So here’s the thing; there are different things to pack in your carry on depending on the length of your flight and where you are traveling to. When I am on a long flight, I always have the same things packed in my purse and in my carry-on luggage. I am heading off on a long trip this week and am prepping by going to various stores to make sure I am ready to go!
Always always always bring your favorite eye creme & moisturizers on the plane. Airplanes are known for dry air, which means dry skin. In order to conquer dry, lifeless skin pack your creams in your “under the seat” carry-on. This way it is easily accessible for you at any time of your flight! Even if you are stuck on the window seat next to some strangers. Some of my favorite travel items include Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask, Monat Reuivinque Oil, and Estée Lauder Resilience Lift Creme. I am very sensitive to smell, and these products smell so good! The Jet Lag masque has a nice minty fresh smell, the Rejuvinique smells like fresh lemons, and the eye cream like roses. Such a great combination!
Planes are not exactly made for comfort. I like to bring things with me that I know will help me to feel a bit cozier when I know I am going to be stuck in one place for a long time. My absolute favorite thing to bring on a long flight are fuzzy socks. Not only do they help keep you warm, but they are super cute! I also bring a neck pillow. I use it around my neck when I try to sleep, and on my lap for a more comfortable arm rest. The next important thing to bring is a blanket. Don’t go too crazy on this one since it can easily take up a lot of space, but bring something that is softer than the ones provided on the plane and can keep the blasting AC off of your body.
Now that you are physically comfortable, it is time to get mentally comfortable! Step one for me is always sanitizing my seat. Grab some “to-go” wipes from your local store and wipe down your seat, the arm of the seat, the tray, and the window (if you’re on a window seat). Germs are definitely high on the plane, so giving my seat a quick clean makes me feel a little bit better about being there. Also, if you have anxiety or even just a hard time relaxing on a plane, essential oils are a great way to take a deep breath without feeling like you are smelling everyone’s odor around you. I like to choose a calming lavender or chamomile scent.
Food & Snacks
Snacks are very important on a long flight. The food provided on airplanes is often poorly cooked, processed, non-nutritional, and makes you feel gross. It is important to eat nutritious foods and drink plenty of water! I like to pack almonds, rice cakes, carrots with hummus, grapes, and occasionally a few slices of my favorite cheese. I like to think these trick my mind into thinking I’m already at my hotel destination.
Your overhead bag is the perfect place to bring things that you will need once you are off the plane, not on the plane. This is where I pack things that I know I would need the first couple days just in case my luggage were to get lost or be delayed.
- 1 Basic T-Shirt
- 1 “Going Out” Shirt
- 1 Pair of Pants
- 1 Pair of Shorts
- 1 Dress
- 1 Jacket
- Heels (stiletto, wedges, etc.)
- 1 Simple Piece of Jewelry
For this vacation, my carry-on on clothes include a bikini, a sundress, a sun hat, and motion sickness pills. Can you guess where I am off to?