aerosols and gels. Consolidating products into one bag and X-raying them separately from the carry-on bag enables security officers to quickly clear all items.

3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3.4 ounce (100ml) bottle or less (by volume); 1 quart-sized, clear plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3.4 ounce (100ml) container size is a security measure.

Be prepared. Each time TSA searches a carry-on it slows down the line. Practicing 3-1-1 will ensure a faster and easier checkpoint experience.

3-1-1 is for short trips. If in doubt, put your liquids in checked luggage.

Declare larger liquids. Medications, baby formula and food, and breast milk are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding 3.4 ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint. Officers may need to open these items to conduct additional screening.

TSA Carry On regulations


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Posted: 2/11/2013 10:39:03 PM
Kleenex and a watch to keep track of time when the batteries on everything else dies.

A crossword puzzle of some sort or a book when you can't use electronics and need something to keep your mind occupied.

Sweatshirt and extra socks

Gum and other small snacks you like.. stay away from salty stuff.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 10:41:18 PM
I always take along a spare set of undies, make-up basics and a t-shirt that I can use for pjs. You'd be surprised at what a pain it can be to not have your luggage arrive with you! I try to pack enough to keep me going for 24-32 hrs if need be so I can get to a store or have my suitcase delivered.

For longer flights, I start taking a daily aspirin a few days earlier to lower my risk of blood clots from sitting still so long. Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate.

Be prepared with snacks - especially this time of yr when a snowstorm can keep you on the tarmac a while longer turning that 6 1/2 hr trip into a much longer one (but they haven't planned airline meals accordingly!) I always pack a fun book or two to read, book of puzzles like Suduko, something with earphones in case I have an obnoxiously chatty seatmate, a jacket/sweater that can double as a small pillow, and/or a blanket if I get chilly.

Something for a headache, hand creme, lip balm, gum for changing ear pressure, and hand sanitizer.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 10:43:11 PM
Book, headphones and music and/or audio books, lip moisturizer and I would buy water after going through security so I was not at the mercy of the flight attendants for something to drink.

I find that the time passes a lot faster than I think it will once I am on the flight. You will probably have at least one movie to entertain you if it is something you want to watch.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 11:05:25 PM
I always wear a pashmina or a large scarf that I can use to cover myself with and then wear during my trip. They help with the chill of the plane. We buy water or take an empty water bottle and fill it in the airport. For snacks I usually pack some crackers, cheese, sausage, an apple, and some dried fruit & maybe a protein bar.
I always make sure I have lotion, something for my lips, advil & I have a contact case with solution & my glasses.
My kindle or tablet and my mp3 player.
Last few trip I have taken a small travel pillow as I have neck problems.

Enjoy your trip!



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Posted: 2/12/2013 4:18:26 AM
6.5 hours is easy.

Bring your laptop and start a new tv series, or watch a couple of movies.

Bring lip balm and moisturiser.

Bring a few snacks along.

Bring a water bottle so you don't have to keep asking for a little cup.

Get the armrest early or you'll lose it for the whole flight!

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Posted: 2/12/2013 6:03:36 AM
Bring a DC (car charger) with you for your electronic devices. Your seat may have an outlet to use so you can keep your goodies charged. Most (not all) longer-haul airplanes have them these days.

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Posted: 2/12/2013 7:26:21 AM
ipad with a pre-loaded movie, kindle, travel pillow, hand sanitizer, water (bought after going through security), snack, lip balm, noise cancelling headphones.



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Posted: 2/12/2013 7:48:50 AM
socks, headphones, and something to read (I need an actual book that I am in the middle of. I am afraid to fly and electronic books must be turned off during take-off and landing).

For transatlantic flights I have also taken an old pillow, that needed to be replaced, just for the flight.


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Posted: 2/12/2013 9:01:48 AM
kindle or reading material
crochet or knitting if you like to
small warm blanket
light weight jacket
eye mask to help sleep
ipad or game device
crossword or other puzzle book
headphones so you can watch the movie

plan to have to buy water/drinks

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Posted: 2/12/2013 9:04:44 AM
Where are you going? If the beach, I pack my swimsuit in case my luggage is lost. I have all my cosmetics and ipod.

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Posted: 2/12/2013 9:09:13 AM
my knitting!



