Last updated on September 8th, 2021 at 06:50 pm
Packing for a long haul flight can be tricky, especially when packing your carry on. If you are travelling by plane, chances are you will have a carry on with you. Either small luggage or a backpack or even an oversized handbag could do the job; it’s really up to you! Now, what you will carry on your journey is not the regular content that might be different from usual.
So, you’re probably wondering, ” What you should I pack in my carry on?”
And rightfully so! Long haul flights carry on needs to be packed carefully.
Everyone loves to carry their bits and bobs. That’s why I decided to put a travel list including my ten travel essentials to pack in your carry on!
WHAT TO PACK IN YOUR CARRY ON FOR A LONG HAUL FLIGHT: 10 TRAVEL ESSENTIALS
Table Of Contents
- 1 WHAT TO PACK IN YOUR CARRY ON FOR A LONG HAUL FLIGHT: 10 TRAVEL ESSENTIALS
- 1.1 #1 IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS YOU WILL NEED THROUGH THE TRIP
- 1.2 #2 STEEL WATER BOTTLE / COLLAPSIBLE WATER BOTTLE
- 1.3 #3 VALUABLES / MEDICATIONS
- 1.4 #4 ENTERTAINMENT
- 1.5 #5 ELECTRONICS
- 1.6 #6 LIGHT JACKET
- 1.7 #7 WOOL SOCKS/SLIPPERS
- 1.8 #8 SPARE ITEMS OF CLOTHING
- 1.9 #9 TOILETRIES
- 1.10 #10 NOTEBOOK AND A PEN
The first thing to always keep in mind whenever you’re packing your carry on no matter where you are going is to remember never to make an unorganised mess.
You want it to be packed as efficiently as possible to avoid struggling to find what you’re looking for. You’re not Marry Poppins.
Another tip before we hop into my travel essentials you need to pack with you when you travel is to find the excellent carry on for you!
It can, of course, be fashionable, it should also be something relatively easy to carry around, pockets are also really cool. It’s best if it closes with a zipper to keep your belonging safe.
You can use one without a zipper; I do it quite often with my Grafea backpack that I adore, but it’s best to be careful.
Having the proper carry on for you is a great starter; now, let’s see what you shall pack inside it!
#1 IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS YOU WILL NEED THROUGH THE TRIP
Okay, so this one is probably common sense, but you need to ensure that you have every document you will need through the trip.
To ensure you don’t leave anything behind at home or accidentally check in your luggage, it’s best to make a checklist.
Those documents can be the following:
– Plane Tickets (unless you have them on your phone!)
– Your Visa if your destination need one
– Credit/Debit Card and foreign currency
– Proof of accommodation/hotel booking
And so on!
#2 STEEL WATER BOTTLE / COLLAPSIBLE WATER BOTTLE
The air inside the plane is arid so staying well hydrated throughout the flight is essential.
Of course, you can buy a water bottle after you’ve been through the customs at the airport.
But, 1- it’s usually super pricey, and 2- it’s better to use a reusable bottle than a single plastic use bottle.
Nowadays, nearly all airports have fountains, so you can refill your water for free if you have a steel water bottle. And in case you are worried that a steel water bottle may take too much space, you can get yourself a collapsible water bottle!
You can use many valuable items whenever you travel for yourself or gift to somebody; you should check out my travel gift guide!
A lot of airlines do offer little blankets on long haul flights, but in case they don’t, at least you’ve got your back covered (literally).
This way, you can use the blanket for your legs. That’s what I do!
#3 VALUABLES / MEDICATIONS
If you’re travelling with anything valuable, then it must stay with you in your carry-on. Granted, that it can.
Whenever you check in a bag, you should assume that you may not see whatever is inside. I mean, sure, that’s a bit pessimistic way to think, but at least you’ll be thinking twice before checking in your bag something valuable. As we say, better be safe than sorry.
Of course, if it’s something like necessary medications, it should be on you at all times in case of an emergency when you wouldn’t have time, and you absolutely shouldn’t anyway, to get it in your luggage.
Long haul flights are named long, so you’ll need to bring some stuff to keep you entertained.
Nowadays, most companies have a screen and onboard entertainment, so you don’t need to plan much if you’d like to watch movies or series.
But some low-cost companies do not offer onboard entertainment with a screen, so you better have something on you. Besides, you know best what will entertain the most.
Whether it’s a good book, you’ve been waiting to read for a while so you’ll enjoy yourself. Another good option if you have an iPad or a laptop is downloading some tv shows or movies on Netflix before your trip.
No matter how good your phone battery or your laptop/Ipad batteries are, there are only a few chances that you don’t need to charge your electronics at all. Especially if you’re using your phone for music or playing a game. The same goes for a laptop or an iPad, especially if you’re watching tv shows.
So you have to make sure that you have all your chargers with you!
This also works for other kinds of electronics such as earphones or headphones, if you carry some.
I have the Bose Sounds Link II which I love to travel with as it partially covers the noise (not as good as the Quiet Confort but cheaper!) and has a perfect sound.
Also, there are not too tight on your ear and easy to wear even if it’s for a couple of hours.
#6 LIGHT JACKET
It can get cold up there in the sky!
If you’re visiting a cold/winter destination, you may already be wearing layers and won’t feel cold.
But, if you’re visiting a warm destination, you may already, and rightfully so, wearing your summer gear. So make sure to bring a cardigan or a light jacket to prevent you from being cold through your flight.
A hoody is also a perfect option for warm and cosy; it’s also effortless to pop on and off.
#7 WOOL SOCKS/SLIPPERS
Following up with the jacket, you should also think about your foot!
When flying for many hours, I know that I like to free my feet from my shoes.
It’s not comfortable to stay in you when you travel for more than 7hours. What I like to do is to pack some cute and comfy wool socks to wear through the flight (I put my shoes back on to go to the toilet though, because, ew)
A good option is also to wear some slippers if you’re not comfortable with the idea of just staying in socks on the plane.
#8 SPARE ITEMS OF CLOTHING
If you’re checking a bag in, you probably don’t think about your clothing items as you know you will get them back.
We often hear about missing or damaged pieces of luggage, so for all you know, you may land at your destination, but your luggage may not. It is sadly not uncommon to have missing pieces of luggage or damaged ones.
That’s why I think it’s best to be prepared just in case, bringing an extra pair of underwear and a t-shirt won’t take much more space.
Yep, toiletries. Especially if you’re on a long haul flight, you will want to refresh yourself at some point.
Spending over 7 hours on a plane or even less might make you feel a little grubby, and it’s not the most pleasant feeling when you still have a few hours of flight.
Bringing a toothbrush and a face cleanser to freshen yourself is a good idea. Some more valuable items to bring are chapstick and moisturising cream.
#10 NOTEBOOK AND A PEN
Alright, this one is a personal favourite of mine. I love taking notes or doodling or making a list while on the plane. About the upcoming trip or about whatever I can think of that I need to write it down.
You can also use a notebook as a bit of a journal to document your plane journey; it’s quite a fun thing to read a while after the trip! You could also use it to play games with your friends and family if you’re not travelling alone.
Last but not least, you’ll pretty much always need a pen at some point in the plane to fill in papers or at the airport, so it’s good to have one on you!
This wraps up my ten travel essentials to pack in your carry on for a long haul flight! If that post interested you, you might want to check my ten travel mistakes to avoid or my tips to survive a long haul flight!
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