How to Pack for an Airplane Flight

Each airline uses specific criteria that determine the amount of baggage you can take on your flight. Packing is even more complicated when you need to take several flights, and each airline enforces different weight and device restrictions. International flights generally impose greater restrictions than domestic flights. Knowing what to pack, the best devices for airline travel, how to safely pack your devices and selecting the most convenient devices can help circumvent issues and minimize the stress and uncertainty involved with packing.

Items you will need

  • Luggage
  • Portable scale
  • Computer case
  • Tablet
  • AC Adapter
  • Camera
Step 1

Pack your computer inside your computer case or along with your personal item. Consider packing a tablet instead of your computer to conserve space. Use a leather pouch designed to fit into your luggage or briefcase to protect your device and also to save space. Pack the USB connector cables and other accessories such as HDMI adapter cables for connecting your device to a screen and headphones.

Step 2

Place your smartphone in your computer or tablet case for easy access in case you need to use your phone to check or change your flight. Get a protective case for your smartphone if you haven’t already. A case helps to protect your phone and also makes it more easily identifiable in case the person in front of you at the security checkpoint happens to use the same phone. Consider getting a spare, fully charged battery for your phone.

Step 3

Pack an Airline AC Adapter in your carry-on baggage for long flights to ensure you can use your computer without running down the battery. Purchase a single charger with several extensions, if you need to connect more than one device while traveling. This can help you save valuable baggage space.

Step 4

Bring a portable camera with you so that you can use your camera to take pictures and conserve your smartphone battery to communicate with others. Using your smartphone for pictures may run down your battery faster and leave you in a lurch if you discover you need to make an emergency phone call.

Step 5

Use programmable NFC tags on supported smartphones to change phone settings, create a quick launch for applications or update your social media status. Programmable tags get activated when your phone touches the tag. Other uses include creating a tag to set your alarm clock, share your contact information with another user or check in to locations.

Step 6

Pack a digital pen to make signing documents and writing letters a more natural process on your tablet or smartphone. You can also use the pen to select apps and menu buttons and reduce the need to clean oils from your fingers that might dirty your device's surface.

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