Let's be real, long haul flights aren't the most exciting part of your trip and sometimes they can hard to handle.
Whether it's the crying baby down the back, the neck pillow you're regretting not bringing or even the hours on end of sitting in the same spot, it can be tough.
Here are some luggage essentials every person should have in their carry-on and some handy tips for flying to help get you through those long journey's.
On most flights after checking your checked luggage, you can take 1 item of carry-on luggage to go in the overhead locker and a smaller bag to sit at your feet.
What you pack and which bags you take will be dependant on the airlines weight and size restrictions, so be sure to double check with your airline before getting to the airport.
As the bag that will sit at your feet is the most easily accessible, it should contain your most needed items for not only throughout the flight but before and after your flight as well.
Below is a handy list of must-have items to pack in your handbag or small backpack:
Noise Cancelling Headphones/Earphones
Glasses/Contacts and Case (if required)
Shawl or Small Blanket (some airlines provide you with a blanket)
Medication (if required)
Deck of Cards (great for passing time!)
The bag you put in the overhead locker will contain your larger and less frequently used items. The less you have to use this bag during the flight the better as it can be awkward and bulky.
Below is a handy list of must-have items to pack in your overhead locker bag:
A Change of Clothes (including under garments)
Change of Shoes (you may want to swap out of your sneakers and into a pair of slides or slippers for the flight)
Plastic Bag (for old clothes)
Beauty Products (if required)
Empty Water Bottle (refill at the airport before boarding)
Charger Converters (if required)
Mini First Aid Kit (be sure to double check and take out prohibited items such as scissors)
Roll On Deodorant
Clear Cosmetics Bag for toiletries
Wear comfortable clothing! Make sure the outfit you choose is comfortable and no restrictive. The aircon on the plane will be cold so layers are great for flying as you can add or subtract depending on the temperature whilst boarding, flying and disembarking.
It is so important, even when flying to keep your blood circulating throughout your body properly. The best way to do this is by getting up and walking around the cabin.
Stretching is also a great way to improve circulation and help with any stiffness or tightness your joints and muscles might be experiencing.
If you;re someone who likes to snack or needs to eat regularly definitely stock up on your favourite snacks before your flight. Most international flights provide you with meals depending on the time duration of your flight but it is always good to have some back up snacks. Generally any food or drink purchased after checking in is allowed to be taken on board.
Sleeping on planes can be hard and uncomfortable however it is the best thing to do to not only pass the time but to make sure you arrive at your destination feeling well-rested.
A neck pillow, blanket, eye mask and ear plugs are great items to help you get that much needed shut eye and do it comfortably. Brushing your teeth and using essential oils are also easy ways to help you feel fresh and relaxed.
Timing your sleep prior to your flights is also handy. Jet-lag is not fun and if you can help minimise it by staying as close to your normal sleep pattern as possible you'll feel much better upon landing.
If you plan on doing activities as soon as you land it's best to prepare while you're on the flight.
Changing into fresh clothes, brushing your hair and teeth, washing your face, putting some deodorant and perfume on and drinking water are great ways to feel refreshed after a long flight.
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