I've learned a lot of lessons in my "carry on packing" days. I used to bring way too many things, and later compensated by not bringing enough. And it was always those trips, where I didn't pack enough to do, where there was a delay or extra long layover.
Back in my pre-blogging days (well really, pre-small things blog), I use to write about how annoying it was to deal with other travelers. I really had a cynical, albeit sarcastically funny attitude about it all. My family used to make me read these posts aloud whenever I would arrive home.
Maybe one day I'll share one of these archived posts from my other blog.
We'll have to see. . .
So, I've tried to narrow down my carry on essentials to the things that I use most frequently on a plane.
I always make sure to bring advil, tums and chocolate. Each serves a very important purpose. I pack an extra hair tie incase the inevitable static electricty takes over mid-flight. Hand cream and chapstick are a must, as well as tissues. My nose has been running since 2005, so I always carry tissues.
Finally, a new beautiful scarf --which was a gift from my client.
What carry on essentials do you pack? I'd love some new ideas!