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    32 Essentials Our Readers Always Pack In Their Carry-On Bag

    From wipes, to underwear, to blankets, you'll be the Mary Poppins of traveling thanks to our readers.

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    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the items they ALWAYS pack in their carry-on bags. Here are their smart recommendations:

    1. An extra pair (or two) of underwear, because you never know what's going to happen with your flight/luggage, and you don't want to be caught with your pants down., American Eagle

    "I always pack underwear because you never know if your luggage is making the journey with you. I can handle wearing the same shirt for a day or two, but clean underwear is a must." —christyb496afeb37

    "I've had my bags not arrive in the same place as me too many times to not put a couple changes of underwear in my carry-on. Nothing is worse than not having clean underwear." —katleo25

    Get the briefs (left) from Aerie for $3.99 or a similar five-pack of cotton briefs from Amazon for $17.99, and get the boxers (right) from American Eagle for $15.95 or a similar five-pack of boxer briefs from Amazon for $13.99.

    2. A portable charger for when there are no outlets around or available and your phone is dying.

    "At least one portable charger, if not two. You probably don't know how horrifying it is to be stuck in an airport with no charger or outlets in sight and with an empty phone battery. It's a huge necessity." —lizardlilac

    Jakery's Bolt lets you charge two devices at once and also has built-in lightening cables so it charges fast. It fully charges iPhones 6/7/8 two times within 1.5 hours and iPhone 6 Plus/7 Plus/8 Plus up to one and a half times within two hours.

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99 (available in black or orange) or a similar style from Walmart for $28.82 or Jet for $21.77.

    3. A pair of headphones to ~cancel~ all the noise around you so you can exist in your own world.

    "Noise cancelling headphones to block everything out. If I have to be trapped in economy, at least I don’t have to hear anything." —juliea40afd7873

    "Headphones to block out as much sound as possible. People on planes are annoying af." —luciel4ae3525ad

    These AKG Headphones reduce ambient noise, especially when traveling, have a 30 hour battery life, and fold up to fit in a convenient storage bag.

    Get them from Amazon for $168.98.

    Or try the best wireless headphones at three different price points from BuzzFeed Reviews.

    4. A pair of compression socks to tackle the change in air pressure like a true boss.

    "My compression socks because you never realize how much your feet swell during flights until you forget to bring them one time." —randilynnm2

    "Compression socks! I used to get super puffy ankles and feet when I would fly. My compression socks stopped that so I can actually walk and enjoy my day after I fly the friendly skies." —Alaina Young, Facebook

    Get the ones above from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in sizes Small/Medium and Large/X-Large and four colors) or a similar style from Walmart for $8.97 or Jet for $11.99 (available in sizes medium and large).

    Or check out our full review of a great pair of compression socks here.

    5. A headphone splitter so you and your love (or seatmate) can enjoy the same music, podcast, or movie during your flight.

    "I always take an earphone split, so I can share my podcasts with bae! =)" —marinam4868233e1

    Get the one above from Amazon for $6.90 or one for an iPhone 7, 8, or X from Amazon for $33.95.

    6. A travel toothbrush that doesn't even require water because everyone hates the feeling of grimy teeth.

    "Those mini waterless toothbrushes. There's nothing worse than arriving at your destination feeling gross." —Emma Shouse, Facebook

    "The number of times I’ve had to buy a new one because my bag didn’t make a connecting flight is ridiculous. It’s the only thing you absolutely need until they deliver your bag." —kerrys4fb43ecc3

    Get the above from Amazon for $16.68.

    7. A Kindle so you can fit hours of entertainment and hundreds (or thousands) of pages of books in your bag without it weighing 300 pounds.

    "I make sure there are plenty of 'must read' books on it before I leave." —calculusthief

    Get the Kindle Paperwhite from Amazon for $119.99.

    Check out some books you can read on Kindle Unlimited to get you started.

    8. Or earplugs specifically designed to relieve pressure from the altitude changes during take off and landing.

    "I always have EarPlanes because my ears are extremely sensitive to pressure changes." —sk8rtoon

    These are tested by U.S, Navy pilots and approved by airline attendants. They're disposable and are not recommended to be used during more than two flights.

    Get them from Amazon for $6.25.

    9. A surge protector to ensure all your devices are always at 100% when it's like the Hunger Games finding an open outlet in the airport.

    "A multi plug extension cord! I can plug in three devices to my extension cord and charge while waiting for my flight. The extension cord has been a lifesaver when traveling with friends when there’s only one plug available in the gate area!" —caitling48421822c

    This surge protector has three outlets, plus two USB ports to charge all your devices at once. It's also compact, so it's easy to travel with.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    10. A pack of baby wipes, because they can be used for way more than wiping babies bottoms and are soft on your skin.

