We leave for Italy tomorrow, and I’ll be working up to that very morning! It is so important to me to be packed and ready ahead of time, and it got me thinking: What are my long haul flight essentials?
When I first started traveling internationally, I did a lot of web searching to find what my fave travel bloggers relied on for long-haul flights. My list is a few I discovered through them, and a few I’ve discovered myself along the way!
In the beginning, I was probably over prepared. I had a bag full of items with little to no value adding weight to my trusty Lo and Sons OG Bag, and that was not ideal when I found myself running through an airport in Germany to catch my flight with mere minutes to spare!
And so, I give you some of the things I keep in my “personal item” to make sure I’m ready for anything and flying comfortably, even if I’m just another peasant in Economy. This list of Long Haul Flight Essentials gives you a great foundation, as you embark on your next adventure!
- Johnson and Johnson Red Cross Travel First Aid Kit: I have one of these in my car, in my work backpack, and in my Lo and Sons bag. It’s great for when little things happen here and there while you’re on your adventures and has just enough basics in case you find yourself nursing a blister, small laceration, or other small injuries/wounds.
2. Monistat Care Chafing Relief Powder Gel: This is a new favorite of mine! Not only is it great for long days walking miles in cute dresses (I’m coming for you, Tuscany wine tasting), but it’s also great to use on your heels and toes to avoid blisters when wearing shoes that have “rubbing” issues! Its a clear gel that goes on smoothly, with a powder-finish. I’ve applied in the morning and its done its job all day long! Its affordable, a tube goes a long way, and its a legit life saver!
3.Colgate Wisp Disposable Waterless Toothbrush: Another item I keep in the car, and everywhere else! These little miracles have a cool gel toothpaste “pearl” in the middle of the bristles, and a floss pick at the end! They’re great for keeping things fresh mid-flight, and also while running around and exploring all day. I love these for my long 12-16 hour shifts at work, and they’re great on those 12-16 hour international flights, too! They’re also super affordable, and available in the toothpaste aisle of most stores in packs of four to twenty-four. They’re life changing!
4. Aquaphor Lip Repair: Ok, I’m noticing most everything I recommend for long flights translate to things I use for my long shifts at work! This product is no exception! Long-lasting moisture, colorless, and healing when you find yourself with cracked or extra-dry lips! Bonus, you can use it on any injuries, burns, or dry/cracked skin! It’s not just for lips! It’s also great for an overnight lip treatment! You’ll find these scattered around my bags, nightstand, luggage, and car!
5. Lysol Disinfectant Spray-Travel Size: I watched an episode of Undercover Boss with an airline, and saw that they usually have about 5 minutes to “clean” planes in between trips. I like to carry this baby bottle of Lysol to spray down my seat-back tray and seat, just to make sure I can eliminate some of the germs in the vicinity. Planes are pretty much Petri dishes! While I’m not under any illusions that I can avoid germs altogether, it gives me some small comfort to have this on hand….especially when I get seated next to that cough/sneeze/hack person (you know the one, lol)!
6.Mario Bedescu Facial Spray: Amazing for spritzing to keep your skin moisturized on extra-dry flights and full of feel-good ingredients like aloe, rosewater, and herbs for a refresher before, during, and after flights! Bonus points for the amazing smell!
7.Say Yes to Tomatoes Charcoal Cleansing Wipes: I like to “freshen up” as we begin our descent, and these wipes are super cleansing but don’t leabe my skin feeling super dry or irritated, which is great! Typically, I use one of these before a spritz of my facial spray so I can at least look like I am ready for anything when I land!
8. Compression Socks: These are not the most comfortable thing ever, but they’re highly recommended to avoid blood clots, which long flights with a lot of sitting increase the risk for. I go between using compression socks and compression leggings to help me beat some of the fatigue/swelling some people experience in these instances. You can find them in lots of fun colors and patterns, and it’s always smart to keep a clean pair in your bag, just in case!
9. Tide Pen and Travel Detergent: Ever had someone accidentally slosh their complimentary red wine while enjoying your airplane food (no? Just me?)? If so, you’ll appreciate the convenience of these products! I keep a tide pen in my purse and my personal item so I can always handle any little spills/stains right away, and these detergent packets are great in flight or while in your hotel/Airbnb so you can hand wash as soon as possible to keep everything looking bright and clean!
10. Sheet Masks: I love, love, LOVE Dr. Jart sheet masks (which are a little pricey), or these cool Korean sheet masks to throw in my bag and use on long haul flights! #NoShame I especially prefer hydrating/brightening formulas to feel refreshed on the go, and they are a great option for combatting dry or fatigued skin from jetlag or travel stress, too!
Obviously, I’m a big fan of multi-purpose products! It’s great to be able to have things on hand that have multiple uses and keep your bag light, and efficient! These are just some of my long haul flight essentials! You may find as you travel more and more that some of these items serve no purpose for you, and that others you can’t live without! It’s all about trial and error, and we all have different priorities and packing styles-so you’ll always be able to adjust according to your lifestyle and preferences!
As I travel, I find new items that are bag worthy, and others slowly get phased out…and I love that!
What are some of your long haul flight essentials? Tell me in the comments!
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