My 10 carry-on essentials for a long-haul flight

I looove airplanes and flying, but I always have to prepare good for a flight, especially the long ones. During the time, I figured out what essentials I need to bring with me, to have a smooth and comfortable time while flying.

So, I wanted to share with you my essential carry-on items for a long-haul flight. Maybe some of this will work for you too.

Let’s begin..

1. Scarf

Somehow, I always struggle with temperature in the aircraft. It is always so freezing that beside the blankets we get, I need to have something else. Scarf is great solution. You add some accessory to your travel combination and look chic, and at the same time it is useful to protect you from coldness.


2. Socks

They keep your feet warm  and it’s more comfortable wearing them during the flight than shoes (you can kick them off and relax). I bring with me spare pair no matter if I already wear one or traveling barefoot in sandals. They’re must.

3. Travel wallet

I got one as a present from a friend, and I absolutely love it. It is very useful because I like to keep all my travel documents together – passport, boarding pass, travel insurance policy, hotel confirmation,.. The other great thing is that you can easily find it in your purse.


4. Toiletry bag

It’s the easiest way to keep all the cosmetic essentials with you. As you already know, the air in the cabin is dry, so it dries your skin more. Travel size thermal water spray is an easy way to keep your skin hydrated. I also bring with me hand and face cream. It is important to take care of your skin during the flight, too.

Don’t get stuck with food in your teeth, bring dental floss, travel size toothbrush and toothpaste with you. 😊

Other essentials in my toiletry bag are: travel size perfume, nail file, eye drops, brush, deodorant, sanitizing wipes.


5. Lip balm

Honestly, I think I am a lip balm addict. I use the same one for many many years, and I can’t even fall asleep if I don’t put it on my lips. Yeap. I think that is a definition of an addiction. 😁 This item is a must not only for flight, but in general. 😉


6. Earplugs and earphones

I am not actually a big fan of the earplugs, but sometimes they can be very useful. If you want to make sure not to be bothered by any kind of noise, that is a solution.  So, I make sure to bring one with me, for just in case.

Personally, I prefer using my earphones.  You can listen to music you want, relax yourself and escape noise at the same time.


7. Book

I am not one of those persons who can sleep all the way to destination, either traveling by car, bus or plane. Even though I am tired, that is always struggle to me. So, I make sure to bring a book with me. I love reading in general, but my two absolutely favorite places for reading are while I am on a long-haul flight and while lying on the beach.

Also, I take my notebook with me for writing down any kind of ideas that run through my mind. Don’t forget to bring a pen, too. Besides for notebook, you will be prepared for filling out your customs and arrival forms.


8.  Mints/Tantum verde 

Sometimes during the flight, because of the lack of humidity I get a sore throat. Mints and tantum verde pastilles are great pain relief, and also keep your breath fresh.


9. Tissues

Tissues are handy in any situation and always are essential item in my purse.

10. Makeup bag

In case you want to freshen up your look after a long flight, make sure to pack your basic makeup products.


EXTRA TIP: Stay hydrated during the flight! The lack of humidity in the cabin can lead to you becoming dehydrated. So, feel free to ask the flight attendant for an extra cup of water.

That’s it! I hope these essentials come in handy, wherever you go.

Am I missing something? What are your travel essentials?




1 Comment

  1. Evangelina07
    February 5, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    I agree with everything.
    I always travel with an XL scarf which either works as a super cozy scarf or doubles as a blanket.
    For me my iPad is also essential, for reading, watching a movie or listening to music.
    I read a lot of airplanes will get rid of their screens since everybody has an iPad these days.

    Happy and safe travels to you.

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