Whether for vacation, business or the holiday season, at some point we’ve all spent time in an airport.

In an ideal world, we arrive at the airport on time and promptly take off after a quick and stress-free security check. Unfortunately, this is rarely, if ever the case. Long lines at security, overbooked flights and other airport-related woes can make air travel a nightmare.


Wondering what you need to survive the airport? Check out our list of 10 must-have items you should have in your carry on.

1. Portable power bank

I think we’ve passed the point of no return with phones. They are an essential part of our lives. You don’t want to be stranded in an airport on a layover with a dead battery. There’s no guarantee there will be an open outlet near your gate. So, make sure you have a portable power bank handy for those low battery moments.

2. Neck pillow


To be honest, I did not think neck pillows were necessary. I would laugh at all the people walking around the airport with their neck pillows attached to them. They looked ridiculous. However, after a five and a half hour red eye to the East Coast, I was eating my words. Neck pillows are a must for air travel.

3. Travel wallet

When traveling, you’re going to have a lot of documents on you – especially if we’re talking international travel. Get a wallet that can hold it all including your passport, money, IDs and everything else. You’ll win the love and admiration of the TSA when you have your ID easily accessible in your travel wallet.

4. Noise-cancelling headphones


There is a lot going on at the airport. It’s a noisy place. When you’re waiting for hours for a delayed flight, noise-canceling headphones are a must. Drown out the noise of planes taking off, babies crying and people yelling with some high quality headphones. You’d be surprised how much your mood will brighten when you can escape the noisy airport.

5. Tablet

I don’t think anyone is entirely sure what the whole laptop ban means, so just in case, it’s a good idea to pack a tablet in your carry on. Tablets are great for when you want to read, play a mindless game or watch a movie. You can even get some work done – if you’re into that sort of thing. They’re super lightweight and portable so you don’t have to worry about going over the dreaded carry-on weight limit.

6. Snacks


You never know how long you are going to be spending in the airport. You also can’t guarantee there will be decent food options near your gate. It’s always a good idea to bring healthy delicious snacks to tide you over. Try to focus on high-protein snacks that will help you stay full and energized. But there’s no shame in grabbing a bag of cheese puffs, you deserve a treat for dealing with the madness at the airport!

7. Water bottle

Yes, we are all very aware of the liquid rule at the security checkpoint. However, that doesn’t mean you need to die of thirst at the airport. Bring an empty – I repeat – empty water bottle with you in your bag. You can fill it up with water once you are past security. Staying hydrated is key, especially when flying.

8. Eye mask and ear plugs

It’s a slippery slope. Once you are on board with neck pillows you are pretty much on board for all kinds of ridiculous modes of comfort. Airports are running 24/7 so unless you’re a member of some fancy VIP flyer group, you’re going to have a tough time finding a quiet corner for a quick nap. The next best thing is an eye mask and ear plugs.

9. Book


Staring at screens all day gets old. When you’re tired of browsing Facebook on your phone, take a break with a good old-fashioned book. Airports are a great place to catch up on all that reading you promised to do this year.

10. Medicine

The longer you spend in an airport, the more likely you are going to be struck with a headache, stomach ache or worse. Be prepared with a travel size first aid kit with basic meds to keep you happy and healthy on your trip.

Keeping track of all these items can seem like a hassle, but TrackR makes it easy. You can place a TrackR device on your luggage, tablet, water bottle, travel wallet and more. You’ll have peace of mind knowing your important items are exactly where they need to be so you can focus on getting out of the airport with your sanity.