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.
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 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 jus put them on at 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.