A well-packed carry-on bag is essential for any long haul flight. It will help you feel more relaxed and organized and able to actually enjoy the flight. So, read ahead for our top tips for packing the perfect carry-on bag and which items will transform your flight from stressful to stress-free!
Most airlines are notorious for cranking up the air-conditioning for the entire flight, which can often leave you shivering and unable to nap. So, even if it’s hot at your destination, I really recommend taking something to wrap yourself up in during the flight. A big scarf is perfect for this as it can unfold and double-up as a blanket – great for when you’re trying to get some sleep!
Noise-cancelling or even just in-ear headphones are an absolute must for long-haul flights, especially if the plane has in-flight movies. Bringing your own headphones will ensure that you don’t have to fork out extra cash on those airlines that make you pay for their headsets, and even on the flights that don’t it’s still nice to have your own, more comfortable pair. Headphones are also great for blocking out sounds of crying babies/snorers!
Mini wash bag
To make sure you land feeling as fresh as possible, it’s a good idea to pack a wash bag with a few essentials, such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, cleanser/face wipes, moisturizer/a hydration mist (plane air-conditioning can be so drying for your skin) and baby wipes if you’re travelling with children! Just make sure all your products are 30ml or less to get through security.
It’s always handy to have something to snack on, as airline snacks can often be hugely overpriced! Try to take something easy to keep in your bag, and definitely not something with a strong smell to annoy other passengers. Things like dried fruit and cereal bars are perfect. Parents travelling with their children should definitely have some snacks on hand to keep the little ones happy!
Having a clean shirt to change into just before landing is a great way to make yourself feel more refreshed, especially if you are travelling for work and need to head straight to meetings. No one wants to stay in the shirt they’ve been wearing for hours on a stuffy plane!
A good book
Lastly, always pack a book in case the in-flight movies are rubbish! Try to pick a lightweight one for your hand luggage – maybe leave War and Peace at home… Also take a book you’ve already started reading and know you enjoy as there’s nothing worse than realising you hate the only book you have with you for the next ten or so hours!
Hopefully these little tips will help you have a more relaxing and enjoyable flight the next time you decide to fly across the world!