The biggest advantage of the carry-on bag is that it travels with you and is handled by you. There is absolutely no dependency on airport authorities and baggage guys. There are two scenarios having a carry-on bag. You are travelling light and there are no checked bags. The other scenario is when you checked in the main luggage and your carry-on is an extra bag that you carry on board. Let’s consider the second plot.

Carry-on starts with selecting the carry-on bag. It should comply with the airline allowance and usually not exceed a 46 linear inches (21.5 x 15.5 x 9 in) or 118 inches (55 x 40 x 23 cm). Do not forget that measures include handles and wheels. The size is important since the bag should fit the overhead compartment. Usually carry-on suitcases are made in compliance with airlines’ regulations but it is paramount to double check the size to avoid problems at the check in counter and on the plane. When choosing the bag make sure it has multiple compartments and zippered sections to simplify packing. Also it is much easier to find things when they are well organized.

The most important things to have are travel documents required: passport, travel insurance, tickets, travel itineraries. Today we keep the most of travel information including tickets, boarding passes, snapshot of documents, travel insurance papers in our cell phones. Thus, a cell phone and its charger are one of the most significant travel necessities. Then comes a wallet with credit cards and driver’s license.

Do not forget to pack some first aid that you would want to have at hand including: tissues, band aids, a hand sanitizer, any prescription or nonprescription drugs that you usually use.

Having a carry-on means having control. Sometimes checked bags get lost and you arrive at the destination without your possessions. This situation is unpleasant since you have to wait for the airline to locate and deliver your baggage. It may take days to finally get your checked bags. It is a good idea to have a toothbrush, dental floss, toothpaste and deodorant in your carry-on bag. Many hotels provide you with some essentials in case of lost baggage, however, it is much nicer to have quality dental hygiene that you got used too. It does not hurt to pack cosmetics pouch with you. You can always buy travel size dental accessories to save space and get sample sizes of skincare and make up products. Keep in mind that airlines have certain allowances for a carry-on baggage. It is very important to follow airline security rules that all liquids, skincare products and non-solid food must be 100ml/100 grams (3.4 oz) or less and be stored in a clear zip lock bag.

Do not forget to add a day  supply of fresh clothes (swimming suit/trunks if you go to on a beach vacation), a pair of flip flops, and an extra pair of shoes.

Your vacation or business trip won’t be ruined by lost baggage problem if you have a properly packed carry-on.

Happy Travels!