Luggage Essentials for Smart Travelers

Whether you're traveling for work or vacation, one of the best things you can do for your sanity and to ease your travel experience is to take the time to plan ahead. A great way to prepare for your trip is to make sure you pack all your travel essentials.

Check out our travel tips and travel must haves below, so you’ll be well equipped for any trip and know what to pack in checked luggage and what the carry-on luggage essentials are.

Travel Essential Tips

Before we get to the list of travel necessities to bring with you, here are some tips.

  • Know your airline's baggage-fee policy: Get familiar with your airline's baggage fee and luggage size and weight policies.
  • Never check essential items: Keep your valuable and essential belongings in your carry-on bag, not in your checked luggage. These items inlcude your passport, identification, money, credit cards, jewelry, and other valuables.
  • Use packing aids: Packing aids, such as packing cubes, can help you pack more efficiently and stay organized throughout your trip.
  • Invest in quality luggage: The quality of your luggage can make a huge difference in your overall travel experience. Briggs & Riley luggage is built for durability and boasts smart features and modern technology to provide ease and convenience.

Checked Luggage Essentials

In general, the best things to pack in your checked luggage are any bulky, heavy items, as well as items you can’t board a flight with, like wine. Here are some of the essentials for traveling to pack in your checked luggage:

  • Clothes & Shoes: Pack all clothing in your checked luggage. However, if you’re bringing a jacket, try to wear it on the plane instead of packing it to save space and weight in your checked luggage.
  • Toiletries & Makeup (or liquids larger than 3 ounces): Only pack the toiletries you’ll absolutely need and won’t be able to get at your hotel or travel destination easily. When packing your toiletries, make sure to use leak-proof bottles.
  • Accessories: Pack accessories like belts and bags in your checked bags as well.

Carry On Luggage Essentials

Pack items you want to keep with you but don’t need to have immediate access to in your carry-on bag. This includes items that are valuable or hard to replace and you don’t want to risk losing by packing in your checked luggage. Below are some of the items to pack in your carry on.

  • Laptop: If you don’t need your laptop for in-flight entertainment, you can put it into your carry-on bag.
  • Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medication: It’s best to keep any medicine in your carry-on bag so you can access it during your flight if needed.
  • Jewelry: Pack jewelry in your carry-on bag so that it always stays close to you. Even better if you can wear the jewelry so you don’t have to pack it at all!
  • Power Cables & Portable Chargers: It’s unlikely you’ll need to use these items during a flight, so they don’t need to go in your personal item.

Building Your Luggage and Travel Collection

Once you've got the essentials, it's time to get to packing with the perfect B&R bag. If you’re in need of essential luggage pieces, shop our carry-on bags, checked luggage, and luggage sets.