Hand luggage for long-haul flights

Posted in Travel, Travel Tips
on January 21, 2018
Hand luggage for long haul flights what to pack

On a long-haul flight, hand luggage is really important. Before I flew, I did a lot of research on what people take in their hand luggage, because I’d never been on such a long flight before, and I wanted to be comfortable and avoid being grumpy about needing something and not having it (mainly food!)

I also asked on Twitter for advice, so thank you to the lovely people who replied. I have to say, I think my bag was fairly comprehensive for everything I needed on the flight. So, I thought I’d share with you what I packed:

Scarf

Totally essential. On our layover, I was absolutely freezing and was so, so pleased I had a nice big scarf to wrap up in. It also doubled up as an extra blanket when I was chilly and trying to sleep.

 

Notebooks & pen

For random writing inspiration and list-making. Also useful to have a pen for filling out immigration cards. Or, if you fancy a game of noughts and crosses.

 

Documents & passport

Obviously can’t get anywhere without these. We had a folder with our booking info and visas inside, in the order we’d need them. How very Monica of me.

 

Guidebook

We hadn’t planned an awful lot after the first week, so I wanted to do a bit of research on the place, and decided to do it the old-fashioned way with a book.

 

Warm socks

I was so relieved to get these on just before I went to sleep on our second flight. It was a little extra comfort when it was much needed!

 

Change of underwear and socks

I knew I’d want to feel freshened up after our layover. So, just before we switched flights, I got fully changed in the airport, and then again before we landed.

 

Change of clothes

Again, I knew I’d feel uncomfortable stuck in the same clothes for nearly 2 days. I flew in jeans and jumpers, but I changed into more comfy leggings, long-sleeved top and hoody. I kept the same trainers on throughout. I recommend my Adidas Originals ones – they’re so comfy and light.

 

Chargers

Thankfully, there were USB chargers on both our flights, so I didn’t need to worry about my electronics dying on me

 

Headphones

I didn’t actually use my headphones much because, when I wasn’t writing, I was either sleeping or watching movies, but always nice to have the option

 

Tablet

I spent a lot of time on the first flight writing away with no distractions. Heaven.

 

Hoody

Necessary for comfort and warmth. I’m always cold on planes so I loved snuggling up in this for a nap.

 

Sunglasses

I was intending to just pop these on when we landed, but they actually came in handy when the sun was really bright during the flight and I couldn’t see my screen

 

SPF

I took my La Roche Posay Anthelios XL (review here) to slap on before going out into the sunshine. Depends where you’re going, but SPF is pretty essential everywhere tbh.

 

Moisturiser

Long-haul flights are notorious for drying out your skin. I moisturised a few times during the flights, especially after we were given hot towels – so refreshing!

 

Lip balm

No matter how much I tried to stay hydrated, I still got chapped lips, so this was needed to help with that

 

Deodorant

For freshening up purposes. I wasn’t too hot, thankfully, but it was still nice to have it to hand

 

Perfume

I have miniatures of my favourite perfumes which are great for the hand luggage restrictions, and it was nice to wear some to feel a bit more ‘put together’

 

Toothbrush & toothpaste

I couldn’t go 30 hours without brushing my teeth!

 

Snacks from duty free & water

I’m probably quite difficult to cater for, food-wise, so I made sure I had plenty of snacks to keep me going, and I tried to drink at least 1.5 litres of water on each flight.

 

Eye mask

I didn’t actually use this because our second flight was through the night, but, had I wanted to nap through our daytime flight, this would have been useful

 

Hand Sanitiser

I just like this for making me feel clean. The bathrooms on airplanes can get pretty rank after a few hours, so it’s a great little thing to have. Plus, people often get ill after being on long-haul flights, because of the recycled air, so it goes a little way to prevent that, too.

 

And I packed it all in a floral Vans backpack – the kind I had for school! You can find similar ones on ASOS.

 

 

I’d love to know if I’ve missed anything off this list – what do you take on long-haul flights to stay comfortable and entertained?

Hand luggage for long haul flights

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8 Comments

  • Josie

    I think you’ve nailed it! All the essentials in there! I always think of any flight as just a couple of hours and having my first layover one going to Australia, I was so glad I packed things like toothbrush, cleansing stuff and change of clothes, definitely need to freshen up on long-haul flights!

    JosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

    January 24, 2018 at 12:04 Reply
    • North

      Totally! I packed it all but underestimated how much I’d want it. It kind of helps you segregate ‘days’ if you’re on a long haul with very different time zones – like when you went to Australia! I did like a night time routine – brushing my teeth etc. when I wanted my brain to think it was time to go to sleep!

      Thank you for commenting 🙂

      January 26, 2018 at 08:16 Reply
  • Rachael

    This was so helpful and easy to read! Also loved the Friends reference 😉 More of these posts would be fab Xo

    – Rachael Reads

    January 31, 2018 at 14:44 Reply
    • North

      Thank you very much 🙂 that is much appreciated – there will definitely be more of these kinds of things coming, as I’m doing lots of travelling at the moment.

      There’s always an appropriate Friends reference for any situation! x

      February 2, 2018 at 07:46 Reply
  • Laura

    Baby wipes are also a good one for refreshing yourself, especially on layovers! I’m a huge fan of my compression running tights, stops my legs swelling too much. Great post, good ideas x

    February 2, 2018 at 11:53 Reply
    • North

      Thanks m’love! I think I should buy some compression tights for the way back, and walk around a lot more than I did! My OH took face wipes so I stole his 🙂 x

      February 3, 2018 at 06:11 Reply
  • Rachael Stray

    Really useful post. I’m doing my first solo long haul flight in two weeks so bookmarking this post!!

    February 18, 2018 at 11:02 Reply
    • North

      Thanks so much for reading Rachael & for your lovely comment. I’m really glad you found it useful 🙂

      February 18, 2018 at 23:19 Reply

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