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Bring all the things or forget the one thing you really needed. This is how it used to happen every time I tried to pack the perfect carryon. I’ve flown enough over the last four years that I think I have figured out all of my normal must-haves plus some tips that make flights a bit easier and definitely less stressful. There are certain things I bring on every flight (long or short) and a certain way I like to pack it to ensure I’m not digging in my bag while elbowing the passengers next to me trying to find something.

What to Pack in Your Under-Seat Carryon for a Stress-Free Flight

A lot of times I try to pack everything in a carryon. So I’ll have 2. One that goes in the overhead bin, and one that goes under the seat. There are some things that I’d pack in my overhead bag that are definitely “must haves” to pack in a carryon just not necessarily in my under-seat carryon. This list is all the things that would go in my under-seat carryon to prevent having to get into the overhead bin during the flight.

  • Stress Relief – however, this looks for you, stress relief is important on a flight for sure. I’ve recently been trying Stressballs Day or Stressballs Night from Walmart. (Click the image below to shop!) You can find them in store in the supplement/Vitamin aisle.

Stressballs are a new naturally flavored gummy herbal supplement product rooted in stress management. Stressballs helps keep stress levels in balance all day and all night by providing natural remedies in a drug-free, habit-free naturally flavored herbal blend. They have natural ingredients like ashwagandha, lemon balm, valerian root, lavender, ginseng, and melatonin. I really like them and how they have both a day and night formula.

The Stressballs Day helps keep me focused and centered while the Night helps my brain and body know it’s time to sleep (without the next day grogginess).

  • Pain Meds, Decongestant, and Anti-Nausea or Antidiarrheal meds (just in case!)
  • Things to Take a Quick Nap – even on short flights I’ve learned to pack an eye mask, earplugs or noise-canceling headphones, and a good travel pillow. Sometimes when traveling you just NEED a little nap and even though I’m not a great sleeper on planes, I do have times when my body just needs a little rest. Bringing items that make that easier and more comfortable definitely helps keep the stress levels down.
  • Book or E-reader – whether I plan on working during the flight or not, I always pack something to read.
  • Notepad and Pen – important for jotting down ideas, information, or just to have on hand because you never know when you might need a paper and pen.
  • Portable Charger and Cords
  • Disinfectant Surface and Hand Wipes – I’m actually not much of a germaphobe but I do take steps to try to prevent myself from getting sick when traveling.
  • Hair Ties and Pins
  • Tissues
  • Eyedrops
  • Lip Balm
  • Hand Lotion
  • Water Bottle
  • Snacks
  • Gum
  • Laptop
  • Sweater
  • Contacts, Glasses, and RX Sunglasses
  • Business Cards
What to Pack in Your Under-Seat Carryon for a Stress-Free Flight

How to Pack Your Under-Seat Carryon for a Stress-Free Flight

In addition to packing certain things, there is a way I like to pack my under-seat carryon. The main thing that makes a difference in how I pack is to pack everything I’m pretty sure I’ll use during the flight in a small zipper bag and I take it out (along with a book) as soon as I sit down and put it in the seat back. This way you don’t have to try and get your bag out from underneath and you have a place to store your phone or other small things without them falling in the seat back pocket.

Whether you’re flying soon or not, definitely check out Stressballs Day and/or Night at Walmart. I love this new addition to my daily routine and if you’ve been looking for something to help you stress less and live more, give these a try!

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Allison Waken is the founder, writer, photographer, and content creator of All for the Memories and All for the Boys.

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