As if the first pastel blooms of spring weren't a gift enough, we are then blessed with the pardon of a spring break. A glorious week or so of no set alarms and sun — or snow — and top notch travel Instagrams. The only major responsibility that could be ailing you is what things you should always put in your carry-on instead of your checked bag when you travel. Don't let that stress you out for a minute. All it takes is a little organization to have everything you need for the plane fit under the seat in front of you.
Checked luggage means bidding adieu to most of your belongings, save for your carry-on luggage and personal item, for however many hours your flight is. Unfortunately, it also means possibly not seeing them again for who knows how long, because, as we all know, there are those baggage claim nightmares in which your duffel bag takes a different trip than the one you booked for it. Each time it's carted off into a tunnel of other similar looking bags, you're essentially taking a gamble. Most of the time, thankfully, the system works out, and upon reaching your destination, you see your bag not so carefully dropped onto your flight's baggage carousel and let out a sigh of relief. But for the cases that that doesn't happen, it's good to be prepared by keeping a few essential items in your carry-on.
But this is your vacation, don't let yourself experience the least bit of stress. Keep all the things that you possibly can closer to you than below the cabin.