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12 Things to Always Have in Your Carry-On Bag

By The Hub team, May 13, 2018

As anyone who’s ever been stranded in Denver for 17 hours knows, airline travel often throws a curve ball. But if you’ve got a well-packed carry-on, you’re good to go no matter what happens. Here, 12 things to always have on hand.


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1. Eye Mask
Whether you’re trying to sleep on a red-eye or in a hotel room where the sunlight pokes in at 5 a.m, an eye mask will help you get the shut-eye you need to feel your best.

2. Antibacterial Wipes
From the airport to the shuttle bus, you’re going to be touching lots of germs. Decrease the ick factor with a pack of Wet Ones.


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3. Layers
Planes can never decide on a temperature. (Hello arctic takeoff and hot-flash-central landing.) Do yourself a favor and pack some options so you can stay comfy throughout flight.

4. Advil
Getting a migraine three hours into your trans-Atlantic is no fun. Always travel with pain-relievers so you can nip it in the bud. 


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5. Photocopies of your passport
Losing a passport abroad is a complete nightmare, so make sure you have a few photocopies in case of emergency. Keep one in your wallet, one in the pocket of your favorite handbag and heck, even one in your toiletry case.

6. Toothbrush
Feel a little grimy upon landing? Freshen your breath and get on with your life.


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7. Extra Cash
Because who knows when you’ll see another ATM. 

8. Slippers
Is it just us, or is it impossible to get comfortable on a plane when your toes are all jammed into your sneakers?


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9. Refillable Water Bottle
Of course, water won’t be allowed through security, but you can fill up at the nearest water-fountain, then stay hydrated throughout the flight. (These amazing Kleen Kanteen bottles keep water ice-cold for an entire day.)


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10. A Notebook
You don’t have to be a travel blogger to keep a written record of your trip. Pack a journal and pen or pencil so you can jot down thoughts, memories or goals as they come to you.

11. Snacks
Because you are not fun when you’re hangry.


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United Cargo operates more than 11,000 cargo-only flights in one year

By The Hub team, March 19, 2021

On March 19, 2020, United operated its first flight carrying cargo without passengers on board. While the passenger cabin was empty, its cargo hold was completely full, carrying more than 29,000 pounds of commodities from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

A year later, United Cargo has operated more than 11,000 cargo-only flights carrying more than 570 million pounds of freight. To support the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, United Cargo has also transported more than 113 million pounds of medical and pharmaceutical products on both cargo-only and passenger flights as well as approximately 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, providing global communities access to the items they have needed most.

10 tips for spring travel

By The Hub team, February 24, 2021

Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your spring trip, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive at the airport travel-ready:

1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, travel assistance and more

Before your flight, download the United app to view your flight status, check in, sign up for flight notifications, locate departure gates, access our free personal device entertainment when available and more. We've also updated our app with new features that can make your trip a little safer, including contactless bag check.

Don't forget to use Agent on Demand for help with any and all questions you may have before your flight. This new capability is available at all our U.S. hub airports and allows you to use your own mobile device to contact a customer service agent via phone, video or chat to help with day-of-travel questions while you're at the airport. Learn more about Agent on Demand here.

United joins UNICEF COVAX initiative

By The Hub team, February 19, 2021

This week, we were honored to become the first U.S. airline to join the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by transporting the vaccine and other critically needed supplies to underserved areas of the globe.

"We are committed to helping the global community in any way we can, and we all must work together to do our part to bring this health and humanitarian crisis to an end," said Director of Cargo Specialty Products Manu Jacobs.

We will leverage our expertise to transport these critical pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments around the world safely, efficiently and expediently. We are proud to partner with the United Nations to support this global effort and provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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