The Essential Travel Carry-On Checklist

LAST UPDATED: 4/22/23 – Travel Carry-On Checklist

Carry-On Checklist
Making sure your carry-on bag is organized is essential to maximizing your comfort on a plane ride.

When traveling, it is important to have your carry-on bag organized so that you have what you need to make it thru a long flight.  To help you make sure you aren’t forgetting anything important, I’ve put together this list that you can use. Also, don’t forget to check the TSA Approved carry-on list before you head to the airport to make sure your carry-on items comply with current TSA policies.

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Carry-On ChecklistPassport\Visas
Carry-On ChecklistWallet\Identification
Carry-On ChecklistBoarding Passes
Carry-On ChecklistTravel Itinerary
Carry-On ChecklistMedical Insurance\Travel Insurance Card
Carry-On ChecklistPhone
Carry-On ChecklistTablet
Carry-On ChecklistNoise Cancelling Headphones
Carry-On ChecklistSleep Mask
Carry-On ChecklistTravel Pillow
Carry-On ChecklistWater Bottle
Carry-On ChecklistChewing Gum
Carry-On ChecklistHand Sanitizer
Carry-On ChecklistToothbrush and Toothpaste
Carry-On Checklist Pain Relievers and Other Medications
Carry-On Checklist Reading Materials
Carry-On Checklist Food\Snacks

Other Packing Tips

Carry-On Checklist

In addition to sorting out your carry-on, you may want to consider checking out some of my other packing travel advice to ensure that you don’t forget anything important for your trip.

In the first guide I have linked to in my carry-on checklist guide below, I outline some general packing tips that I have picked up over my many years of travel. This includes things like how to pack efficiently so that you don’t have to lug heavy bags around with you when you travel.

I have also linked to my ultimate travel packing checklist. If you are taking a big international trip, you are definitely going to want to read this checklist. It includes important information on which travel documents you will need to pack, medications you might want to consider, and what type of bag you might want to bring with you. You can find this ultimate packing checklist linked in my carry-on checklist guide below.

If there is something that you think should be added to this list, please leave me a suggestion in the comments section.  I love getting your feedback! Not only that, but I am sure that other travelers will be happy to hear your suggestions as well.

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  1. Great list Josh. I also keep my camera in my carry-on, as well as a change of clothes, depending where I am going, should my checked bag get lost.

  2. i do all as carry on but have been getting lazy of late and check in my travel backpack. Since the flights are single destination I don’t feel like once before where I went to Japan but my bags went to Chicago. I think the clothing change is big! Also imagine being stuck in an airport or hotel somewhere without your things. Many hotels offer packs in the room for toothbrushes and shampoo and soap especially here in Cambodia and Vietnam before. Those are nice to have when things may be in your checked luggage. The other thing I routinely carry are portable chargers and usb cables for devices or perhaps my entire bag of charging cables which includes the one for the mac laptop and my 3 port and 2 AC charger. Nothing worse than not being able to charge even a phone when you need to do something online at an airport and all the charging stuff is stuck in a bag somewhere or checked through.

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