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8 Essential Business Travel Carry-Ons For Your Next Flight

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Flying is a necessary part of getting from one place to another, particularly when it comes to business travel. What you pack in your carry-on can make a huge difference in your comfort, especially when you need to look good and be comfortable at the same time. Here are 8 items you need to carry on to guarantee a smooth trip.

Business Travel Tips For What To Put In Your Carry-On:

  1. Cell phone battery case

    Having a built-in battery ready and charged is a blessing no matter where you go. The trouble is that battery cases are often bulky. We like the Morphie, which you can find on sale from time to time on SlickDeals. While others might recommend a portable charger, that also means having your charging cables handy too and that can result in a tangled mess by the end of the flight. Plus, if you’re on the aisle and your row buddies need to get out, that’s more cables for everyone to have to avoid.

  2. Headphones

    This is an obvious one, but one we have to mention because headphones can be the make the difference between listening to the gabbing women behind you and escaping into House of Cards or Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

  3. Netflix

    If you have a trip coming up, try saving up on Netflix. Several popular shows are now available for free on Netflix for you to download in every genre, from rom-com to documentary. Just be sure to make space on your device for an entire season of Stranger Things or even the two seasons of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Check out the top shows to download from Tech Junkie.

  4. Audiobook

    Being on a plane can be the best time to read, especially if you have backlog of reading to do on your Kindle. However, we’ve found that reading can be a strain on planes (and it can make some of us a bit queasy). That’s why we recommend downloading the audiobook versions of your books and listening to them to prevent the strain on your eyes. We recommend books read by the author, particularly Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Astrophysics for People in a Hurry and David Sedaris’s latest audiobook, Theft by Finding. Check out a preview of the book’s beginning here:

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  1. Podcasts

    For the same reason that we think audiobooks work better on a plane than Kindles, we recommend downloading the latest podcasts. If you haven’t binge-listened to the most popular in nonfiction podcasts like S-Town, Serial (seasons 1 & 2), or Stuff You Should Know, now is the time. If you’re into fiction podcasts, the New York Times recently made a list of “11 Fiction Podcasts Worth a Listen.”

  2. Change of clothes

    Depending on the length of the flight, you might want to bring a new shirt to change into near the end of the flight. Overnight long-haul flights in particular can leave you feeling dirty and in need of something clean to wear. A soft wrinkle-free shirt can make a big difference in how you feel when you walk off the plane.

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  1. Eye mask

    If you don’t plan on sleeping, an eye mask can be a nice way to escape without being bothered by your row mates or the flight attendants. If you’ve got your headphones and your eye mask, you’re less likely to be bothered by someone who just wants to chat.

  2. Melatonin

    If you do plan to sleep, melatonin can be a natural, healthy way to start the sleeping process. The trick to melatonin is that it doesn’t start working until it’s dark, so you might want to wait until the lights go out or until you can slip on your eye mask. Thirty minutes before you anticipate darkness, take the recommended dose and relax. We recommend Olly Restful Sleep Blackberry Zen Vitamin Gummies because they’re easy to eat and they work quickly.


  1. Pen

    This may seem like a silly, small item to include, but when those papers are being handed out from customs, you’ll be glad to have that trusty pen with you. Filling out the form on the plane can save you time when coming in from an international flight.

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