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Posted: 2/12/2013 9:14:10 AM
Buy a bottle of water after you pass through security to carry on. Also bring some snacks - fruit, nuts, granola bars. Don't count on being fed if you are delayed!

I always have hand sanitizer, reading material, lip balm and hand lotion.

Have fun!


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Posted: 2/12/2013 10:34:34 AM
If you plan on taking knitting or crochet, be sure to check on the kinds of needles or hooks you can take with you. I've heard of metal ones being taken away since they are a "weapon"!


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Posted: 2/12/2013 12:08:04 PM
Lip balm
iPad with a couple of books/a movie/music
fuzzy slipper socks
medications (don't check these)
water purchased after security
gum to manage the ear popping on take off and landing

I wear a hoodie or a sweater because I always get cold

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Posted: 2/12/2013 12:12:40 PM

If you plan on taking knitting or crochet, be sure to check on the kinds of needles or hooks you can take with you. I've heard of metal ones being taken away since they are a "weapon"!

You can take any type of needles and technically they were wrong for confiscating those needles. But if course it is up to their discretion which is bullshit and gives them way too much power. Bring a self addressed stamped envelope to send them home in if you run into a power trip agent.


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Posted: 2/12/2013 1:58:44 PM
A Word find. Or Suduku.
If somebody bumps you you don't loose your place.

If you like the person in your row you can share.

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Posted: 2/12/2013 2:09:17 PM
I am sure you know the etiquette of reclining your chair..if you read the posts here..

Have fun!!! Hope it is somewhere with a beach


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Posted: 2/12/2013 2:21:38 PM
Pretty much what everyone else mentioned, but I always like having my camera in my purse too... I take pictures of anything and everything - I love flying

I also take a small bag of Smartfood popcorn... It's not essential, but I highly recommend it


PeaNut 497,270
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Posted: 2/12/2013 6:18:43 PM
Thanks for the great suggestions, ladies! Just to be safe, I think I'll purchase my snacks and water after I pass through security; don't want to wait in that line any longer than I need to!

Also -

I am sure you know the etiquette of reclining your chair..if you read the posts here..

Have fun!!! Hope it is somewhere with a beach

I'll be sure to stay upright, so the person behind me doesn't come to TP to complain about me!


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Posted: 2/12/2013 7:10:04 PM
I always carry on an extra pair of underwear, socks, my swimsuit (if going somewhere warm), makeup, jewelry, electronics (phone, iPad, earbuds), Advil, a snack or two, water, and I dress in layers.

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Posted: 2/12/2013 7:31:30 PM
I have a smallish backpack that I use for my carry on -- think a bit smaller than what the high school/college kids use to lug around their books and laptop. The most important things for me are:
-- underwear, socks, two short-sleeved shirts (since I'm wearing a long-sleeved one on the plan, plus I have a shawl) -- I'm prepared for when, er I mean "if" they lose my luggage.
-- iPad, headphones
-- water (buy after security)
-- snacks (especially important for me because I have celiac disease and don't trust the airline food)
-- maybe a magazine, one that I can leave somewhere along the way for someone else to read.
-- neck pillow
-- eye shades -- I was skeptical of these until I went to Israel with a friend who insisted I bring them along because she loved hers so much. lol...
-- toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush, lip balm (I use the vaseline kind in a tube, which I like best for the dry plane air)
-- I put the toothpaste in my quart size ziplock, then use the rest of that bag for food things such as yogurt, single-serving peanut butter, or hummos. It's amazing what you can fit into one of those bags. lol.
-- camera

That's about it.

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Posted: 2/12/2013 8:39:31 PM
Movies/tv shows on my ipad or laptop and books or my Kindle. I never fall asleep on planes so I always like to have stuff to do or I get really antsy. I also bring some snacks and make sure to buy the largest water I can before getting on the plane.


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Posted: 2/12/2013 9:11:13 PM
several books, my ipod, an extra shirt, undies, socks, my large pashima/scarf/shawl to keep cozy, my travel neck pillow, a small bottle of lotion, lip balm, hard candy

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Posted: 2/12/2013 9:37:23 PM
lip balm
reading material
excedrin or such for headache emergencies


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Posted: 2/12/2013 10:47:36 PM
Colgate Wisp waterless toothbrushes.


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