Travel First Aid Kit What To Pack

When traveling it is important to take along a first aid kit for emergencies. Take along bandages and antibiotic ointment for any cuts and scrapes you might get. Also keep in mind, travelers often have stomach trouble from the stress of traveling, change in diet and different organisms in the water that your body is not accustomed to. Be sure to pack anti-diarrhea medicine and Tums for any stomach problems you might have.

What to Keep in Your Travel First Aid Storage Kit

  • Mini Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Alcohol Wipes
  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Aspirin
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Tylenol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Thermometer
  • Non latex glvoes
  • Tums
  • Anti Diarrhea
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • Oral Antihistamine
  • Aloe Vera
  • No Jet Lag Tablets
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Oral Re-hydration Salts
  • Duct Tape

Why Does The United Kingdom Use a South Africa Adapter Plug?


If you are traveling to the United Kingdom, you will need adapter plugs to charge your cell phone, iPad and power your laptop computer. England uses two types of plugs. One plug is called the United Kindgom plug (GUD) and has three rectangle pins. The other plug used in England is the South Africa plug (GUE) that has three large round pins.

So why does England use a South Africa plug? It is common for countries to have more than one type of outlet. Most areas in England will use the GUD plug, however in some older parts of England you might see an outlet for the GUE plug. The reason that South Africa and England share a plug type is because the British Empire controlled South Africa for quite some time. 

Most likely when you are in England you will encounter the GUD plug, but it is prudent to take along the GUE plug just in case. Many countries share adapter plug types so don't be surprised if an adapter works in more than one country worldwide. You can always check Going In Style's Adapter Guide to make sure you have the correct adapter for your trip.

Countries that use the GUE type plug include:

Still Not Sure? Read our Adapter Guide >>

My Appliance Plug Wont Fit Into My New Adapter Plug. Help!

Some customers are concerned when it seems as though their power plug wont fit completely in the female side of the adapter. Your power plug will fit, you just need to push hard the first couple of times you use your adapter. 

The adapter plugs are designed to fit snuggly so you have a tight connection. The alternative would be if the power plug fit loosely, then there would be safety issues. Your power plug could fall partially out of the adapter and cause electric shock. For safety, Going In Style adapter plugs are designed to fit tight. The first few times you use your adapter the connect will be very snug, but will loosen up after a few uses. 

If you are having trouble inserting your power plug into the back of your adapter ask someone who is stronger to help you push the power plug in all the way. Then disconnect the power plug from the adapter and insert it again. Do this a few times until the adapter loosens up and your power plug glides in more easily.

Tips For Staying Hydrated While Traveling

It is important to stay hydrated while you travel especially when traveling by plane. Airplane cabins have low humidity and dry air. Staying hydrated can help you avoid jet lag and feel better when you arrive at your destination.

Water Drinking Tips: 

  • Drink water with every meal and snack
  • Drink water instead of soda or juice when you're thirsty
  • Even when you don't feel thirsty have a glass of water
  • Drink a glass in the morning to start your day and jump start your digestive system
  • While you are deciding what to eat have a cup of tea or water
  • Flavor your water with tea or different water flavorings -  you can buy already made flavoring or make your own
  • Spice up your water with cucumbers, lemon, frozen berries, rosemary or mint
  • When you are drinking alcohol, have a glass of water or soda water between every drink and add a garnish for fun
  • Remember soup, juice and foods have water  
  • Download an app to keep track of how much water you are drinking throughout the day
  • Keep water with you so it is convenient to drink
  • Buy a fun water bottle that you want to show off
  • Remember to drink water between doing sets at the gym
  • Try warming up your water, its comforting and good for you - many cultures drink their water warm
  • Try sparkling water

Packing For TSA 3-1-1 Liquid Requirments

TSA Regulations, Rules and whats the 311?

3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3.4 ounce bottle or less; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3.4 oz. container size is a security measure.

Consolidate bottles into one bag and X-ray separately to speed screening.

Be prepared. Each time TSA searches a carry-on it slows down the line. Practicing 3-1-1 will ensure a faster and easier checkpoint experience.

3-1-1 is for short trips. If in doubt, put your liquids in checked luggage.

Declare larger liquids. Medications, baby formula and food, breast milk, and juice are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint.

Come early and be patient. Heavy travel volumes and the enhanced security process may mean longer lines at security checkpoints.

TSA working with our partners. TSA works with airlines and airports to anticipate peak traffic and be ready for the traveling public.

Acceptable Identification at check out include:

  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. passport card
  • DHS "Trusted Traveler" cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
  • U.S. Military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DOD civilians)
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Border Crossing Card
  • DHS-designated enhanced driver's license
  • Drivers Licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent) NEW DRIVERS LICENSE REQUIREMENTS APPLY
  • A Native American Tribal Photo ID
  • An airline or airport-issued ID (if issued under a TSA-approved security plan)
  • A foreign government-issued passport
  • Canadian provincial driver's license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) card
  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)


TSA: Prohibited Sharp Items

Box Cutters: Carry-on: No Checked: Yes

Ice Axes/Ice Picks: Carry-on: No Checked: Yes

Knives – except for plastic or round bladed butter knives:  Carry-on: No Checked: Yes

Meat Cleavers: Carry-on: No Checked: Yes

Razor-Type Blades – such as box cutters, utility knives, and safety razor blades (disposable razors and their cartridges are permitted):  Carry-on: No Checked: Yes

Sabers: Carry-on: No Checked: Yes

Scissors – metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than four inches:  Carry-on: Yes Checked: Yes

Swords – cutting or thrusting weapons, including fencing foils:  Carry-on: No Checked: Yes

NOTE: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.

