As you’ll know if you read my last post – Packing For An Overseas Trip – as you’re reading this I will be in South Korea! Today, I thought I’d share my in-flight essentials for a long haul flight, which, let’s be real, is any flight out of Australia, so I’ve got this pretty much down pat.
Take a backpack as carry on. Don’t bother with a small suitcase unless you absolutely need it and forget your handbag. Backpacks are lighter as they distribute weight more evenly, are easily accessible in flight as you can have them by your feet, hold a lot and keep your hands free. My canvas bag is from Miniso and I really love it. You can also use your backpack as a day bag when you are overseas too!
I always take a small bag with essentials in it for the flight, which include face wipes, a hydrating mist, lipbalm, hand cream, hand sanitiser, deodorant, toothbrush/toothpaste, any medication I might need and painkillers. You’ll never know when you’re going to want or need these things so it’s just easier to have them on you! I also take all the liquids mentioned in a clear bag so I can easily pull it out at customs.
To make sure you get some sleep, pack an eye mask. You may get annoyed by lights or the entertainment so just throw one in and guarantee yourself a good rest.
2 x Headphones
I get really sore ears after wearing earbuds for a long time, so I always pack headphones as well. This way I can cancel out sound and switch between the pairs so I’m ready for anything. Sounds extra, but especially on a red-eye flight it is super essential.
I like to take my tablet on board with enough music, movies, games and books to keep me occupied for the whole flight. I also bring a portable charger with me to keep me going. Some of my fave in-flight apps are sudoku, temple run, puzzles, crosswords and sketchbooks.
Blow Up Head Pillow
You can get these from anywhere (mine is from Miniso) and they crumple into nothing but will save your life on a flight. Having a pillow is just such a crucial part of having a good sleep, so if you can fit one in your bag, why not?
Planes get super cold so keep yourself warm and comfy with a pair of woollen socks.
Change of Underwear
You just never know! You’d rather carry it and not need it than need it and not have it!
Wallet for Travel Documents
Have a pouch to chuck your passport and tickets in so they’re all in one place. Instead of rummaging through your bag for the document you need, it will always be in one place.
Notebook & Pen
For thoughts, notes and important information, it’s always handy to have a notebook and crucial to have a pen. There are always forms you need to fill out so it just makes sense to have a couple on you!
Save yourself some money and bring a cheap, plastic water bottle (1L or more) from outside the airport and go through customs with it empty. They charge a fortune for water at airports so you can just bring your own and refill it!
What do you bring on overseas flights?