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Whether you are going on a vacation, a business trip, or visiting family making sure you pack all the essentials can be stressful. Bringing everything you need while following TSA’s rules is enough to make anyone go crazy.  If you check your luggage there is always a chance that your belongings could get lost or even stolen. With this in mind, it’s a smart decision to keep your most necessary items close by in your carry-on. With limited space, it can be hard to decide what items are truly worthy for your carry-on. I’ve gone ahead and took the guesswork out of it and provided you with a list of 5 must-have items.

1. Phone Charger

No matter how great you think your battery life is, bring along your phone charger. Nowadays our phones hold serve much importance, from keeping in contact with out loves to carrying hotel confirmation emails in out inbox. Keeping your charger close by will help ensure that you are fully charged as you travel from point A to point B.

2. An Extra Set of Clothes

Unfortunately, airlines can sometimes lose or misplace luggage. It doesn’t happen too often, but it is best to be prepared and pack a spare change of clothes. Arriving at your hotel with no clothes is not a great way to start your vacation.

In the same vein, accidents always happen. You never know if you are going to spill coffee on yourself or rip your paints. When instances like these occur you’ll be grateful for an a clean set of clothes.

3. Neesscary Toiletries

If you are on a flight that exceeds 8 hours, bring along a toothbrush, toothpaste, and some facial wipes in your carry-on. You’ll be thankful when you can freshen up before your flight arrives at your destination.

4. Noise Canceling Headphones or Earplugs

In order to enjoy your movie uninterrupted or get some needed sleep, headphones or earplugs are vital. They will help block out the chitter chatter of the plane so you can relax with ease.

5. Snacks

The very last thing you should put in your carry-on is a few of your favorite snacks. Snacks bought from the airport can be pricey and in-flight food can sometimes be iffy. Bring along a few of your favorite granola bars, almonds, or easy to pack snacks. I would also recommend bringing a water bottle that you can fill up once you go through security.

BONUS: What not to Pack- A Sweatshirt

With the AC cranked up, there is no doubt that airplane cabins can get chilly. To stay warm and cozy on your trip, you’ll want to bring along a sweatshirt or light jacket. However, DON’T put this in your carry-on. Most airlines don’t count a jacket or sweatshirt as one of your allotted carry-on, so save space and carry them over your arm or tie them around your waist.