How to Pack a Carry-On Bag

Among others, there are two common reasons why people travel. Some people travel for leisure while others for business. Whatever it is that drives you to book a flight and get on an airplane, flying is more convenient when you bring along a carry on that you can just place in the overhead bin or underneath your seat. However, as convenient as it may sound, not all people – even those who constantly travel – know how to pack a carry-on bag. And the sad thing is, this ‘cluelessness’ often results to travel delays.

To avoid rushing to the gate or perhaps, missing the flight because it took you so long to pass through security, check out the step-by-step guide on how to pack a carry-on bag below:

#1 First thing first: Choose the appropriate bag.Pic1

If you are traveling for leisure or vacation, then find a bag with a large body and lots of pockets. The large body will give you more space while the pockets will allow you to place more items separately. Otherwise, if you are traveling for business, then a briefcase type of carry-on bag is more ideal. Most business carry-ons have built-in organizers. They also have compartments for your laptop, mobile phone, wallet, keys, etc.

Pic2#2 List down ALL the things that you NEED to place inside the bag.

Keep in mind that there is a weight limit for carry-ons, just like checked-in baggage. Hence, do not just put the things you WANT to put; instead, consider your NEEDS – the most basic ones. To avoid forgetting the essentials, make a check list of what you need to bring.

According to airsafe.com, the following are the things that you should have in your carry-on bag and NEVER in your checked luggage:

√ Passport and ID’s

√ Cash, credit cards, and traveler’s check

√ Jewelry

√ Prescription medications and medical equipment

√ Mobile phones, laptop, and electronic devices


#3 Protect your gadgets, electronics, and other delicate items.Pic3

iPhones, iPads, iPods, tablets and laptops should be placed in their respective safety covers. Eyeglasses and sunglasses should also be placed in their case or container.

#4 Pack liquids the right way.

The Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) 3-1-1 Liquids Rule can be accessed here.

#5 Place travel documents in an easy-to-access location.

Airport authorities will surely ask for your travel documents more than once. Therefore, you must place these things in a spot where that is easy to access such as side pockets. Moreover, remember that you have to take your laptop off the bag and get it scanned when passing through security. Hence, better place it at the topmost part of the carry-on bag so that it will not take you long to get it out.

TIP: Not all airlines have the same baggage allowance. This is true for both domestic and international flight. Thus, know the airline you are flying with and visit their website. It is better to be safe and prepared than to leave things at the airport because of excess baggage.

Check out this 5-minute video that summarizes the article above.

– Happy Globetrotting