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How to pack your carry-on

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They must be small enough to fit under your seat.

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Your travel bag is your most valuable possession when you travel . It contains your Identification and tickets, but it can also save you from boredom on a long flight and wearing the same outfits day after day if your checked baggage gets lost.

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9659006] Before you start packing, measure the bag you want to use. There are no TSA or FAA regulations that state exactly how large your carry-on may be, but the general rule is that it must fit under your seat or in the luggage compartment.

The exact policies vary from airline to airline and the TSA will ask you to contact your airline prior to the flight. At United Airlines the maximum size is 22cm x 35cm x 56cm. American Airlines has a maximum limit of 45 x 35 x 20 cm. Before you come to the airport, you should look for the exact dimensions on your carrier's website.

If you bring a laptop or tablet on board, your carry-on bag will ideally have a padded compartment to protect it. Make sure these compartments are easily accessible during security checks, as the TSA will force you to remove your equipment, and you will not have to fight to get them out while throwing everything else into a plastic x-ray compartment.

Another important factor is the comfort. You will carry (or roll) this bag through security and long corridors, or maybe run with it to the gate so you do not miss your connection. Do you need padded handles or padded straps? Make sure your bag meets your comfort requirements.

Pack smart

When packing, make sure that the things you use least are at the bottom of the bag while more useful items are on top. 19659007] It's a good idea to keep most of your valuables in your carry-on bag just in case your bags get lost. Be sure to stash the jewelry on the bottom of your bag, away from the opening, and store your purse in an inside pocket to make it harder to steal.

You may also want to hide a few bills in the pages of a paperback or magazine you brought with you. Most thieves will not remember to steal reading material, so you still have some money, even if your purse is stolen. Another good hiding place for some extra cash or a traveler's check is between your phone and its case.

Two other things that should always be in your carry-on bag, not in your checked baggage, are prescriptions, contact lenses or glasses. If your checked baggage is lost, it can be difficult to quickly replace the medication, and it is even more difficult to get replacement glasses or contact lenses.

Airports sometimes lose their luggage. It happens. It's important to pack some clothes (and underwear!) In your carry-on bag to hold you until your bags are found. Pack light clothing, which can be rolled up and placed in the bottom of the bag without worrying about wrinkles. Quick-drying clothing is also a good idea, just in case you need to wash it in the sink in your hotel room.

What to do with your gadgets

Whether you plan to do work or have a chat, your laptop or tablet can be your most important product in your business – make sure you use it

Flight Mode

Remember that airplane mode is called airplane mode for a reason – the flight crew will ask you to use it when the aircraft doors are closed and throughout your flight. Use it on your tablet, phone or laptop when prompted. Jason Cipriani made a great contribution to how and when to use Airplane Mode on the iPhone .

Stay Charged

On a long flight, your laptop, phone, or tablet can quickly charge 100 percent of the time, desperately looking for power, especially if they're your main entertainment source. Make sure you bring a charge pack to fight fears of weak batteries. When I have a window seat, I prefer a solar charger, like the X-Dragon solar charger power bank or the Beartwo portable solar charger, because the sunlight coming in through the window never drains it. Conventional battery packs, such as the Mophie Powerstation or Anker PowerCore, are also a good choice, regardless of seat allocation. Both are small but carry a decent load.

Pack the right headphones

Now that your power problems are covered, think of your ears. Many airlines provide free headphones, but the sound is less than spectacular and they can be threadbare. Sound-canceling headphones are ideal for your carry-on luggage. You can use them to turn off crying kids or chatty seat neighbors even if you do not listen to music. Here is our list of the best Noise Canceling Headphones for the year 2018.

Need ideas on what to do with your devices during the flight? Mike Sorrentino has a great article with 5 steps to turn your smartphone or tablet into an entertainment center

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