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9 CARRY ON ESSENTIALS

Updated: Jul 23, 2019

This blog post will outline a few of the must-have items that I take on every flight. These are items that I take on every flight without fail to ensure the most comfortable flight with peace of mind.


1. Earplugs

Item: Earplugs

What they do: They help to relieve discomfort caused to the ears as a result of changes in air pressure.

Why?: I travel with these on every single flight since I have a history of experiencing pretty bad ear pain from the pressure changes when flying.

Price: £5.10

Where to buy: https://amzn.to/2XWlLHR (or click photo)




2. Headphones



Item: Beats By Dre wireless headphones

What they do: Connect to your phone via bluetooth and play music loudly and clearly. They also have a fantastic battery life that lasts a very long time.

Why?: I'm so dramatic so I must listen to music when I am on the plane taking off. I usually listen to a song that I like that will get me in a good mood, because Lord knows customs can be stressful. On my last trip, I played Nines- 'I see you shining' on my outbound flight until I was sick of it, and then on my inbound flight I had DJ Snake - Middle on repeat, because I heard it in the club the night before and fell in love. But now, I'm sick of that song too lol.

Price: £210.52

Where to buy: https://amzn.to/2SsVM4M (or click photo)


3. Travel pillow


Item: Travel pillow

What they do: Support your neck and allow you to have a comfortable sleep on your flight.

Why?: So here's the thing, I never used to believe in travel pillows up until I bought one just to follow fashion and make my picture look extra cool and then used it on the flight and it changed my life. No more waking up with a sore neck with this bad boy. It was only £10 and now I can't travel without one. Good investment for a comfortable flight.

Price: £7.28

Where to buy: https://amzn.to/2XQy7kG (or click photo)





4. Suitcase padlock


Item: Padlocks

What they do: Keep your luggage safe and reduces the risk of theft on your travels.

Why?: So, initially I never travelled with a suitcase padlock because I was unaware that the people handling your luggage could actually go into it and steal things. But then there was a time I was travelling with my friend who believed this theory strongly and put a padlock on her suitcase and urged me to do the same. Me, thinking It's not that serious, I forgot and explained to her that I didn't put a padlock on my suitcase, expecting her to console me, but all I got was 'Good luck bro' LOL. My heart was beating for a whole 8 hours on that flight because I was so scared someone would steal my expensive items in my suitcase. First thing I did when I got to the other end and took my suitcase of the belt was rip it open to see if anything had been taken. Thankfully, nothing was taken and my valuables were hidden beneath my 101 outfits I had packed. From that day forth I never wanted to feel that panic again (I couldn't even enjoy my flight), so I decided to put a padlock on my suitcase to lock away any valuables, and I would suggest you do the same. You don't want to ruin your holiday before you even get there!

Price: £5.99

Where to buy: https://amzn.to/2XYE27x (or click photo)



5. Sweets/Confectionary


Item: Sweets/Confectionary

What they do: Helps with the ear pressure and tastes good lol. If you don't like sweets, try chewing gum.

Why?: If you know me, you know that I absolutely love sweets so this is something that I definitely need on a flight to keep me happy and sane. I learned that eating chewy sweets or sucking hard boiled sweets can actually help with ear pressure too. Or that's what I keep telling myself anyway to make it more acceptable!

Price: Ambiguous

Where to buy: You can buy a hamper of your favourite mix of childhood sweets here. Also works well as a travel gift.

If you know me, you know that I absolutely love sweets so this is something that I definitely need on a flight to keep me happy and sane :)


6. Antibacterial hand gel


Item: Antibacterial hand gel (Aloe vera)

What it does: Helps with disinfecting hands while on the plane.

Why?: I am a bit of a clean freak. Travelling with OCD means I need to disinfect my hands 129902 times a day. I love the Aloe vera antibacterial gel since Aloe vera has healing properties and has a really fresh smell.

Price: 3 pocketsized tubes for £5.95

Where to buy: https://amzn.to/32Fza5P (or click photo)


7. Money, money money!

Item: Money

Why?: So ,recently I made the silly mistake of forgetting to change money whilst I was in London because I was told it would be cheaper at my destination to change it. What I didn't realise is that since I did not have the pounds ready to change, I had to withdraw from a cashpoint and every time I did that I was charged extra. Not to mention I was not given any details of the conversion rate so I just withdrew blindly, not knowing how much was actually taken until I checked my statement. So moral of the story: always have cash and withdraw from your home countries cashpoint to avoid unnecessary charges every time you need money.


Tip: -Always tell your bank that you're travelling beforehnd so that you card isn't swallowed abroad

-Or you could switch to Monzo which is the best travelling account around at the moment.


8. Passport

Item: Passport

What it does: Allows me to cross borders with ease.

Why?: Well, I won't be able to get on the plane without this important document.


Read my latest blog post on the advantages of having a British passport here.










9. Travel Insurance

Item: Travel Insurance document

What it does: Allows you to be covered in the case of losses or damages incurred on a trip

Why?: It's always better to be safe than sorry. This document is especially important when travelling to countries outside of Europe, since these countries do not have free healthcare like the UK, so in the case of a disaster you could be made to fork out a lot of money on hospital bills.





I'd love to know what's in your carry-on? Do you have anything in this list besides the obvious ones?


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