    "Because everything is gross to touch, it’s annoying to get up in flight and wash your hands, and also because they’re inexpensive and refreshing." —amandaj41c1eea46

    "I always take baby wipes on long internationals flights. Being able to go to the bathroom and clean my face and neck makes those long hours easier. It's a small refreshing feeling." —icykiwis

    These wipes pictured above are great because they're unscented, jumbo size, and come in a convenient travel pack.

    Get them from Walmart for $.98.

    11. Some Mario Badescu facial spray to keep your skin refreshed and hydrated, because the air on the plane is the worst. / Via Mario Badescu Skin Care


    Mario Badescu Skin Care has a cult-like following for their facial sprays. The rosewater is great for travel because it revives dehydrated skin and gives it an instant pick-me-up. The Green Tea is great to wake up tired skin, and the Lavender calms and refreshes skin. All three work together to keep your skin looking and feeling great while traveling.

    Get the travel set of three from Amazon for $21 or individually from Ulta for $5 each (Rosewater, Green Tea, and Lavender).

    12. Facial pads so your skin is flawless when you get to your destination.

    The First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads work on all skin types and contain lactic and glycolic acid to exfoliate, brighten, and tone your skin.

    "First Aid Beauty’s facial radiance pads to exfoliate my skin but also hydrate it!" —shayk46055a353

    Get them from Sephora for $30 or Ulta for $30.

    13. A travel size lotion to keep your hands (and arms and legs) moisturized at all times. / Via Aveeno

    "Lotion is perfect for when the altitude makes your skin dry, and it also masks the smell of the gross airplane." —gabik45d06dc4f

    "I have awful dry skin, and my hands start to feel like they’re covered in sand if I don’t put lotion on like once an hour. It SUCKS." —runner1399

    Aveeno lotion is a favorite because it contains a soothing oatmeal formula to make your skin feel extra soft. It's gentle, but it gets the job done.

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $5.68.

    14. Some VapoRub for getting rid of any strange smells that might be happening around you.

    "I like to pack Vick’s VapoRub in case I sit next to a smelly situation or someone has gross smelling food. You just dab a little under your nose and problem solved."—kvalessi

    Get it from Amazon for $4.62.

    15. A face mask to not only hydrate you skin but also to make sure the passengers around you don't talk to you. / Via Dr.Jart

    "I always bring a Dr.Jart Hydration Mask with me for the night after the airplane. My skin looks good as new, even after two 12-hour flights!" —emmadavis

    "If it’s a long flight (over eight hours), I pack a sheet mask to help fight uncomfortable dry skin." —comicbooksandtiaras

    Get the Dr. Jart mask above from Sephora for $6 or a similar one from Walmart for $2.50.

    16. A PillowPet...yes, you heard that right. It's a pillow and a pet, but it also makes sleeping anywhere so comfy.

    "When I studied abroad in Europe, I traveled all over and my PillowPet was my saving grace. As childish as it may seem to own one, it got me through a lot of nights spent sleeping on a plane or train. I could clip it to my back pack or stuff it in without taking much room. It was also great to have in the hostels where you only got one flimsy pillow." —maddsb

    Get it from Amazon for $19.75 (also available in a lady bug).

    17. A travel-size Vaseline, because chapped lips are the absolute WORST. / Via Vaseline

    "A mini Vaseline jar, because planes get so dry, so it’s nice to have something concentrated you can use on your face, hands, etc." —emilya4c6db04f2

    Get it in Rosy Lips from Walmart for $1.77 (also available in Cocoa Butter) or from Jet for $4.60.

    18. A travel size Downy Wrinkle Release Spray to help your clothes to look more put together, which means you'll feel more put together.

    "It will save your life and your OOTDs while traveling. No more worrying about pulling out a cute top and it being full of wrinkles or paying for hotel laundry service. It will change the way you pack and ease your mind your whole trip. Make sure to wrap it in a few ziploc bags though, you don’t want it to leak! (You can buy it in the travel-size section of most stores). —haleymorgannn

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $8.97.

    19. A reusable water bottle so you don't have to spend $5 on a bottle of water once you get through security. (Been there, it sucks.)

    "I’ll pack it empty (duh) and fill it up before I board the flight. On longer/international flights, I’ll swing by where the flight attendants hang out and ask them if they can fill it up. I never walk off a flight feeling dehydrated." —hannahkathleenm

    "Planes dry you out like crazy, so I’m always chugging water when I fly." —ginat6

    YETI water bottles are a favorite because they keep drinks cold for extended periods of time, they're BPA-free, have a no sweat design, and can be put in the dishwasher.

    Get one from Amazon for $29.99 (available in 11 colors).

    20. Body wipes for long flights, because somehow you always feel like you haven't bathed for weeks after getting off a plane.

    "I pack coconut body wipes if I know I’m gonna feel gross at the end of a long haul, or in between flights. I’ll head to the bathroom, find a large enough stall where I can strip down and wipe these all over. Not only do I feel cleaner and refreshed, but the coconut water helps combat the dryness we all suffer from after a long flight." —bessg3

    Yes to Coconut wipes are great because the coconut water and kukui nut extract work together to really hydrate your skin and also remove makeup easily.

