The rules for packing a carry-on when you check luggage are a bit different in my opinion. If you’re going on a trip where you need to check luggage (study abroad, living in a place for months to years), you can put the majority of your items in your checked luggage.
For example, there is no need to put two weeks worth of clothing in your carry-on if you have two bags you can check.
If you have checked luggage, your carry-on just serves as a bag that has items that allow you to freshen up on the plane, during layovers, or in case of an emergency.
However, there are essential things you still need to put in your carryon.
Don’t forget to bring your:
Your large-sized toiletries go in your checked luggage (toiletries larger than 3.4 oz). But to get you through the flight (and any layovers), it might be good to have the following:
Medicine* (Remember, not all medicines approved in the United States are approved in other countries. Be sure to research beforehand and have a prescription. Be sure to check TSA.gov for official guidelines on how to pack medicine).
I personally keep my electronics in the carry-on.
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