Carry-on travel essentials for a long flight

Anyone who knows me knows the following statement to be true: I LOVE FLYING. It’s my favourite way to travel and I often choose it over seemingly cheaper/easier solutions. Although having said that, I’ve never flown to Paris…..interesting.

Anyway, long-haul is the crème de la crème for me. The longer the better (I genuinely looked forward to my flight home from Australia.) Every time I book flights I get a little flutter of excitement.

Why? Well, I guess the Virgo in me adores the structure and rigid organisation of the airport, the child in me adores the thrill of take-off and landing and the stressed internet-addicted blogger in me adores the unadulterated excuse to have zero contact with the outside world.

But I know I’m in the minority here. The stats tell me so and so do my friends 😉 So, this post is going to tell you exactly how you can make your long-haul flight less stressful, and dare I say it – dreamier — by packing my carry-on flight essentials.

Something you want

Sleep and relaxation……

I don’t know many people who don’t want to sleep on a flight, and I’m no exception. I’ve never found those fancy blow-up pillows to be any good, so I stick to my trusty blanket scarf. I bundle it up, pop it next to my head and snooze as best as I can.

A few other luxuries I love to take with me are my favourite essential oil (I love chamomile or lavender), my sleep mask and my favourite Nuxe face mask (yep, I’m that girl…..)  

Something you need

Hydration and health……

I have to admit I’m partial to the in-flight food and wine. But salty food and dehydrating alcohol are hella crappy for your sleep opportunities (not to mention your skin) so I always take a reusable water bottle so I don’t have to rely on those teeny-tiny plastic cups the cabin crew give you.

It’s also worth packing some painkillers in your bag, as well as something to help you cope with sickness or anxiety (if that’s something you suffer from.) I find that whatever essential oil I take is great for this too.

Something to wear

Comfy and casual……

Okay, I’m gonna tell you a secret here. I NEVER wear trainers on a plane. Know why? Because apparently that means you’ll never get upgraded. BUT I always wear comfy shoes. Whether it’s ballet pumps (yep, I still rock those) in spring or some ankle boots in winter, they’ll be easy to slip on and off and be comfy as fook too.

Light layers are also pretty key. I stick to leggings over jeans and cotton t-shirts and cashmere jumpers over shirts, or hoodies. Actually, I don’t own a hoody!

Something to read

Be it light, be it long…..

Since having a baby I have to admit that I am WAY behind on reading anything more than a tweet. My attention span is so short these days and I tend to waste my time faffing or cleaning (yuk) while Anaïs naps.

But a long-haul flight is the PERFECT time to catch up with some light reading…..ahem……or whatever feminist book I’m currently reading. And I actually think that’s what everyone should do too; take that great chunky novel you have been desperate to get stuck into, but have a couple of chill magazines too.

What are your essentials for long flights?

L x


Lucy Lucraft
Lucy Lucraft

Lucy is a freelance journalist, blogger and podcaster based in Brighton, UK.

She started this blog in 2013 and is the host of blogging podcast What She Said.

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1 Comment

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