    Get it from Target for $4.29.

    21. A selection of tampons and pads, since sometimes mother nature has a plan of her own, vacation be dammed. / Via U By Kotex

    "I always pack pads and tampons because, sure enough, the ONE time I forget them will be the ONE time my period decides to say 'surprise, bitch!'” —writergirl1029

    U by Kotex products are a great because they're sleek and compact and can be easily taken with you anywhere.

    Get panty liners from Amazon for $5.20.

    22. A swimsuit if you're heading to a warm destination with a beach or a pool, so you don't have to waste any time if your room isn't ready upon arrival.

    "I always add a swimsuit and change of clothes! I’ve gotten to hotels too many times when my room isn’t ready, so that way i don’t have to dig through my suitcase to get my suit out, and I can kill some time while they’re still cleaning." —biancac43

    This one-piece pictured above is simple but versatile, and is small enough to fit in your bag.

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in sizes small-XXL and four colors).

    23. Disinfecting wipes to wipe down your seat, the tray, and anywhere else you touch to avoid that plague that comes after flying.

    "Sanitizing wipes to wipe down the arm rests, TV screen, tray table, seat belt, window, everything. Ever since doing this on my flights, I've never gotten sick from a plane." —lnhartwell

    Lysol wipes are great because they disinfect and kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria that can get you sick.

    Get them from Amazon for $6.28.

    24. A blanket scarf, because somehow planes are always -20 degrees, no matter what time of year you fly.

    "I always bring a big scarf. I can roll it up and use it as a neck pillow, wrap it around my shoulders as a shawl, lay it on me like a blanket, roll it and slide it down my back for lumbar support. I can’t travel without one!" —kbo525

    This Anboor blanket scarf is super soft and large enough to wrap around you like a blanket, but it's also lightweight enough to use as scarf.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 11 colors).

    25. Or an actual blanket if you're done pretending a scarf is enough and also realize the ones they give you are crap.

    "Not many people think of this, but just carry a blanket??! Who knows how many people those gross airplane blankets touch, even if they’ve been rewashed! For extra homeyness, carry the same blanket you use at home, and carry the same blanket every time you fly. It’ll be something that reminds you of home if you ever get homesick, plus it’s practical." —igryffinfish

    This travel blanket zips into a case that then doubles as a pillow and is easy to carry.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in blue or grey).

    26. Urban Decay All Nighter Spray to combat oil and make you feel more put together.

    "I have oily skin, but a quick blot and spray makes me feel put together after travel." —ajonesd16

    Get it from Sephora for $15 or Ulta for $15.

    27. A pack of hair ties, because there's nothing worse than wanting to put your hair up and then realizing you don't have an elastic.

    "I have super thick hair that constantly makes hair bands break, and I can't stand having my hair down for a long time. Plus, you can be a lifesaver to any thick-haired gals around you, too." —hereigoagain

    These hair ties are a favorite because they're soft and won't leave creases in your hair.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.96.

    28. Twizzlers to snack on during the tip or chew if you don't like gum during take off and landing. / Via Twizzlers

    "Twizzlers are great for helping keep your ears open and they're also a good snack!" —lilak40057739d

    Get them from Walmart for $3.74 or Jet for $23.50 for a pack of 15.

    29. A pair of slippers so you can ~slip~ into something a little more comfortable once you take off.

    "I always have a cozy pair of slippers in my carry-on, especially for long or overnight flights." —samanthar4a383b0f7

    "Disposable slippers. Change into these with cozy socks when you board and toss ‘em after the flight."—suec4cde4f6c5

    These slippers have a plush fleece lining and a cotton upper to keep your feet warm but not too warm during the flight.

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes 7-8, 8.5-9, 9.5-10.5 and in five colors).

    Or try a pack of disposable slippers from Amazon for $18 (available in two sizes).

    30. Vitamin C for helping fight off any stray germs that try to get to you.

    "Vitamin C packets or the chewable tablets and gummies (if you aren’t into the fizzy water). Stay away, GERMS!" —emilyo484dd8d15

    Get the packets from Amazon for $16.12+ (available in Raspberry, Super Orange, and Tangerine).

    31. A sweater to keep you warm and cozy the whole time.

    "I always pack a sweater because, I don't know why, but the people on the plane next me to always feel the need to put the air on full blast and point it right. at. me." —beyondskindeep1

    This sweater is made of a chunky knit fabric and is stretchy, but also soft and cozy and won't pill. Get it from Amazon for $25.95+ (available in sizes small-XXL and in 10 colors).

    32. Pain medication in case you (or your neighbor) get hit with a bad headache.


    Advil is a classic choice because it reduces fever and minor aches and pains and can be taken anywhere. Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    Now the hardest part: PACKING.

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