In the rush of preparing for a holiday, it can sometimes be easy to forget to pack the essentials into your carry-on bag. Here are the top 5 things to make sure are handy when you fly.
- Medication and Medical Supplies
The most important item you can bring on board with you would be any medication you’ll need for the duration of your trip. Packing a day or two’s worth of extra medical supplies that you use on a daily basis in your carry-on is a safe bet in case your luggage goes missing or if your trip is extended beyond your control. For the same reason, it’s probably a good idea to pack meds for a few extra days.
- Chair Charger
Bringing this on board with you could save you extra hassle if your luggage happens to go missing. An exciting trip full of fun plans could turn into a headache with you trying to find an alternative charger in a different city or country.
If you have a separate case for the charger that would be even better than packing it in your carry-on. Sometimes, if you ask, the flight attendants might be willing to place it in a separate closet at the front of the plane.
- Converter and adapters
These go hand in hand with the wheelchair charger and are necessary if you’re traveling to a country that uses different electrical sockets and voltage.
- Any parts that can be easily removed from wheelchair
This will likely save you a trip to the luggage claims office for damage done to your chair after all the handling it went through. I recommend removing the following: armrests, foot pedals, headrest, joystick, and seat cushion.
If you use a lift or a hoist to transfer, then packing a sling in your carry-on is a good plan if you arranged to rent a lift, brought your own, or if the hotel is fortunate enough to have one in the room.
Extra tip: Anything that will make you comfortable for the flight
This could be anything from your seat cushion or a neck pillow to gadgets that will keep you occupied for the duration of the flight, such as your laptop or tablet, or maybe a book.
These are the items that I typically pack in my carry-on. If you bring items other than the ones listed above, please leave a comment and share what they may be.