Don’t forget these things in your carry-on bag to make your journey easier, simpler and much more interesting!
- A good quality sleep mask and ear plugs.
- Flight socks and a blow up neck pillow (not a foam one, as it’s a pain to carry it about!)
- Toothbrush and toothpaste. On a long haul flight it’s nice to have the option to freshen up, either on board, or after landing.
- I take one at take off to thin my blood and reduce the risk of a blood clot or DVT. It’s also important to walk about and stretch your legs as much as you can.
- A bottle of water. After security you can buy a small bottle of water to take onboard. When this runs out, just ask the crew to fill it up again. It beats the small cups they provide as standard.
- Moisturiser, eye drops and lip salve. For added skin, eye and lip hydration, just to make your flight that little bit more comfortable. If you’re a girl, having a hair tie around your wrist can also make it easy to stick your hair up and out of the way for comfort when sitting and sleeping.
- iPhone with apps and music, Kindle with books, and good quality, comfortable ear phones with an airplane converter, or a splitter if you’re travelling with someone and you want to share music.
- Clean clothes. If you have a layover, it’s nice to have some deodorant, maybe perfume, and some clean underwear and clothes to have a change if you feel the need. You might also want to get changed after landing and before meeting your family and/or friends at arrivals!
- Snacks! I usually take a little bit of chocolate to munch on whilst watching films, or whatever you fancy to make it a bit more like a treat. Just remember to ditch the leftovers if you’re going to a country that restricts these sorts of things, e.g. Australia!
- Take your chargers in your carry on, rather than checked baggage, and you can charge up your devices on the plane or at the airport.
- A pen. You will need a pen often to fill in landing cards and customs forms. Save time and having to ask someone by bringing your own!