Long Haul Flight Essentials Packing List: What I Bring And Wear On Long Flights
Are you heading out on a long haul flight soon? Last fall I flew from San Diego to Spain and I wanted to share a packing list of my long-haul flight essentials. I test out a lot of products to see what works for me and my situation so this list tends to be my go-to items to ensure a comfortable flight no matter the length.
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My Long Haul Flight Essentials Packing List
I don’t like sticking things in my ear so I go with headphones. I have had my Zinken headphones by Urban Ears and they have treated me really well. For the price and color options, they are great. Definitely an important long-haul flight essential. I always hate it when airlines charge for earbuds or headphones!
I like to keep things organized so I carry many different Ziploc bags in different sizes and weigh next to nothing. I use snack sized ones to separate my jewelry. I use large ones for when I have wet swimwear. So many uses!
If I’m doing an overnight flight, a sleep eye mask is essential. To keep the light out because I always sit at the window! This is also important for your accommodations. Who knows what kind of window covers apartments have, etc.
I have several. I have one by Muji but I also have a super colorful one (read: easy to find) by Flight 001 as seen above.
I have been buying this one by Tom’s of Maine. It’s bigger than the travel ones you buy but will last way longer and can technically be brought in your carry-on.
I pack my Sonicare always! I don’t pack the whole charging system but a single charge lasts a few weeks. So depending on the trip I’ll just take my brush or the portab
I recently bought a personal Brita water bottle and am loving it! I try to find a water fountain so I can fill up but sometimes I do buy a bottle of water. I was told by my flight attendant friends to avoid drinking the water they have on planes. Lots of foreign countries don’t recycle as much as we do at home so I like to lessen my waste. I was in Spain for a few months and their tap water was great.
Goes without saying!
Because I am kind of sloppy!
Bioderma ones are gold. Pricey but so worth it.
Yes, I am that person and I put on a mask during the flight. Dr. Jart moisturizing ones are amazing. Other options are Say Yes brand.
One of our family members is a pilot and he said how dry the air is and how we should keep hydrated and moisturized. Dry air and membranes are more susceptible to illness. I believe him! I just bring one. It’s handy for cleansing my skin too when I can’t get to a sink.
I download books and magazines for long flights. I sometimes will carry a book but I hate the weight. I was reading an article that some airlines are considering getting rid of in-flight entertainment. This will solve that situation!
I can’t live without mine. Sad but true. I just got the 7 plus and the camera is amazing.
I have an Anker one like this one. Some planes don’t have a plug at the seat and this will keep you charged up for most of your flight. This is not only one of my long-haul flight essentials but every day essential. My phone battery is pretty crap so I have one with me at all times.
Mini Makeup Bag
I do carry a makeup bag but I’ll just pare down in a smaller bag for my flight. I freshen up before I land. Who knows what handsome men I might see or fall in love with? Ha! I carry mascara, blush, bb cream, powder, eyelash curler, and eyeliner.
I have asked a handful of travelers that I know for their jet lag reduction tips and one of them was compression socks or even leggings. These help with blood circulation when sitting down for so long. I love them! I usually just put them on in my seat and take them off before I get off the plane. This has definitely become one of my long-haul flight essentials.
Everything at the airport is heavily taxed so I try to make sure I bring some snacks for my trips. I will buy pre-packaged nuts and whatnot at Trader Joes.
I buy the travel sized deodorant so it fits in my 3-1-1 bag.
I use this super portable solid fragrance by Diptyque. Lasts forever too!
My lips were a nightmare in Spain and Morocco. It was so dry there. So Carmex saved me.
Not every country makes you take off shoes but I hate having to unlace and lace up. Even if it’s warm I wear Birkenstock with socks. Yes, I’m that person. Or I wear slip-on shoes/boots. But the thought of walking the airport floor without socks makes me grossed out.
What I Wear For Long Flights
I tend to dress in layers no matter where I’m going. If it’s cold I’ll wear a long sweater with my leggings. If it’s warm I’ll wear a tank top layered underneath a button up. Leggings or loose pants are easy and comfortable and not constrictive for long flights.
Scarf or Sarong
I always get cold. Sometimes I pack several scarves if they are light and sometimes I will just use my sarong.