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:
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.
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.
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.
Thankfully, there were USB chargers on both our flights, so I didn’t need to worry about my electronics dying on me
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
I spent a lot of time on the first flight writing away with no distractions. Heaven.
Necessary for comfort and warmth. I’m always cold on planes so I loved snuggling up in this for a nap.
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
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!
No matter how much I tried to stay hydrated, I still got chapped lips, so this was needed to help with that
For freshening up purposes. I wasn’t too hot, thankfully, but it was still nice to have it to hand
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.
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
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?