How to: Packing your carry-on bag

Next time you're preparing for international travel, give yourself some time to get your bags together and use these handy carry-on packing tips.

It's the night before your early morning international flight and you 're sitting in your room, surrounded by piles of things you need to pack. When your suitcase is full, you look around at the remaining things and, in a final flurry, toss them all in your carry on.

Sound familiar? If this is you, next time you're packing for a trip, give yourself a bit of time and follow these tips for sorting your carry-on luggage.

Packing your valuables

This might seem obvious, but when you're planning your trip and keeping track of everything, the most simple things can slip your mind.

Your passport, ID, money and important documents, such as plane tickets, should be kept in an easy access pocket inside your bag. If you, or someone you're responsible for, takes medication regularly, put it all in your carry on - not just what they might need for that day or night. You never know if your luggage will get lost, damaged, or take a long time to be processed.

If you leave your electronic devices in your checked bag, they have a higher chance of being damaged or broken. The safest option is to pack them in your carry on in their protective cases. This also applies to anything you're taking on your trip that has sentimental value.

Think comfort

Take things that will keep you comfortable and entertained. A neck pillow, blanket, good book or a few movies, and snacks can have you sung and content in no time.

Pack toiletries and things you can use to freshen up - brushing your teeth and washing your face can make all the difference when you've been on a flight for hours.

When you're packing your toiletries, know that international flights have quantity limits on liquids, aerosols and gels for carry-on luggage. Generally speaking, they have to be in containers of 100ml or less and in a clear bag.

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Posted by Lisa2792Report
Great tip about your medication. Lost my suitcase (for a month) The only reason why I got it back was that I put my name, home address and both overseas and home phone number INSIDE. All external tags had come off (Had 2 and lost both!) so they finally opened my case and found my details. I suggest using a normal bag tag attached to the elastic belt in your case.