We have just enjoyed a four week family holiday to Europe. It was the very first time I had been out of Australia, so it was quite the adventure for me! I did a lot of research into how to survive a long haul flight before we left. As a consequence, I packed a backpack with all sorts of things! Some were very useful, while other things I didn’t use at all.
Now that we are home, I would like to share with you what I would take with me next time – and avoid over-packing!
All of the things I will suggest to you were in my backpack, but so were lots of other things! Things I didn’t use but carried around with me for four weeks. Next time my bag for the plane will be much lighter.
When I say “long haul flight”, I mean long haul! If you are Australian or have ever travelled to Australia you will know what I mean. Australia is a very long way away from the USA and Europe.
We left Melbourne, Australia at 10pm one Friday night. We endured a 14 hour flight to Abu Dhabi where we had a 2 hour stopover. We reboarded the plane for another 8 hour flight to London, UK. It was 24 hours of travel.
You don’t have much room on the plane (in economy class!). I put my backpack by my feet so that I could easily access all my things. This worked well even though it reduced my leg room.
Here is a checklist of the things I used in my hand luggage:
- make-up removal wipes
- good facial moisturiser (can also use as hand cream)
- lip gloss
- toothbrush, toothpaste + dental floss
- compact hairbrush or comb
- hair tie
- hand sanitiser
- disinfectant wipes (I like to wipe down the table tray + arm rests)
- large warm scarf (doubles as a blanket)
- water bottle (you can get this filled up on the plane)
I use the beanie for when I am sleeping. I find that it blocks out light and sound and keeps me warm. Add ear plugs if you want to. Sleeping with my beanie is better than an eye mask because it goes all the way around my head and I pull it down over my eyes (I’m not there to look good!). Don’t knock it til you try it!
Optional: novel or Kindle or other reading material. I took a book but found that I couldn’t be bothered reading on the overnight flights. The inflight movies, music and tv shows were enough for me.
Also: I packed a spare set of underwear, leggings and a t-shirt just in case of lost luggage or spills on the plane. These items I just rolled up and placed them at the bottom of my backpack. It’s a “just in case” strategy that is a good idea if you have the room.
I hope this helps you on your next long haul flight!