When it hits July each year, it seems as though every second person is jet-setting off somewhere amazing. While the idea of the actual holiday is exciting, the “getting there” part can be a bit of a drag – especially on a long flight.
Regardless of whether you’re a fan of flying or can’t stand it, if you pack your carry-on luggage correctly, it can mean the difference between a good flight experience and a bad one.
Toothbrush and toothpaste
There’s nothing worse than waking up from a long nap on a 10-hour flight with that furry teeth feeling and less than fresh breath. Depending on the airline, they may be able to provide you with a toothbrush but better to be safe than stinky!
This one is pretty important for those extra-long flights. Even though you may just be sitting in the same spot for hours on end, you’re probably not going to be feeling very fresh when you reach your destination. Since there’s no shower option on a plane, this is the next best thing.
Moisturiser and lip balm
Ir’s crazy how much travelling can have an impact on your body – including your skin! To keep your skin feeling nice and hydrated, include your favourite moisturiser and lip balm in your carry-on and apply throughout your trip. Be sure to check the airlines rules and regulations regarding liquid volumes.
If your feet are cold, there’s a good chance the rest of your body will feel it too. Even if you’re wearing open-toed shoes, throw a nice warm pair of socks in your bag that you can slide on if you need to.
Jacket or jumper
It can get a little chilly on planes and although you might be provided with a blanket, it’s a good idea to bring a comfy jumper or jacket. Something lightweight is best, so it won’t take up a ton of room and you’re prepared for any type of weather!
You don’t want to be that person with a grumbling stomach and three hours till meal time on a flight. There are usually snacks available for purchase on the plane but let’s face it, they’re overpriced and sometimes getting the attention of a flight attendant takes longer than it should.
Pack a couple of snacks in your bag so you have something readily available to you whenever you get a little peckish. Sealed food like muesli bars, chips and chocolates are usually easier to travel with but you can also bring fruit and veggie snacks – as long as you eat them before you reach your destination.
Something to read
When the in-flight entertainment gets old, it’s nice to be able to reach for a book to change things up. If you’re not huge on novels, think travel books or even a trashy magazine to keep you occupied.
Headphones or earphones
Although most airlines will provide headphones for longer flights, they’re not always the comfiest option. You’re better off investing in a decent pair of your own headphones or earphones because you’ll most likely end up becoming super invested in some random TV show during the flight. They also come in handy throughout the rest of your trip, if you ever feel like zoning out with some music or are trying to block out the sounds of your hostel roommates.
Travel journal or notebook and pen
You’d be surprised how much you can get done during a flight. Especially if you’re on a big trip and are travelling between places frequently, the plane can the perfect time to catch up on your travel journal, while everything is still fresh in your mind. It’s also good time to do some planning for your next destination, perhaps creating your itinerary or a writing to-do list for when you arrive.