Video: What to Pack in Your Carry On In Case of a Layover

What to Pack in Your Carry On for a Long Layover

Stay optimistic travelers, and make the best out of what may seem like a bad situation. The Eagle Creek Travel Expert, Jessica Dodson, gives tips on layover survival. Featured Products: Converge Backpack (safari green) Cat Nap Blanket Sandman Eyeshade Travel Ear Plugs Exhale Neck Pillow Silicone Bottle Set (with 3-11 pouch) 3-Dial TSA Lock & Cable Pack-It Specter Tech Cube S/M (white/strobe) Pack-It Converge Compression Cube MD (safari green) Pack-It Specter Tech Sac Set (white/strobe)


There’s nothing worse than getting unexpectedly stuck at the airport. Eagle Creek Travel Expert Jessica Dodson walks you through what you can pack in your carry on to make the best of the situation.


Preparation is a no brainer for those who have dealt with long layovers before. Whether you get booted off your flight at the last minute, your flight gets delayed, or you booked it that way to save some money—layovers happen to the best of us. But having the right supplies on hand can help make the situation a little better. In this case, it’s the little things that count—literally, you can fit everything you need in a daypack!

From gear to smart tips, Jessica touches on a little bit of everything. She’ll fill you in on what you need to help pass the time—an extra phone battery or charger can mean the difference between entertainment and hopeless boredom. Plus, find out everything you need to be comfortable if worse comes to worse, and you need to take a snooze at the airport. She also has great tips on how to keep yourself safe, clean, and fed no matter how long your unexpected airport stay. The only thing worse than being stuck at the airport is also being cold and hungry, or suddenly finding your bag missing.

Equipped with multiple pockets and features to help organization, we chose the modern Converge Backpack for demonstration. Between this daypack, our packing organizers, and travel accessories, layover prep is truly made easy.

No matter what the circumstance, she encourages you to make the best of it and not let it ruin your trip. Just remember, when the time comes, it’s all  part of the journey.


Featured Products

Sleep & Comfort: Cat Nap BlanketSandman EyeshadeTravel Ear PlugsExhale Neck Pillow

Packing Organizers: Silicone Bottle Set (with 3-11 pouch)Pack-It Specter Tech Cube S/MPack-It Specter Tech Sac Set S/M/L

Travel Accessories: 3-Dial TSA Lock & Cable


Related Links (from Eagle Creek blog):

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Buying Guide: Backpacks


By Jessica Dodson on June 14, 2019

Jessica was in-house with Eagle Creek for more than 9 years and loves sharing her passion for travel with others. She’s been all over Europe, to Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Kenya, Russia, Argentina, Uruguay and so many more places. She is a legit world travel and loves connecting with people and places through authentic experiences. You’ll see Jessica hosting Eagle Creek’s packing and product videos… and she remains a close friend of the brand. If you want to give her a follow on Instagram (@jdodsonian), she’ll be hiking the Camino del Santiago and living her best life in Europe and South America in the very near future.