In just a few months I am planning one of my longest flights ever. I’ll be heading to Vietnam to meet some friends, but with layover, travel time will pretty close to 20+ hours. I’ve only done this once before on my trip to Australia via Hawaii where I had nice long layovers in Hawaii. I’ve been brainstorming with fellow travel bloggers and good travel friends about what I need to add to my long haul flight packing list!
I’ve always used Dove deodorant, but with the upcoming trip I’ve decided to test out their new long lasting product. Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant offers 48 hours of odor and wetness protection plus added skincare benefits of Dove 1⁄4 moisturizers and NutriumMoisture for softer, smoother underarms. I went a little over board and decided to try out three different scents. Make sure to apply this deodorant before boarding the flight, but the good news is if you want to bring it along or if you travel carry on only, it is only 2.6oz (74g) so it meets FAA regulations! Nothing worse than having your toiletries confiscated at security!
2. Snacks & Meals
People often assume that there will always be food on the planes. Never ever rely on the airline for this! Whether it is a short flight or a long haul flight. Budget airlines have really limited what they offer on board, so bring enough food to feed you for all of your meals on board. Just note that if you bring any fruits or meat you likely have to discard it before entering a new country. I also like to bring a little chocolate for the flights too. You can bring items without liquid and gel like food, but I often end up just paying a premium and purchasing at the airport.
3. Water Bottle
Bring an empty reusable water bottle with you. Once you go through security you can fill it up for free! The flight attendants can also refill it throughout your flight. I hate those silly open cups. What a disaster on a small flight, and if you hit turbulence, you better hope you have the next item on the list.
4. Change of Clothes
There are so many reasons to have a change of clothes. Spills are a perfect example. And just because YOU never spill doesn’t mean your seat mate isn’t a bit clumsy. I also tend to change clothes every twelve hours anyway, so you might want to swap outfits on a layover or if you start to feel grimy. There’s also the chance that your luggage doesn’t arrive with you, so having a spare set of clothing will be refreshing when you arrive at your destination. A lot of people flying from one climate to another like to change on board when the pilot announces last call for bathrooms. They can be comfortable for the duration of the flight, but walk of the flight looking like they were born ready.
5. Compression Socks
I’ll admit i have not tried these yet, but I have been advised by many people they are a must have for my upcoming journey. If you have any suggestions, drop them in the comments below!
6. Books & Movies
I love to read about my travel destinations before I arrive. I like a mix of historical and fiction, so I try to pick 2-3 books. I usually download them onto my iPad to save space, but for beach vacations I like to have hard copies around.
I rarely watch anything on in flight entertainment if the flights are under 4-6 hours. But for long haul flights, I like to find a few movies to download in advance. Movies in NYC are so expensive, so it’s a good chance to catch up on oscar nominated flicks. I actually still haven’t seen Bridesmaids though, so that is going on my must see list. It’s been out for years!
If you’re going to be watching movies, you need good headphones. I’m debating upgrading to noise canceling headphones for this trip, but I usually just use earbuds. Airlines are typically charging $5 if you forget yours, so make sure to bring a pair of your own!
8. Neck Pillow
There are a few variations available these days. I recently bought a memory foam neck pillow with a removable cover so I can wash it easily between trips. I found my old one hit the ground a few too many times. It also has a snap so I can just clip it on my bag. If you don’t have the room, an inflatable neck pillow might be a better option for you!
9. Lip Balm & Lotions
Flights dehydrate us. That’s no lie. We’ve already discussed the water issue, but also make sure to have other hydrating tools. I always carry a few lip balms when I travel, and it is good to have face, hand, and body lotion available.
Another popular travel item amongst my frequent flier friends are wipes. Personal hygiene and general cleansing wipes. We all know airplanes aren’t the cleanest places, so it doesn’t hurt to give everything a quick wipe before settling it. Personal hygiene wipes can also be refreshing mid journey or at the end of your long haul flight. I personally love the face wipes to make sure I’m still cleansing every 12 hours like I would on land!
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