What’s in My Carry On

By Kate Arnold

I’m off everyone! Today I’m leaving for Peru! I love the ‘What’s in My Bag’ tag that’s been going around the internet for years so this is my variation on it. Here’s everything in my carry on that I’m taking to Peru:

  1. Laptop – I don’t usually travel with my laptop but I’ll need it for teaching and since I’m gone for such a long time I’m hoping to get a lot of work done while I’m away and I’ll need it for that.
  2. Phone – no surprise here. I like to send my family messages when I can get free wifi at airports to let them know I’m okay. Plus I’ll have it loaded with music, audiobooks and podcasts to keep me entertained throughout the looong journey.
  3. Headphones – for listening to said music, audiobooks and podcasts
  4. Chargers – my phone battery sucks. Most planes have USB ports that mean I can use my phone through the whole flight if I want and not worry about depleting the battery.
  5. Portable phone charger – again, my phone battery sucks. Not having to worry about my phone dying while I’m alone in a foreign country is a huge weight off my mind.
  6. Documents, records of vaccines, photocopies of passport and birth certificate – even the thought of losing my passport gives me heart palpitations. I want to make sure I have all the documentation I need to get another one if needed.
  7. Boarding pass, flight information and itinerary – pretty standard. I won’t get far without them.
  8. Tavel wallet and passport – Can’t go anywhere without these
  9. Change of clothes – it’s going to take around 30 hours to get from Melbourne to Lima, having a change of clothes will make me feel human are wearing the same thing for more than a day. This is also handy to have incase my luggage gets lost and takes some time to get back to me.
  10. Socks – I always get cold on planes. Always.
  11. 500/S – this is the equivalent of about $200 AUD in the Peruvian Sol. I don’t know where I’ll be able to get money out when I arrive and how many places will take card. Having cash will be handy for getting a taxi to my hostel when I arrive and for getting some food when I get off the plane.
  12. A book and my kindle – I’m undecided on what the physical book will be yet but I like to have something I can read wherever I go.
  13. Toothbrush, toothpaste, moisturiser, etc. – all the toiletries I need to make me feel (and smell) human after travelling for so long.
  14. Malaria tablets – I need to start taking these tablets two days before I leave and everyday while I’m there.
  15. Glasses and sunglasses – need them to see.
  16. Empty drink bottle – I can’t have a full bottle of water when I go through security but I fill it up before I board.

Have I missed something essential that you always take on your carry on? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to check out Laura’s five essential items for her carry on here.

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