Things to pack in your carry-on
Whether you're going away for a weekend or a year, there are some things that should always be in that bag.
It's the day you've been waiting for for weeks. Your bags are packed, you're out of the door and on the way to the airport. You've got your carry-on on your lap and someone talking at you from beside you. But you're not taking in a word they're saying, not really.
Instead you're thinking about that flight you'll be catching in the next couple of hours. You're mentally planning all of the cool things you're going to do, all of the amazing sights you'll get to see.
You get to the airport, and look for your check-in desk. Take a walk and join the back of the queue. There's a few people in front of you, but that's okay. It's a while before you fly, so there's no rush.
Before you know it there's someone waving you over to their desk. You wheel your case over, give her a smile and open your carry-on.
Oh no. It's not there. You frantically look in every little crevice, but no joy. You've come to the airport without your passport. Not good.
Nobody wants to be that person, and yet many of us have made it to the final hurdle and realise we've left something at home. Creating a list and checking it's all in there before you go is an excellent way of making sure this never happens again.
Passport and relevant travel docs (visa, insurance etc): there's no way you're getting on that plane without a passport. I'd recommend buying one of those travel wallets (mine cost less than £10) and keeping all the important bits in there.
Phone: these days, a phone is a map, a camera, a phone, and a whole host of other things. Make sure you put it somewhere safe.
Sunglasses: going somewhere sunny. Maybe driving a car? Don't forget to put these somewhere they're not going to get broken.
Power bank: great for charging phones, Fitbits, even camera batteries. This was a life-changer during my time in Canada. Keeps you connected to the world and lets you explore for longer.
Camera: phones are cool for taking photos, but there's nothing quite as satisfying as the click of a shutter. Make sure you immortalise them memories. Take your camera with you.
Notebook: whether it's directions, people's contact details or something else, a notebook definitely works better than any napkin would.
Water bottle: saves you time, money and headaches. Just make sure the water is safe to drink wherever you're going.
Spare underwear: you want to feel fresh when you arrive at your destination. Plus, if your case is delayed for whatever reason, at least you can sort yourself out, even it is just a little bit.
Snacks: I don't know about you, but I'm not a fan of in-flight meals most of the time. Also, it can take a while for you to get checked in and ready to explore once you've arrived. Packing a few snacks can stave off the hunger until you've settled in.
Jumper/sweatshirt: flying can get cold and/or uncomfortable. A jumper can provide that little bit of comfort.
Travelling is an exciting time for everyone. It's something you spend weeks or months preparing for. Don't ruin it for yourself. Make a list of things you want to pack, and check it's all in the bag before you leave for the airport.