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.

Long haul flight hand luggage

Here is a checklist of the things I used in my hand luggage:

  • sunglasses
  • make-up removal wipes
  • good facial moisturiser (can also use as hand cream)
  • lip gloss
  • toothbrush, toothpaste + dental floss
  • deoderant
  • tissues
  • compact hairbrush or comb
  • hair tie
  • hand sanitiser
  • disinfectant wipes (I like to wipe down the table tray + arm rests)
  • pen
  • beanie
  • large warm scarf (doubles as a blanket)
  • mints
  • water bottle (you can get this filled up on the plane)

Hot Tip

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!

Hand luggage

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!

Trina xx




Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Please follow and like us:
Long haul flight survival
Tagged on:                     

2 thoughts on “Long haul flight survival

  • November 13, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    I agree to the extra change of clothes – for you and kiddos. I have had kids vomit or drop food on their clothes. I personally had someone in front of me sit back hard in their seat which made the beverage on my tray spill into my lap – so grateful for the change of clothes as 24 hrs of travel in wet, sticky pants would have been nasty. We always travel with an ipad for each of our kids – moreso for something to do in airports. Ongoing supply of snacks and movies and my girls are good for those long hauls (something we would not obviously do in the normal day to day) – so they can’t wait to fly next!

  • November 13, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    By the way, I like the beanie recommendation. I’ll need to try that one.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Spread the word and subscribe :)