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Rather than get all 'survivaly' with my carry on items, I tend to go with just a few items that are very likely to come in handy while flying, and some might be good if something goes bad.

My main priority is multiple means of charging my phone and my wife's. You may be stuck on an airplane for many hours longer than you anticipated, and not all planes providing charging ports. So I carry two lithium battery packs, one that will recharge one of phones five times, and the other can about two and half times. I take at least three USB cables that I already know to be of good quality (a lot of cables out there are junk). I take two wall chargers capable of outputting at 2.0 amps for the fastest charging possible. I usually take a USB voltmeter/ammeter as well to verify that my devices are charging properly (this has really come in handy).

If space allows, I really like to take a 6' extension cord with a 3 outlet tap attached to it. This allows me to plug in and charge all my stuff at the same time without having to be right next to an outlet. I've never once seen anyone else in an airport with an extension cord. In a pinch, it could be used as stiff cordage or even made into a flail with something heavy on one end.

I refuse to pay $4 or more for a bottle of water, so I take a Brita plastic water bottle with a built in carbon filter with me. It's empty when we go through security, and I fill it up at a water fountain or bathroom in the airport. I've learned that most airports' water taste horridly, and this filter really improves the flavor. I always fill it up before I get on a plane.

Lighting is another important area, and I keep a small LED flashlight in my pocket when we fly. My wife keeps one in her purse as well. I like headlamps too, but they are bulkier, and we usually travel light.

Beyond that, I think that others have already covered the basics. Adhesive bandages, meds you are likely to need while traveling (Pepto Bismol tablets help many GI problems), and the like are always a good idea.

It's worthwhile to mention that I was not allowed to take a 'tactical' looking pen on a flight because one of the ends was somewhat pointed and I was told it resembled a kubotan. But a regular metal pen would be just fine and largely serve the same purpose.
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Originally Posted by Goodwrench708 View Post
Flying isn't bad.... just check one suitcase....with survival gear....firearm...ammo...
I like to fly but the companies are to damn money hungry that they charge for almost everything. IMMFO, it is bull****.
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Originally Posted by Propofol View Post
I like to fly but the companies are to damn money hungry that they charge for almost everything. IMMFO, it is bull****.
I agree....the airlines got money hungry during the time when fuel prices were high....
I think Delta charges 25$ for the first checked bag....and 35$ for the second.
I would suggest pay the 25$ and check a bag....then you can carry your BOB and weapon in your checked bag.
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Originally Posted by foxkitten86 View Post
Exactly. I fly round trip UK to Romania about five times every year, plus the occasionally holiday someplace WARM. I buy three litres of water in the terminal after security check (now THERE is a financial rip off!) just to be safe, plus carry snack bars, mixed fruit and sandwiches. I always take a small blanket rolled up tight and stuffed under the top flap of the rucksack I use for carry on. (Think mouse dangling out both sides of the cat's mouth.) I-pad and earphones,phone, charger pack, small but effective first aid kit, wet wipes, ferro rod, torch, small multi-tool, extra t-shirt, socks, undies. A miniature of sherry tucked in my make-up bag has never been noticed... or at least has never been questioned. It all adds up to about 15 pounds of weight, but it keeps me entertained, warm, hydrated, fed, and I feel slightly safer because of it all.

I've occasionally forgot about a bottle of water that migrated to the bottom of the rucksack during the time I'm in the terminal before the flight, and it's an interesting thing that those water bottles have never been picked up by the scanner.
Until recently I traveled 25% + for the job, US and International. I would take the above, plus small first aid kit, a couple of packs of tissues (some places just do not have TP) , a few yards of duct tape (it will hold a bag together.. Had a zipper give out on a new Victorionox back pack on a day trip to Ohio), a bandana or similar (various uses.. Some International flights bug bomb the plane before take off, you do not want to breathe that in). For folks worried about some sort of 'weapon' available...you're limited, but a tightly rolled seat back magazine can leave a mark! Never needed it, found that a good old fashioned foot stomp on the arch will usually change someone's mind.... Yes, have done that ...(apologize for the misstep..), have had a couple of guys try to get chummy..

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As far as water is concerned, I always pack 3 of the Platypus collapsible 1L water bottles in my bag and fill them up after security. They pack down to nearly nothing when empty and I don't get stopped anymore when they scan a hard-sided water bottle in my bag.



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