I’m a huge “people watcher.” I just can’t get enough. People amaze me with their generosity, their good nature, and their smiles and good humor but mostly, they amaze me with their stupidity! My last international trip was to
I’ve also witnessed the lamentations of the victims, whose bags were lost by the airline. Some of these unfortunate souls managed to pack their car keys, house keys, prescription medication, and other vital essentials in their checked bag. Now that’s not the airline’s fault, is it?
Now, as entertaining as it is for ME, I’d hate for any of you to feel crazy-stupid; So I will present for you now, a list of things to always have on hand in your carry-on:
1) A Book. Good reading material is essential. Magazines work too.
2) Earplugs. You can get a pack of 5 or 6 of the soft foam ones from the hardware store for a dollar. They will save you from the Marketing manager you’re sitting next to spouting all of the buzzwords so loudly. They also minimize the damage done to your inner ear by crying babies.
3) Over the counter meds. I have an old pill bottle in my carry-on that has a handful of Advil, aspirin, decongestant, acid reducer, and some old Vicodin pills leftover from my last visit to the E.R. I also have a couple of Nyquil tablets in there just in case I need a nap the plane.
4) Prescription meds. If you have them and you need them, don’t leave them in the hands of the airline. They’re important.
5) Keys. I know, they’re metal and they give the kids from the TSA a thrill… but like your prescription meds, they won’t work for you if the airline sent them to
6) Important numbers, on paper. Cell phone batteries go out. Laptop batteries go out too. I have a small laminated card in my travel case with home and emergency numbers, passport numbers, frequent traveler numbers, etc.
7) Lip Balm. Changing climates a lot can dry out your skin. Bloody lips make for a poor impression in a meeting.
8) The smallest compressed travel umbrella you can find, because nothing sucks worse than waiting for a cab in the rain.
9) Spare batteries. I travel with several gadgets that need AA or AAA batteries. I have four spares of each.
10) Your name. It seems silly, but if you left your cell phone in a taxi… would someone who found it know who to call? All of my electronic gadgets say “If found, please call…” on the home screen. Other items have my name and number engraved on them somewhere.
That’s it. That’s my essential list. I carry other stuff that’s not so essential, but these are the things I’m most thankful for in a pinch. Your mileage may vary. OH, and if you do put “If found, please call…” on your cell phone’s home screen, be sure to use a number other than your cell! You wouldn’t want a Good Samaritan to be calling themselves when they found your phone, would you? That would make them look stupid!