Good morning from the South Pacific!
As I headed out for New Zealand, Samoa, and Australia, I realized this will be my 10th plane ride in seven months that lasted over 12 hours. Reading that sentence, even I realize that is a little crazy.
After all those flights, I've finally gotten a routine down and eliminated any non-essentials from my carry on. These are the items that I don't get on a plane without, no matter what. (Warning: this post contains affiliate links, but these are 100% the exact products I use and paid for myself.)
If you're planning that dream trip to the other side of the world, here's what I recommend you pack in your carry on bag:
- Portable Charger - I always have some extra battery on me (mostly because I don't want to fight anyone for a plug in an airport).
- Ear buds - Entertainment + noise blocking all in one.
- Apple MacBook + Case - I am obsessed with my new MacBook. Genuinely the lightest laptop I've ever used, and it is the key to success for staying entertained, working on the blog, and staying connected to my office. This case is cheap and has a pocket that holds my chargers and accessories.
- All-in-one worldwide travel adapter - Don't forget that even your connecting airport might have a different plug system than yours, so grab one of these.
Bring to wear:
- Ear plugs + sleeping mask - I guarantee you that your plane will be bright + noisy at some point while you're dying to sleep. Most long haul flights will give you these, but just trust me, pick up a comfortable cheap mask on the ground.
- Compression Socks - These socks make sure your blood circulates and your feet don't swell.
- Change of Clothes - *KEY TO SUCCESS* Bring a lightweight pajama set, I wear this and these. It tricks your mind into thinking its "night time", and you'll feel so much fresher when you change back into your original clothes before you land.
- Travel Pillow - I use the airline pillow as an extra seat cushion (there is no guarantee they wash those things, just saying), and bring my own microfiber pillow. You'll think the extra bulk is annoying, but it is the only way you're catching anything resembling sleep, I promise. Also, this particular one has a removable/washable cover which makes me feel better about re-use.
- Blanket scarf - I never travel without mine (even to tropical climates) because my beloved window seats can be FREEZING. So much more convenient than bringing a blanket, and it dresses you up a bit without feeling uncomfortable. My go-to version is from Zara from last year, but these are some great options as well.
How to carry it all:
- Cuyana Travel Set - the PERFECT size travel for makeup/toiletries. I pack my moisturizer, lip mask, ear plugs, sleep mask, head phones and Rx bar in the large bag and place it under my seat for easy access throughout the flight.
- Cuyana Tote Bag - the perfect size carry on.
- Away Travel - The trendiest bag on the market actually lives up to the hype. I routinely pack everything I need for 2-3 week trips in this and it fits in every overhead bin (+ built-in battery iPhone charger WHAT.)
Take care of yourself:
- Rx Bars - Emergency food without all the extra crap? Yes, please. These are a staple when I travel.
- Emergen zzzz - An easy dose of melatonin is all I need to lull me to sleep. While I don't use any sleep aids in my daily life, sometimes you just need a little help to get you on to a 13+ hour time difference. This drink form makes it easy to sip + gives you a charge of immune boosting vitamins to fight icky plane germs too. Win-win.
- Anti Nausea Medication - I get motion sick like woah. For the good of my seat mates, I always take a tab of anti-nausea meds to survive turbulence and any rough landings.
- Toothbrush - Brush your teeth after you land. Don't get stuck feeling gross because you packed your toothbrush away.
- S’well Water Bottle - Leave it empty and refill it for free once you get through security. Long flights are dehydrating x 10000 and other countries are generally not as liberal with the free water refills, so my water bottle is a MUST.
- Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask - See above re: dehydration. This is the only (non-toxic) lip balm I've found that can take that harsh recirculated air.
Let's talk about... that time of the month:
- Thinx Underwear - Just saying, I have started my period on my way onto a long-haul flight and lived to tell the tale thanks to these underwear. I don't use them alone, but they take all the stress out of the situation just in case something happens.
- Lena Cup - Honestly, I switched to this menstrual cup because I was tired of carrying boxes of tampons around the globe (valuable carry on space, yah know), but it is the key to success on a long-haul flight. It gives you 12 hours before you need to change it, so with the combination of it and Thinx, you shouldn't ever have to deal with your period on the plane itself. Total game changer.
I hope that is helpful! Stay tuned for my go-to long haul flight routine that will leave you feeling (almost) refreshed and ready to take on your destination!