As exciting as a trip overseas is, the flight can be quite exasperating considering the long hours and crammed seating. To make your journey more comfortable, here’s a quick list of things you should pack in your carry-on bag. That way, you will have whatever you need without having to purchase it from the airport at thrice the price.
Take a look at the best travel items for long flights that you can pack in your hand luggage.
1. Travel Pillow:
Whether you’re exhausted or not, sleep is pretty much the only escape within the confines of an airplane 30,000 feet above the ground. If you’re not traveling by business or first class, you will need a travel pillow for a comfortable neck support (and also to prevent you from dozing off on the shoulder of the passenger sitting next to you.)
Yes, airlines give you a pair of headphones, but isn’t it better to use your own ones? You can connect it to your screen or plug it in to your phone or other device. Besides, what’s better than setting out on a trail of imagination with the background score of your choice while staring at the sky? If possible, get yourself a pair of noise cancellation earphones. You can thank us later!
3. Earplugs & Eye Mask:
Like and old evergreen couple, the earplugs and eye mask are inseparable. Until you put them on and zone out. They cut through the wails of a cranky baby and the abrupt sunlight piercing through the window when a fellow passenger lifts the shutter while you’re asleep.
Remember, you are allowed to carry only 100ml of liquids. Make sure you have a small bottle of hand sanitizer, a tiny roll-on deodorant if available, your essential medicines, wet wipes, a toothbrush and toothpaste if you have a stopover after a long flight, and whatever else you may need.
You may not always enjoy the on-flight entertainment you’re offered. And if it is a domestic flight, then none at all. To save yourself from the potential boredom, carry a book or Kindle to finally start the book you’ve been wanting to read, and load up your smartphone or tablet with your favourite music, TV shows and movies.
6. Charger or Power-bank:
Needless to say, you are bound to drain out the battery of your phone with all the reading and music. Carry your charger with you so that you can top up your phone battery on your flight as and when you like. Moreover, he airline authorities won’t let you keep your power-bank, i.e., portable charger or any other battery-operated item in your check-in luggage. So instead of the last minute airport chaos, pack your charging devices in your cabin bag.
While airplanes will serve small eats off and on, its always good to be stocked up on little things to nibble on, especially if you don’t like the on-flight meal. A few chocolates, biscuits gum and mint will do the trick.
8. Extra Pair of Clothes:
The person sitting next to you accidently elbowed you while removing something from his bag. You were holding a glass of apple juice, which is now all over your t-shirt. Moral of the story: It’s always better to pack an extra t-shirt and a pair pants.
We hope this doesn’t happen to you, but there is a likelihood of your check-in bag going missing due to several reasons. An extra change of clothes will come to the rescue.
9. A Jacket and a Pair of Socks:
Airplanes tend to get very chilly after a few hours, and the blanket they provide you with may not suffice. It’s always better to carry an extra layer, like a jacket, sweatshirt or hoodie to keep you warm. A pair of socks also do wonders in maintaining the body temperature and preventing you from turning into a blob of ice.
10. Essential Documents & Stationery:
Last but not the least, don’t forget to carry your passport, insurance papers, flight tickets and other important documents in your handbag. Also remember to carry a paper and pen to fill your immigration forms.