Long-Haul Flight Essentials: An International Flight Packing List

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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

Long-Haul Flight Essential #1 – Headphones

I don’t like sticking things in my ear so I go with headphones. I use my Sudio Regent headphones and I really like them. Of course, I’d love some Bose ones but for the meanwhile, these keep out the sound and look great. Headphones are definitely one of my most important long-haul flight essentials. I always hate it when airlines charge for earbuds or headphones!

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Long-Haul Flight Essential #2 Stasher Bags

I like to keep my things organized and I have been trying to reduce my usage of one time plastics so I am trying to use fewer Ziploc bags and using Stasher reusable bags. I use snack sized ones to separate my jewelry or for snacks. And I use large ones for when I have wet swimwear. So many uses!

Stasher Bag

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Long-Haul Flight Essential #3 – Eyemask

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.

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Long-Haul Flight Essential #4 – My Quart Bag For Toiletries

I have several. I have one by Muji but I also have a super colourful one (read: easy to find) by Flight 001 as seen above.


Long-Haul Flight Essential #Toothpaste

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.

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Long-Haul Flight Essential #6 – Toothbrush

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 portable charger along.


Long-Haul Flight Essential #7 – Reusable Water Bottle

Recently, I bought a personal Brita water bottle and am loving it! I try to find water fountains so that I can fill up and avoid buying bottles of water. I was told by my flight attendant friends to avoid drinking the water they have on planes, so I do! Many foreign countries don’t recycle as much as we do at home so I like to lessen my impact when I’m travelling. I was in Spain for a few months and their tap water was great so I never buy bottled water when I’m there.

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Long-Haul Flight Essential #8 – Antibacterial Cream or Spray

Goes without saying!

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Long Haul Flight Essential #9 – Tide 2 Go

Because I am kind of sloppy!

Tide Pen

Long-Haul Flight Essential #10 – Makeup Remover Wipes

Bioderma ones are gold. Pricey but so worth it.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Wipes


Long-Haul Flight Essential #11 – Sheet Mask

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.

Long Haul Flight Essential - Sheet Mask

Long-Haul Flight Essential #12 – Evian Spray

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.

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Long-Haul Flight Essential #13 – iPad

For long-haul flights, I download books and magazines. Sometimes I will carry a book but I hate the extra weight. I was reading an article that some airlines are considering getting rid of in-flight entertainment so this will solve that situation!

Lifeproof Ipad Mini Case

Long-Haul Flight Essential #14 – iPhone

I can’t live without mine. Sad but true. I just got the 7 plus and the camera is amazing.

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Long-Haul Flight Essential #15 – External Battery Charger

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.

Anker External Battery Charger

Long-Haul Flight Essential #16 – 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.

Long-Haul Flight Essential #17 – Compression Socks

I have asked a handful of travellers 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.

Long-Haul Flight Essential: Compression Socks

Long-Haul Flight Essential #18 – Snacks

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.

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Long-Haul Flight Essential #19 Deodorant

I buy the travel sized deodorant so it fits in my 3-1-1 bag.

Long Haul Flight Essential: Deodorant

Long-Haul Flight Essential #20 – Perfume

I use this super portable solid fragrance by Diptyque. Lasts forever too!

Diptyque solid fragrance

Long-Haul Flight Essential #21 – Lip Balm

My lips were a nightmare in Spain and Morocco. It was so dry there. So Carmex saved me.


Long-Haul Flight Essential #22 – Easy On and Off Shoes & Socks

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.

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Long-Haul Flight Essential #23 – Bellroy Passport Wallet

Bellroy elements travel wallet

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.

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Scarf or Sarong

I always get cold. Sometimes I pack several scarves if they are light and sometimes I will just use my sarong.

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What are your long-haul flight essentials? Share in the comments with me!





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