Sometimes you will go aboard a big plane with an individual screen just to yourself and then the world will be yours. From games to TV shows and movies, you will be too busy to talk to your travel partner; but alas, not all planes were created equal and there will come a time in which your brain will be under-stimulated. These are some ideas of things you can do to keep yourself entertained. So, welcome to list number 3 of carry on items.
I personally only take my phone and load it with apps so that I have a nice variety. Sometimes I will carry a book with me, and recently I have acquired the habit of keeping a travel journal.
Something to read
A book, a kindle or any other electronic device that supports e-books. I normally just take my phone, which has a couple of apps from which I can read e-books. I also like to buy books from the place I am going to visit or I have recently visited and learn more about it.
Something to write
In some planes they won’t let you use electronic devices during take off and landing, so this is a good timing to take out your sudoku magazine or your travel journal. If you want to reduce the amount of items you are taking with you, you can also download app games in your phone for some variety. (But then, again, you can’t use it during take off and landing. Don’t worry, being social for a few minutes is actually good too :p)
Something to listen to
Download a playlist of songs you like so that you can listen to some music when there is no Wi-Fi.
Something to watch
If you have an electronic device, explore the option of getting a video streaming app, like YouTube or Netflix (you will have to pay for this one) and download some videos, movies or TV shows to watch off line. If you are flying with Aeroflot (Russian company) you will have to download their in-flight app to be able to have access to what you would normally get on an airplane TV because, well, they don’t have screens built up in the seats.
Portable charger and cables
We continue this list of carry on items, with something crucial if we want all our electronics to last. There is nothing more annoying than running out of battery. In some planes, and mostly in business class, you can find a USB port to charge your devices, but for the majority of us, that option does not exist. Bringing a portable charger (and don’t forget the cables!) will make your life much easier.
International plug converter
This is only if you are travelling overseas, and it is not necessary to take it in carry on unless you know you will be spending some time in a layover. They are very useful.
Noise cancelling headphones
This is the ultimate gadget you can carry with you, especially if you travel often. I would recommend you invest in one, especially if that is your case. Small planes not only have uncomfortable seats, but they are also noisier, so it is a relief to be able to muffle most of the sound during your flight. Obviously, you can also connect them to your device and even the plane’s screen so that you don’t have to use their cheap earphones, plus you will be saying NO to single use plastic items. How cool is that!? 😀
So, this is it for my third list of carry on items. Don’t miss out on volume 4, a few more items and then you are all set!