For the full list of prohibited items go to the TSA Travel Website.


MyTSA Mobile Application Now Available

MyTSA has multiple functions, including the following tools:

  • Airport Status: Users can see what airports are experiencing general delays (not flight specific) or search for conditions at a specific airport. This information is provided by the FAA.
  • ‘Can I Bring?’: Users can type in an item they plan to bring on a trip to find out if it is permitted or prohibited, and whether they can pack it in carry-on or checked bags.
  • Guide: Users can get travel tips on an array of some of the most popular topics of air travel, including traveling with children, 3-1-1 rules for liquids, gels and aerosols, special medical needs, packing tips, tips for how to dress for airport security, tips for military members, and traveling with food and gifts.
  • Security wait times: MyTSA gives passengers the ability to share their wait time and see what wait times other passengers have posted for U.S. airports.
  • Wait Times: Passengers can also post the approximate amount of time it took them to get through security for other travelers to view.

To get MyTSA on your mobile device, type in

You can find the MyTSA iPhone app on iTunes.

For any additional, up-to-date information with TSA, please visit their website:

What Size Of Carry On Should I Buy?

A guide to airline carry-on regulations

Choosing the correct carry on size can be tricky because each airline sets their own carry on size restrictions. Going In Style recommends thinking about whether you spend more time traveling domestically or international. International carry on requirements are generally smaller.


Carry-On sizes can be a bit confusing. Airline carry-on restrictions vary from airline to airline as well as from airplane to airplane. For accurate information please contact the airline you are flying with for their baggage limitations in advance. Carry On size can even vary depending on whether you are traveling International or Domestic within the same airline. 

A general guideline you can use for a maximum size carry-on bag is 45 linear inches (the total of the height, width, and depth of the bag). A standard size that fits this requirement is, 22 x 14 x 9”. Anything larger should be checked. If you have a bag that is an unusual shape but still within the total number of inches, you may find it being rejected. Also keep in mind the limitations are going to be different for international flights.

Airlines have restrictions on the number of pieces you can carry-on and some will even limit the weight of the bags. Don’t forget, for up to date accurate information contact your airlines. Below are links to luggage information for each airline.

One of Going In Style's favorite carry on luggage brands is Briggs & Riley Carry On Suitcases. Briggs & Riley carry on luggage comes is super durable and comes with a Briggs & Riley lifetime guarantee

TIP: When purchasing carry on luggage in store, Going In Style recommends bringing along a tape measure. Measure the luggage to make sure it actually fits withing the size of carry on regulations including the wheels. Sometimes luggage on sale or discounted carry ons are discounted because they don't quite meet airline carry on sizing regulations. You don't want to buy a brand new carry on luggage and then be charged for an oversize carry on once you get to the airport. 





Alaska Airline Carry-On Baggage Requirements

Carry on Bag Dimensions 22 inches x 14 inches x 9 inches / 56 cm x 35 cm x 22 cm including wheels and handles.

Personal Item such as purse or briefcase

Note: Alaska Airline changed to these dimensions as of June, 4, 2018

American Airline Carry On Baggage Requirements

Carry on Bag Dimensions 22 inches x 14 inches x 9 inches / 56 cm x 35 cm x 22 cm including wheels and handles.

Personal Item Dimensions 18 inches x 14 inches x 8 inches / 45 cm x 35 cm x 20cm

Delta Airline Carry-On Baggage Requirements

Carry on Bag Dimensions 22 inches x 14 inches x 9 inches / 56 cm x 35 cm x 22 cm including wheels and handles.

Personal items that are approved are 1 purse, briefcase, camera bag, diaper bag, or laptop computer.

Hawaiian Airlines Carry-On Baggage Requirements

Carry On Bag Dimensions maximum outside dimensions of 45 linear inches including wheels and handles and fit in the overhead bin.

Personal Item such as purse, daypack, backpack, briefcase, shopping bag, laptop computer or diaper bag.

United Airline Carry-On Baggage Requirements

Carry On Bag Dimensions 22 inches x 14 inches x 9 inches / 56 cm x 35 cm x 22 cm including wheels and handles.

Personal Item Dimensions 17 inches x 10 inches x 9 inches / 43 cm x 25 cm x 10cm (If you are flying Basic Economy ticket, your personal item will be the only item you can bring on board).

Virgin America Carry-On Baggage Requirements

Carry On Bag Dimensions maximum outside linear dimensions of 51 inches including wheels and handles and fit in the overhead bin.

Personal Item such as purse, daypack, backpack, briefcase, shopping bag, laptop computer or diaper bag.