Carry-on essentials
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What to pack in your Carry-on

Whether you'll be in the air for two hours or 12, what you take with you on the plane can ensure a stress-free, comfortable flight. From ear plugs to eye masks to e-readers, we share the most essential carry-on items to pack for your next trip.

1

Anything you can't
travel without

The most important items to have with you, before anything that provides comfort or entertainment (we'll get to those), are the things that you wouldn't be able to travel without should your luggage get lost. This list includes your passport, travel documents you might need to show at your destination and any medication you take. If you can't replace it when you land, you should make sure to pack it in your carry-on.

2

Moisturizer

Bliss blood orange and white pepper hand cream

Dry airplane air means dry, chapped skin, which can lead to midflight discomfort. That's why we never board without travel-size hand and face cream. Moisturizing regularly especially during an overseas flight means skin stays supple and hydrated rather than dry and taut. For hands, we like Bliss blood orange and white pepper hand cream, which comes in a convenient one-ounce travel size ($8). For face, we pack Josie Maran Argan Oil ($14), a lightweight oil that absorbs quickly and leaves skin ultra-soft.

3

Toothbrush and face wipes

At the end of a long flight all we usually feel like doing is taking a hot shower. Since that isn't usually possible directly after landing, we suggest having a means to do the best you can when it comes to freshening up. For us, this means a toothbrush (with mini toothpaste) and some facial cleansing wipes to refresh after being cooped up for hours. If you're on a particularly long flight, it can also be helpful to brush your teeth and wipe your face midflight.

4

Gum or lozenges

Take-offs and landings often mean a buildup of pressure in your ears, which can cause discomfort and sometimes even pain. One of the easiest ways to alleviate the feeling of having cotton balls stuffed in your ear canals is to chew gum or suck on a hard candy. The chewing and swallowing motions help your ears to "pop," decreasing the pressure.

5

e-reader

eReader

Let's face it; flying is pretty boring so the more you can distract yourself the better and what better way to pass the time than with a book? Rather than only choosing one, bring as many page-turners as you want with an e-reader. Load the device with your current list of must-reads, and you'll be set for the duration of your flight. We like the lightweight Nook HD+ ($269) for its more than 3 million books to buy (not to mention 1 million free titles) clear, easy-reading display plus the fact you get up to 10 hours battery life on a single charge.

6

Eye mask and ear plugs

Sleeping on planes is never easy. There's always that one person that seems to be out cold before everyone else has even finshed fastening their seatbelts, but for most of us, getting in-flight shut-eye can feel like an impossible feat. But having a way to shut out light and sound can make a huge difference when it comes to your ability to nod off. Weird lighting, crying babies, beverage carts creaking by — they can all keep even the sleepiest among us awake, but slip on your eye mask and pop in your ear plugs and you've created a mini peace and quiet bubble for a few hours.

7

A pen

Whether you want to do a crossword puzzle or need to fill out a customs form, having a pen nearby always comes in handy on a flight. Jot notes in your guidebook, make a post-landing list of travel to-dos, or just doodle in your notebook to help pass the time. But either way, having a pen or two is an important (and lightweight) addition to any carry-on bag.

8

Blanket or sweater

Flights can be notoriously chilly and the blankets they provide on planes are never as cozy as you want them to be. We suggest packing either a soft travel blanket or comfy oversize sweater you can slip into or under if you start to get cold. Staying warm also helps when you're trying to sleep.

