With winter weather in full force, it’s without a doubt that for those traveling this season, they will most likely encounter delayed or canceled flights — and with that comes separation of you and your luggage, nights spent in airports and extra spare time on your hands. Don’t worry. We’ve created the perfect guide of what to pack in your carry-on bag in the event your flight travels go awry.
It may seem like common sense, but the following items are some of the most important to carry on you in the event of a flight delay or cancellation.
Passport/Identification: Crucial if you want to have a cocktail in the airport or book a hotel.
Cash: For if you need to use a vending machine or come across a cash-only vendor.
Credit card: For meals and entertainment.
Packing the following toiletries in your carry-on bag is always a safe bet because you never know where you’ll spend the night if your flight gets canceled — and more than likely you won’t have access to your luggage.
Cosmetics: In case you need to touch up your makeup the next day.
Hair accessories: A brush or curling iron.
Medication: Including aspirin in case you get a headache.
Body wipes: To substitute as a shower.
However, make sure if your toiletries include liquids, they fit in a 3.4 ounce (100ml) container size for a security measure, as noted by Transportation Security Administration.
Below is a list of sleeping essentials and comfort items we recommend packing in your carry-on to ensure a more enjoyable stay if you are stuck spending the night in the airport.
Change of clothes: In case of a spill.
Earplugs: To avoid hearing the PA system all night.
Inflatable pillow: It takes up much less room in your carry-on than a regular pillow.
Blanket/jacket/sweater: To keep warm and cozy while you wait on another flight.
Food and drinks in airports can be pricey, and because it’s hard to predict a flight delay or cancellation, it’s safe to pack a few non-perishable snacks to avoid spending extra cash while waiting for your flight. Foods that are easy and compact to pack include the following.
Protein or granola bars
Empty water bottle: You can fill it up at the airport water fountain.
Last, but certainly not least, are electronics. They’re multifunctional as they not only make it more convenient to look up flight times and make new travel arrangements if yours have not gone according to plan, but some of the following items also serve as entertainment to help make time pass more quickly. Don’t forget to pack the chargers!
Computer: In case you need to work while traveling.
Noise-canceling headphones: Especially if you want to cram in a nap at the airport.
Tablet: You can download TV shows, movies, or books to read.
Phone: In case you need to notify someone of your delay or cancellation.