1: Contact lenses/glasses – I wear contact lenses every day and without them I’d be lost! I also always take my glasses with me wherever I go to just in case. So, these never go in the hold luggage because it would be difficult to replace and without them I’d be really stuck!
2: Expensive electronics – my phone and iPad always come with me in the cabin as well as my Mac and DSLR camera if I’m taking them. I would hate to lose any of those things because of the personal items and them (and the cost!).
3: Wrap – this may seem a little out there but I always travel with a wrap. Often we fly from a cold place to a hot place or vice versa so I don’t want to wear a heavy coat but I do want to keep warm so the wrap is usually a good alternative. In addition, on board it can be used to keep my warm (worn or as a blanket) because sometimes the air conditioning can be a little too much. Or it can be used as a pillow folded up.
4: Important documents and money – passports, travel vouchers, tickets or itineraries. These all go in my hand luggage to keep them safe! Aside from your passport probably the most important thing and you need a variety of ways to pay. Onboard BA now, they don’t take cash so you need a card or one of their loyalty cards to pay with Avios. So a combination of cash (in home and away currency) and debit/credit cards is something I always take!
5: A protein bar – this is a fairly new one for me but sometimes air travel can be tiring and at such weird times that you may miss a meal or two. I like the Graze protein bars and when I need something quick and filling they are perfect and will keep my sensitive stomach happy.
So, these are my top 5 things that I always pack. Let me know yours in the comments below!