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The Essential Carry-on Bag Packing List


Need a little help packing light? With SmarterTravel’s new carry-on bag packing list, you can stick to what’s essential for your trip, no matter where you’re headed.

Don’t need an umbrella since you’re headed to Palm Springs? Not bringing contact solution because your vision is 20/20? Customize the list by crossing off items you don’t need and adding any additional items in the “more items” boxes.

You can download the carry-on bag packing list here or click on the image below.

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Liquids should be in containers no larger than 3.4 ounces and fit into a clear, quart-size, zip-top plastic bag. To learn more about TSA rules, see Airport Security Frequently Asked Questions.

Carry-on Essentials

Don't Forget


AirPods offer the ultimate wireless headphone experience and are compatible with your Apple Watch, iPad, iPhone or Mac. These compact headphones are perfect for rushing through an airport, listening to music or tuning into an audiobook while en route to your destination.

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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2010. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.

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