I’ve been on a good amount of flights since my first one in 1994, but none of them have anything on the 9+ hours to Greece or 15+ hour flight I’ll be taking to Thailand. The red eye to Athens was slightly rough, but I survived! If you’re planning to take a long haul flight and not sure what to bring, here are some to keep in mind.
What to Wear on a Long Haul Flight
If you’re going on a long haul flight, make sure you’re comfortable. I usually wear a track suit and comfortable footwear, but when the weather is warm, you can find me in some workout clothes.
Long Haul Flight Essentials
Below are my top ten long haul flight essentials that are usually packed in my carry-on luggage or personal item.
Whether I am bringing a carry-on or packing in my personal bag, toiletries are a must to look and feel fresh post flight. Pack basic toiletries like toothpaste and toothbrush, soap, lotion, and a face mist or sheet mask to keep your skin hydrated.
Coming at a close second, snacks are essential because airplane food is not the best. If there are any specific food restrictions based on allergies or diet, make sure to let the airline know before the flight when booking or checking in. Otherwise, bring along your favorite packaged snack to eat. Snacks are a must long haul flight essential when booking budget airlines since food is not included.
Hand Sanitizer and Disenfecting Wipes
There are so many germs on the plane! Bring disinfecting wipes to wipe down your tray table and arm rest. This will definitely come in handy if you’re traveling with kids. If you happen to use the restroom, make sure to have hand sanitizer in your personal or carry-on item. Not everyone washes their hands after using the bathroom.
Eye masks are one of my favorite long haul flight essentials because they keep incoming light away from your eyes, helping you sleep better. For someone that works all day and often has a red-eye, it helps me go to sleep faster. You need to be well-rested and adjust to the new time to avoid jet lag.
Travel Blanket and Neck Pillow
To avoid the bobble head effect and sleep comfortably, a neck pillow is a great option. Purchase one with an attachment or hook for your carry-on or personal item so they don’t get lost.
Never assume the blankets and pillows on your seat are new because they’re packaged; they’re just recycled from previous passengers. I’ve been on some COLD flights. Bring a travel blanket to keep yourself warm and to avoid an unexpected surprise.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
Noise canceling headphones help reduce the sound of chatty patty and crying babies. You can also try using ear plugs since they are more cost effective.
If you use your phone or electronic device as a form of entertainment, pack a battery power bank. You can also research if your plane has electronic outlets available on the seats or entertainment screen.
If you suffer from blood clots, purchase some Compression socks. Compression sock are good long haul flight essentials because they are designed to help maintain blood flow and reduce discomfort and swelling in your legs.
If you are like me, you probably get bored easily. Bring a book, tablet, Kindle, laptop, iPad, portable game or something to keep you occupied. This will make the time pass by quicker.
Did I miss anything? What are some of your long haul flight essentials?