The Ultimate International Flight Carry On Packing List You Need In 2022


Feb 05
international flight carry on packing list

Days before you travel, especially if it’s overseas, there’s usually a lot to consider and to think about that many times, we forget to bring some things that we need to make the trip comfortable or successful even. One of the most important things to prepare before the trip is our bag, this is more important if you’re planning to just have carry-on luggage

It would be always a great idea to make a thorough international flight carry on packing list before your trip. This will help you get ready and have peace of mind when you get to the airport and head to your destination. You can make the most of your trip when you’re doing it with peace of mind.


Below, I listed some of the must-haves most travelers make sure they have in their carry on when they travel.

NOTE: Make sure to ask your airline about what things you can carry on the plane as regulation may change without prior notice on their website. 

Important Documents and Finances

travel passport
  • Passports
  • Flight ticket itinerary
  • Hotel reservation itinerary
  • ID cards
  • Wallet and credit cards
  • Photocopies of all your important documents 

Clothing and sleeping

women clothes
  • Change of clothes - Know the art of layering to be able to save space in your bag
  • Lightweight blanket - If you are going to have a long-haul trip, then having a blanket you can easily take out of your bag
  • Travel pillow - If you want extra comfort in your trip, then bringing a travel pillow would be a smart idea, one of the best types is the inflatable one that you can easily put away if not in use
  • Extra socks
  • Swimsuits
  • Sleeping clothes
  • Underwear

Health & Hygiene

  • Allergy Pills 
  • Antacid/Laxatives
  • Aspirin/Pain Relievers
  • Hair ties and bobby pins
  • Dental Floss
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine Hygiene
  • First Aid Kit
tooth brushes


  • A couple of small lightweight books
  • Travel journal and pen
  • Books and magazines
  • Deck of cards and travel games
  • Headphones and audio player


Tips for Packing Your Carry On

Now you have an international flight carry-on packing list, let us now talk about some tips on how you can pack your carry-on bag properly. Here are some packing tips you may want to follow:

luggage packing

1. Try not to wear more than two pieces of clothing.

Most of the time, people tend to overpack and the main reason for this is that they put too many clothes in. They put clothes for “just in case” situations. You think, what if there’s a formal party I would need to attend to, so you brought a couple of long dresses. Well, guess what… you probably won’t need them! Just bring clothes according to your plans! If you’re going to the beach, then just bring swimsuits and some lightweight clothing – usually, a couple of sets is enough!

2. Pre- plan what you’re going to wear.

woman travel

How many days are you planning to travel? Have a vision what you are going to wear each day. From the top to the bottom and the shoes, plan what you’re going to wear. Don’t be afraid to wear some pieces of clothing multiple times or at least plan to do some laundry along the way, especially if you’re traveling long term. Knowing the weather in your destinations will also help you determine the type of clothes you should pack. If you’re going during summer, then there’s no point of packing some heavyweight jackets.

3. Pack essential toiletry and cosmetic items only.

toiletries bag

It’s so easy to get carried away when packing. But you have to keep in mind that unnecessary items can consume a lot of space in your bag. Of course, you need your toothpaste, toothbrush, maybe shampoo and soap, but do you really need your complete set of makeup or shaving tools? Just pack enough, of it’s something you can buy as disposable from where you’re going, then just go for those options. 

Another thing, if you care so much about your hair, well, you don’t always have to bring your hair dryer or straightening iron – if possible, request for the hotel you’re staying in to have them ready for you. If they can’t provide you with a flat iron or the curling iron you need, then bring only one of them. Just don’t bring your own hairdryer. Aside from the fact that most hotels surely provide them to the guests, they might probably not compatible with your country of destination as they have different watts requirements. 

4. Organize them properly.

packing cubes

Sometimes, a bag inside a bag will do the magic. Heard of packing cubes before? Well, they have been a game changer for me, so they might probably for you too. Try them! Have a separate bag for your tops, bottoms, underwear, and have a spare for your dirty clothes. You should, of course, do the same with other items that belong to different categories. For example, have a separate bag for your hygiene and health needs. Have a toiletry bag and first aid kit.

5. Get travel insurance!

Okay, this may come up as a totally random tip, but this is very important. But despite this fact, many people still overlook this thing. Packing "light" doesn’t mean you’re only packing luggage. You don’t want to with your stress as baggage. You would like to have that peace of mind knowing you’re protected. Traveling and experiencing some of the worst things a traveler may experience could really give you a real nightmare. Imagine getting sick or having an accident and having to pay a high bill at the hospital. Wouldn’t that be a killjoy? If ever your trip gets canceled, your airline would not probably compensate you for the time of delay. Getting travel insurance may just solve these worries for you.


So, there are all my tips for you! I hope my international flight carries on packing list suggestions and packing tips have been helpful for you! Of course, the list and the tips may vary depending on a person’s needs and specific preference, but I still tried to be a general as possible on my suggestions.

That being said, please do let me know if you think there are other items or tips that I should include in this article to make it even helpful! On the other hand, if you have other questions regarding this topic, then also let me know by leaving a comment below! If you find this article helpful, make sure to share this article with your friends by sharing this post on your social media and tagging them. Have a safe and fun trip!

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About the Author

Hi, I’m Alice Ross, a long-term traveler who left the corporate world to travel the world. I chose to live life on my own phase and live day by day while immersing myself in new experiences, new knowledge, and new people in a different walk of life I met along the way.

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