My flight from the UK to Thailand left Heathrow at 10:55 GMT and arrived the following day in Bangkok at 8:40 GMT +7. It was a very long journey, not to mention four hours delayed. It was approximately 36 hours between opportunities to shower with a lot of waiting and trying my patience in between.
What was packed in my carry-on made all the difference in comfort and ease. Whether you’re making a pilgrimage or a short simple jaunt, it’s important to pack your carry-on wisely.
Here are the 12 most important things included in my carry-on.
- Wet wipes. Moist towelettes. However you choose to refer to them, these are a girl’s or a boy’s best friend on the go, a traveler’s sponge bath. I had two during this particular trek.
- Toothbrush and toothpaste. Do yourself and the person sat next to you a favor.
- Deodorant. Unless you’re a hippie, perhaps you could tote patchouli oil.
- Prescription medications. Because when your bag goes missing, meds can be nigh impossible to replace.
- Change of clothing. On this particular trip, I packed a lightweight dress and my flip-flops to change into for tramping around Bangkok. Don’t forget a pair of underwear (more of a mental note to myself for future reference).
- Make-up. For the simple fact that some powder, blush or eyeshadow always breaks when stowed in my check-on luggage.
- Lotion. In the stale air of the plane, my hands, my face, even my nostrils get so dry (a bit personal, but fact!). A small bottle of lotion is crucial on long airplane stints.
- Kindle for reading.
- Journal and pen for writing.
- iPod for music or games when extremely bored and burnt out on reading and writing.
- Earplugs. Just in case you’re sat in front of the screaming baby on the plane, like I was. What’s more, their doting Russian dad started snoring once the lights went out for the night.
- Chocolate and mixed nuts. For the creature comforts.
Other items included in photo: travel papers, passport, water canteen, sunglasses, headlamp, packet of tissues, chargers and converters, slipper socks, crossword puzzles book and a monthly planner.