11 Things to Pack in Your Carry-On Every Time You Travel

Ask any frequent flyer what to pack in a carry-on, and they'll deliver a concise and carefully crafted list of the items they can't fly without. While it might seem trivial to a first-time traveler, those who log more miles in the air than on the ground know that a well-curated bag can make a huge difference midair: It can help you fall asleep with ease, tune out cabin noise, protect your health, minimize jet lag, and turn a grueling long-haul flight into a pleasant (if not enjoyable) trip. Curious to know what items belong in the ultimate carry-on, we turned to seasoned travelers and mined forums to find the top-rated products that belong in your bag. Toss your old packing list—frequent flyers won't board a plane without these 11 must-haves.


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This article was originally published in 2017 and updated in 2018.