How to Pack a Carry on Bag for a Long Haul Flight

Whether it's a long haul flight or a short one, we all like to over pack, which we end up regretting after the plane journey. There are some essentials you should consider taking on a long haul flight with you:


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    Pick a bag. You want to pick a comfy bag that doesn't hurt your shoulders, but is also nice looking and trendy. However, remember not to have a very expensive one, or it could get stolen.
    • A rucksack is a good choice for a bag. It has lots of pockets and is easy to carry.
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    Wear comfy and warm clothes. Try a track suit, leggings that aren't too tight and a vest top with a jacket in case it's cold on the plane.
    • Don't wear a mini skirt or shorts even if you are going to a hot country. Long haul flights can be uncomfortable, and if you want to sleep on the plane, it will be harder to do so in shorts and a mini skirt.
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    Think about what you're going to take with you. Remember to think about keeping it simple and not over packing. Things to consider are:
    • Gadgets- iPad, kindle, 3DS, camera, computer, phone, etc. (If you don't have any of these, then don't worry. You don't need them.)
    • A journal- it may sound silly, but it's a good thing to record what you did on your "holiday" when you go. It's also good entertainment for the plane.
    • An eye mask, ear plugs, a mini pillow and/or a blanket and comfy bed socks. You wouldn't need these sleep items if you were going on a short flight, but on a long haul flight, it's nice to sleep on the plane. You don't have to take all of this but it's nice to have some of this. Usually, the plane provides a pillow and blanket, but in case yours doesn't, you can take these items.
    • Moisturizer, pot of face wash, hand cream, hand sanitizer, roll on, deodorant, mini bottle of perfume, lip stain, concealer, mascara and wet wipes. Put in a Ziploc bag if you're taking liquids that aren't in your suitcase. You could also put a mini fold up brush in there along with a travel toothbrush and toothpaste and anything else you might want to freshen up after your flight.
    • Feminine products- Us girls have to stay fresh and it's always good to have them in there just in case.
    • Purse and passport- It's always good to have a purse to keep your money in, and you have to have your passport so you can go on holiday.
    • Accessories- These are things like headphones, a pen, a scrapbook to scribble in, a bobble on your wrist, your sunglasses and your sun hat.
    • Snacks. Try buying sweets or snacks at the airport because the airplane food isn't the best. Sweets, cereal bars, a sandwich, and a non fizzy drink at the airport are good choices.
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    Pack light and smart. Don't overpack, but use all the pockets in the bag.


  • Keep the Ziploc bag at the top of your bag. This way, you can easily grab it when going through security.
  • Pack your hand luggage the night before and make a list of what you put in it. This way, you can check it before you leave.
  • Drink lots of water when on the plane. It will keep your body and face hydrated.
  • Get lots of sleep the night before you leave to go on your trip.
  • Before you get off the plane, organize your bag again.
  • If you take your shoes off when you are on the plane, try putting them back on about 10-15 minutes before you leave.
  • Try to get at least 4-5 hours of sleep on a long haul flight. This way, you will be awake when you land.
  • Label luggage before you leave. You don't want your bag to be mixed up with someone else's
  • Keep all your small essentials in a smaller bag; that way you won't be digging around your things.

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