I’ve suffered through flights delayed due to weather, missed connections, and mechanical issues, but had never before completely missed a flight. Until now. And what the experience taught me: what you pack in your carry on bag can pretty much make or break a travel experience.
When you travel by yourself you have to become good—really good—at packing. You don’t have the luxury of sharing with anyone (shared laptop, toiletries, etc.) so the burden you carry is completely your own.