13 Things to Pack in Your Carry-On Bag

I'm all about making my flights as smooth as humanly possible. I've started packing more like a minimalist, and I've slowly but surely discovered some airport hacks that have made my life a lot easier. I think the key to a perfect flight is having what you need all in one spot: in your carry-on.

If you're checking a bag, you need to know what's important to bring on board the plane with you and what's OK to leave behind in the bag you're sending off into the literal hands of strangers and metaphorical hands of machines. On the other hand, if you're only packing a carry-on bag, you need to be strategic. Our nonnegotiable items include our headphones, a water bottle, and face masks, among others. Here's what you should always have in your carry-on bag when flying.

- Additional reporting by Hilary White

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