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Parlin sunk some of his foundation's money into seems dubious He was promised according to court papers a five percent a week return -- the kind of performance that would make even Ponzi king Bernard Madoff blush And it was an investment strategy using US Treasuries where the current yield on a 10-year T-bill is 32 percentWorse Parlin says he didn't even know the money had been passed on to Gilliams to manage until shortly before he filed the lawsuit He's also suing New York financier Vassilis Morfopoulos who transferred the foundation's money to GilliamsSCAMS GALOREIt appears Parlin's due diligence was not completeBut some securities experts are not surprised Nearly two-and-a-half years after Madoff's decades long investment fraud came to light and prosecutors charged Allen Stanford with running a $7 billion Ponzi scheme there has hardly been a pause in the number of new dubious investment schemes Unfortunately yield-hungry investors have been slow to grasp that if an investment opportunity sounds too good to be true -- it probably isLast year for instance the Securities and Exchange Commission brought 47 enforcement actions against the architects of apparent Ponzi schemes That's just seven fewer than securities regulators filed in 2009 And tips about new investment schemes keep coming to the SEC on a regular basis"Every day we see tips alleging Ponzi schemes" says Thomas Sporkin who oversees the SEC's new market intelligence unit which is responsible for vetting and filtering the more than 30000 tips securities regulators get each year from the public "Unfortunately investment schemes appear just as prevalent as ever"Tuesday SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro in testimony on Capitol Hill told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that "fraudulent investment schemes disguised as investment opportunities" accounted for 22 percent of the agency's enforcement actions in 2010Indeed securities experts say each year individual investors -- even sophisticated ones who should seemingly know better -- lose hundreds of millions of dollars to financial charlatans But many under-the-radar scams tend to get overlooked by regulators and short-shrift from the financial media because the dollars involved are relatively small and the alleged scamsters don't work for big Wall Street banks like Goldman Sachs Group or JP Morgan Chase"You hear more about the bank cases because there is often a big pot of money at the end of the day" said Ross Intelisano a New York securities attorney with Rich & Intelisano "But I get called on these small scams all the time But sometimes they are even too small for us to get involved"It's too soon to say how the Parlin case will play out Parlin who made his fortune from founding a Midwestern-based company that refurbished automated teller machines company called The ATM Exchange has had at least one discussion about his 2010 investment with agents in the Cincinnati office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation according to a court filingSUPPORTING PLAYERSFor his part Gilliams who did not respond to repeated requests by Reuters for comment and does not appear to have retained a lawyer is keeping an uncharacteristic low profile Earlier this year he suddenly abandoned a small office he had in downtown Philadelphia skipping out on the rent according to court recordsThe official headquarters for his TL Gilliams LLC trading firm which claims to have offices in two dozen locations around the globe is a so-called virtual office located in a building in a Philadelphia suburb Mail is collected for Gilliams at the location and a receptionist takes phone messages But a person familiar with the facility says the trader rarely shows up in personBeyond Gilliams the litigation and interviews by Reuters also reveals an array of middleman and unregistered investment advisers each of whom may have played a part in the investment venture For instance Morfopoulos the New York financier who invested Parlin's money with Gilliams has his own questionable track record In 2005 he was sued by the federal government for failing to pay nearly a quarter of a million dollars in back taxesChristopher Chang the lawyer for Morfopoulos says his client was duped just like Parlin and "denies any participation in the fraud perpetrated by Tyrone Gilliams" Chang adds that his client intends to fully cooperate with Parlin in helping him get his money backLaura Keller a San Francisco financial consultant said she recommended Gilliams to Morfopoulos and another Bay Area investor group based on a recommendation she'd got from Blackhawk Wealth Solutions a San Diego-based investment advisory firm Phone calls and emails to Blackhawk executives weren't returnedSays Keller: "Proper questioning and trust and prior working experience and their vetting made the referral strong"Other middlemen who may have been involved in the deal according to court records and interviews were Brett Smith also named as a defendant in the lawsuit and Santiago Delgado of Global Fortress Inc based in West Palm Beach FlaLIGHTS CAMERAS ACTIONSome of the allegations of profligate spending outlined in Parlin's lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court would seem to dovetail with images of Gilliams' over-the-top lifestyle which were captured last year in a series of videos he had posted online under the banner "TLG TV" ()Gilliams who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990 and was a standout basketball player for the Ivy League school's team hired a team of professional videographers to follow him around He appears to have been trying to position himself as some sort of high-living Internet reality TV star who made a fortune trading oil gold diamonds and sugarHis TLG TV was something like an online version of "Keeping up with the Kardashians" the reality TV show about a celebrity family that parties hard for the cameras crossed with "Trading Places" the 1983 hit movie about Philadelphia commodities traders starring Eddie 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Lisa December 26, 2012 | 3:26 PM

This is a great list! I couldn’t agree more with number one – flying can be unpredictable, so it is important to be prepared. I also like the idea of having a pen handy when you fly. Most of us are so accustomed to using our smart phones for everything nowadays that we don't carry pens anymore even though we should. Thanks!

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