Becoming An Expert Carry-on Packer For Airplane Flights
If you are getting ready to go on a trip by plane, the most important thing you can do it to begin to pack a carry-on! Everyone seems to have their own way of packing for a flight.
However, too many people bring either way too much on their trip, or they forget the critical things that they need. Start by bringing some wet wipes with you.
They are great for a quick face-wash, for wiping the handle in a questionable ladies bathroom, and for stain-removal on-the-go. They remove newsprint and cashew oil and salt from hands.
They smell nice and provide a quick, easy pick-me-up on long journeys. Nowadays, they come in anti-bacterial and travel versions, so if those don’t irritate your skin, you can also have a little more germ-control than otherwise.
Waiting an hour or two on the ground while pilots decide whether that blinking warning light is important or not can be whiled away with a good best-seller book or a really large, heavy women’s fashion magazine. It is always tempting to omit reading material because it’s heavy, but try to bring something if you can.
You can never have enough soft, versatile paper products, so don’t forget Kleenex. The week before you start your trip, make sure and take your vitamins.
Or, you can try taking a vitamin product, called Airborne, starting 3 days before your airplane flight. Air travel in particular makes people sick because on a plane of 300, at least three people are going to have colds or the flu.
Besides that, people from different places carry different germs. Something that doesn’t bother someone else at all may make you sick as a dog.
So, load up on vitamins, drink lots of water, and do all the right things in terms of nutrition and exercise before taking a trip, to maximize your immune functions. A day spent in the forced air of a plane and air conditioning in airports will dry out your skin like two weeks in the desert.
Moisturizer is an absolute must, to be applied before you leave home and every three hours or so afterwards. Augment your moisturizer with a small atomizer filled with Evian water, that you can use to lightly mist and refresh your skin during the flight.
Nothing freshens a person up like a good, two-minute tooth-brushing. Buy a travel-sized tube of toothpaste and carry it inside a small zip lock bag in case it opens up during the flight.
Carry your toothbrush in a plastic bag too, so that wet bristles don’t get the other contents of your bag soggy. For moments when you can’t get to the toothbrushing station, gum is the answer.
It’s also useful for alleviating pressure in the ears, and can be used to sweeten up the occupant of the seat next to yours. It banishes coffee breath and is useful as an ice-breaker (as in, “Would you like a piece of gum?”)
For contact wearers, extra saline, a case, and a pair of glasses are important. The dry air of the plane can wreck your contacts and give you bleary, bloodshot eyes.
If you don’t wear contacts, eye drops can moisten your eyes and prevent them from burning. A pair of clean socks in your bag means that no matter how hot and sweaty (or cold and clammy) your feet got getting to the plane, you can slip off your shoes, put on clean, dry socks and relax throughout the flight with dry, comfortable feet without adding anything funky to the general airplane ambiance.
At some point during your trip, you are going to get cold. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to Brazil in July, either the airplane will be 58 degrees, or the airport will have the air conditioning going full blast when you arrive.
If by some miracle you do not need to wear your sweater, you can roll it up and put it under your neck as a fluffy substitute for the flat airplane seat pillow. You can even bring a small blanket if you don’t want to use the suspect looking ones that come on the plane.
If you have everything you need, you will be comfortable as can be. Now pack what you need and enjoy your flight!
Tom Selwick has worked the past 22 years in the air charter industry. He suggests usingPrivate Jet Charter for a quality charter service.