If there’s one thing I know after the past year- it’s packing for long haul flights. After logging close to 100,000 air miles this year I know a few tricks of the trade. Unless you’re a millionaire or celebrity flying first class, sitting in a small seat for upwards of 10 hours straight can be rough. I’d say I’ve got it down about what to pack in your carry-on to make the flight as painless as possible.
Obviously there’s the basics- I always bring my computer, phone, ipad etc. But lets talk about the other things I don’t leave home without:
Notepad & Pen: You’re gonna need a pen to fill out customs documents. Too many times I had to ask the weirdo sitting next to me whos coughing all over his pen to borrow it. Won’t make that mistake again. Sitting still for 7 to 15 hours leaves you with a lot of time to think. I always use the time to set out my goals and to-do lists so make sure to have a notepad to jot it all down. I love my “It’s only Fashion (But I like it)” notepad from Smythson!
Puku Portable Charger: I love this thing. It can recharge my phone like 10 times. A must!
Good Book & Magazine: I recently read Gone Girl and actually spent the whole 11 hour flight reading it front to back. I really thought it was that good I couldn’t even put it down. Wasn’t the best use or distribution of time, but hopefully you’ll manage the time better than me.
Lip Balm: Probably the thing I use most on the plane! The recirculating air and altitude make the plane extremely dry, I find myself layering on lip balm from EOS constantly!
Headphones: Of course they always have a pair for you to use on the plane, but they are usually uncomfortable and have a 50% chance of being broken. I prefer to bring my own! Love a good leather pair like these from Barbara Bui.
Hairbrush: After sleeping in the strangest positions imaginable that you didn’t even know your body could fit into you’ll need a hairbrush! My brush of choice- Mason Pearson.
Oribe Anti Humidity Spray: It’s not a hairspray but helps your hair from getting frizzy and out of place, especially good if you’re going somewhere tropical!
Face Wash: I try to always go fresh faced make-up free on the plane if I’m flying more than 7 hours or so. When I wear makeup and let it sit for long periods of time I find myself breaking out. Towards the end of the flight I always take a water bottle (of course I’d never put the plane water on my face) and wash my face off in the bathroom beford landing. I love something refreshing like Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash.
Hand Sanitizer: I use this constantly. After everything I touch. Germaphob!
Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizing Balm: This is great for after you wash your face. It’s extremely moisturizing (you’ll need it) and also has a good tint. Not make up, not lotion but somewhere in between.
Lip Balm: Obviously I explained this one already! Super important had to add it twice. I love the little colored lip balm smooth sphere eggs from EOS.
Toothbrush & Paste: An absolute must have. Don’t forget this one
Mints: That on and off sleeping with mouth wide open- believe me you’ll be thankful you have these!
Face Mask: If you have the guts to actually wear one of these SK-II masks in the plane, your skin will thank you forever. Be prepared for the weird stares you will look like Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th lol. A less obtrusive option- Skyn Iceland Eye Patchs!
Eye Drops: When I get off the plane my eyes are so dry and red (that damn recirculating air) you’d think I just left a party with Snoop Dogg. Another absolute must.
Eye Mask: I can’t sleep unless it’s pitch black. My luck always getting the neighbor who wants to keep his light on the entire 10 hour flight I’ve realized it’s best to just have one of these to keep all the light out.
Vitamin Pack: I love Bliss Glow Sticks, they’re Powder packs full of Vitamin C and immunity building nutrients and minerals. You can go for emergen-c, airborne, etc. But make sure to have a couple of these!
Backpack: I’ve found that a backpack is my favorite type of carryon. Too many times lugging a non-roller bag running late through the airport with red marks all over my arm because it weighs like 30 lbs. Backpack is the way to go. Love my favorite leopard bag from Simone Camille.
Head pillow: It’s just not possible to sleep with the flimsy “pillow” you get on the plane. Better to have something of your own.
Travel country/city book: It’s always great to have a book about the city you’re going to visit with you on the plane. You can set out a plan and of course just make yourself more excited.
A couple other tricks not pictured– I always bring some snacks of my own. Crackers, nuts, etc. But weirdly I love bringing an avocado and a mango or two. They’re great plane food because they don’t need to be refrigerated. Avocado makes any meal better (you have no idea how jealous the seat neighbors are when I start slicing mine up), and a mango is so much better and more healthy than the chocolate sludge you get otherwise.
I really hope you guys enjoyed my packing tips! If you did please share with your friends it would mean a lot to me. And if you have any tips I didn’t think of PLEASE share them with me. Believe me I need all the tips I can get.