I recently took a real long flight – from India to USA. I had a quick layover in UAE and the flight after that… 14 hours. It killed me. I hate long flights. I mean, who doesn’t? But there are a few things you can carry with you that will add to your comfort and make you hate these flights a little less!
Let’s get started.
The very first thing for a long-haul flight – an absolute must – is a toiletry bag. This bag must contain face wipes, a toothbrush & toothpaste (though they might provide this on the flight), some hand cream and a tiny bottle of body moisturizer (our skin tends to get very dry when we’re thousands of feet above sea level, cruising through the clouds), hand sanitizer, and maybe a travel friendly face mist. Oh, and definitely a lip balm.
Another thing you should carry is a face mask. If you’re travelling first class and have a small room to yourself, you can put on a sheet mask since you won’t have to embarrass yourself looking like a ghost while you talk to your neighbors (but if it doesn’t matter and you don’t mind scaring someone off, you can wear a sheet mask even if you’re not travelling First Class. I did that once 😛 ). If not a sheet mask, you should carry a water based, clear mask that will leave you feeling fresh and skip the entire eerie part.
The third thing you must carry are a change of clothes. After the long-haul flight and uncomfortable sleep, you may want to change into a clean pair of clothes before you land. It’s always a good feeling to land feeling fresh, smelling like flowers after a long flight! Along with this, throw in a pair of thick, fuzzy socks that’ll keep you cosy in your seat.
You mustn’t forget to some gum or mints because, really, nothing feels good with a stale mouth with the taste of cabin food lingering – especially if you’re one of those people who loathes airline food.
This brings me to the fifth thing you should carry – snacks. Depending on the airline you take, you may or may not have to pay for the food, and if you do have to pay for the snacks, you might end up spending more than you intend to. When you’re on a long-haul flight, remember to carry snacks, snacks and some more snacks because what if you have to pay for every peanut packet you want? What if you don’t like any of the food? Starving yourself on an already-uncomfortable flight isn’t the best idea…
Along with the snacks, carry a water bottle (try those collapsible bottles). Refill it after the security check and then stuff it in your carry on to use on the flight. Having your own bottle is not only convenient but you also end up doing good to the environment by not asking for bottled water! This could be added to my list of things we can do to help our planet.
When it comes to gizmos, carry your laptop and headphones. The laptop can be used for work, sure, but what if the in-flight entertainment system doesn’t have your favourite show on it? It’s always safer to download a few episodes, maybe an entire season, for you to binge on this voyage. If you don’t want to carry a laptop, maybe download these episodes on your tablet/iPad or even your phone if you want to watch something specific without fail. Also, do not forget to carry your charging cables! You’re going to need them. You can even carry a power bank in your carry on (do not put this in your check in bags).
I also recommend carrying a book you’ve been wanting to complete / start because the silence (when the rest of the passengers are either watching movies or sleeping) might have you wanting to read more than you usually would read elsewhere. I don’t know, I think it’s fun to read on flight. Comment below if you do too!
Lastly (& definitely), carry an eye mask and ear plugs so you can be comfortable while you sleep, even if it’s only for a few hours. I love taking night flights because then I get to sleep for a good amount of time. You’re probably wondering how I deal with the jetlag that follows… I use a prescribed medicine that helps me sleep. However, I do not take more than two pills (one on the first day and one the day after, that’s it).
So, this was it for the long-haul flight essentials. But wait. There’s more. Want a few more tips for such flights? Things that no one tells you? Sign up to my mailing list and get exclusive information!
Let me know in the comments below what you bring in your carry on while travelling and what your preferred flight timings are! I’d love to hear from you!