Even on short flights, realizing you have forgotten the one thing you meant to pack can be a frustrating experience. At Park Me Fly, we’re dedicated to making your travel experience as stress-free as possible, and that starts before you even reach our secure parking lot! In today’s blog, we’ve put together a checklist of carry-on essentials you’ll want to have on hand for every flight, whether you’re flying across the state or across the world. Read on to get ready for your next trip, and don’t forget to reserve your spot at our Orlando park-and-fly location!

1. Wallet and ID

This may seem obvious, but you’ll want to pack your wallet and ID, and you’ll want to make sure they’re easily accessible. You will need your ID to get through security and onto the plane. You probably won’t need your wallet at the airport for any short flights, but we won’t judge you for giving into your cravings and grabbing an overpriced snack or ordering an in-flight drink.

2. Headphones, Earbuds, and/or Earplugs

If you haven’t been there, you’ve heard about it from other people: the nightmare flight where you find yourself stuck at 10,000 feet with a screaming baby. Noise-cancelling headphones or earplugs are a must-have for any traveler. If you are lucky enough to find yourself on a quiet flight, you’ll likely still want to have a set of earbuds on hand so you can listen to music or watch a movie without disturbing the people around you.

3. Water Bottle

You may not be able to bring more than 3 ounces of liquid through security, but airplanes are notoriously dehydrating and the drinks are not as budget-friendly as we would like them to be. Stay hydrated by bringing a reusable water bottle with you! You can leave it empty for the security screening and then fill it up at a water fountain. Many airports these days even have specially designed water fountains with a slot where you can place your water bottle and fill it from the top. Just make sure it’s leak proof, or you may find the other items on this list are a little soggy by the time you land!

4. Hand Sanitizer or Wipes

Airports are full of germs — it’s simply a fact. We probably have gotten sick while traveling or known someone who has, so why not take some preventative steps and carry hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes? Wipes in particular are a good choice if you’re running out of room in your designated liquids bag, and once you’re on the plane, you can use them to wipe down the tray table, arm rest, and anything else you may touch to ensure they are as clean as you’d like.

5. Small Toiletries

We recommend bringing little things like chapstick, lotion, and a small pack of tissues with you on every flight. Even if you are checking a bag, you should make sure you have all the essentials with you, including toothpaste, your contact case and solution or your prescription glasses, and so on. Having them in your carry-on can give you a chance to freshen up between connecting flights or before meeting friends or family, and you’ll be glad you have them if something happens to your checked bag!

6. Medication

You should always, always bring important medications with you in a carry-on. As we discussed in our last blog, checked baggage seems to get lost or delayed more often than we’d all like, which is why that suitcase is the worse possible place to put anything you may need. Prescription medication and any medical equipment you need should go into your carry-on, but you may also want to include less urgent medications like ibuprofen just in case. Remember, medically necessary liquids, gels, and other liquid-like materials are exempt from the 3.4-ounce restriction, and any medical devices or supplies you utilize are allowed through security, although you should declare these items and clearly identify them at the TSA checkpoint.

7. Entertainment

Even if you’re only on a 30-minute puddle-jumper flight, you’ll likely want something to do aside from staring out the window or trying to nap in your less-than-comfortable airplane seat. If you’re looking for entertainment ideas, we have a few, including:

  • Music
  • A book — hard copy, electronic, or audiobook
  • Downloaded games
  • Downloaded movies or TV episodes
  • Podcasts
  • Magazines
  • Puzzles like crosswords, word searches, or sudoku

Electronics like your smartphone or a tablet can make it easy to carry many options with you. The only catch? You have to remember to download whatever media you plan to use on your trip beforehand!

8. Chargers for Electronics

Last but not least, make sure any electronics you pack are usable by including the necessary charging cords in your bag. Portable charging blocks are a great option if you have one, but most airports – and some airplanes – are also equipped to handle the everyday charger you typically plug into the nearest wall outlet. These days, most charging blocks can provide power for any cord ending in a USB, so you may only need to bring one.

When it comes to cords, however, make sure you have one for every item you’re bringing. You can likely reserve one cord for several devices, but if you are carrying both Apple and Samsung products, for example, you’ll need one for each. You can bundle them all together in a small bag or with a rubber band to make them easier to handle.

Ready to Fly? Reserve Your Airport Parking Today

We hope this checklist helps make packing – and flying – easier. If you want to streamline your trip even further, save yourself from the stress of airport parking and reserve a spot with Park Me Fly. Our secure lots are continuously monitored and have options for both valet and self-parking. We even offer car detailing services while you’re away! Book your airport parking today, and enjoy peace of mind for your next trip.