Most of us don’t have the pleasure of travelling to far-flung destinations on a regular basis. So when we do, the experience can take us a little by surprise. Usually we’re so focused on what we need when we get there, that we give little thought to the flight, and the small things that can make a long-haul journey more bearable.
So, if you’re planning a long flight this summer, here’s the top 10 must-have items to pack in your hand luggage:
1. Loose, and warm clothing
Don’t board a long-haul flight in tight clothing. The chances are your body will expand as the flight progresses, and you’ll start to feel very uncomfortable. Wear loose clothing, such as jogging bottoms or trousers with an elasticated waist. It’s also advisable to take warm clothing, just in case the aircraft is cold.
2. Sanitiser/ bacterial wipes
Did you know that your fold-down table is one of the most bug-ridden parts of the plane, other than the lavatory? Enough said!
Some people swear by chewing vitamin C tablets during long haul flights to give their immune system a little extra assistance. The last thing you want to do is ruin the start of your holiday feeling unwell.
Take paracetamol and ibuprofen with you, just in case you start to feel ill. And if you’re travelling with children, some medicine for them is a must.
5. Flight socks and flip-flops
Not only do flight socks help prevent deep-vein thrombosis, they also help prevent your feet and ankles from becoming too swollen. It’s also worth taking a pair of flip-flops in your hand luggage, just in case you are one of the unlucky passengers who can’t get their shoes back on when the flight lands!
6. Battery pack
If you’re taking a tablet, Kindle, laptop, or other electronic device on board, make sure they are fully charged before you set off, and take a back-up battery pack. This is especially important if you are traveling with a child who is relying on watching those CBeebies episodes you downloaded.
7. Sleeping aids
An eye mask and ear plugs are essential if you plan to sleep on the flight. Usually the airline provides a pillow and blanket, but you may want to take your own, just in case.
8. Personal hygiene/ grooming
It’s amazing how quickly you start to feel dirty and disheveled on a long-haul flight. Buy small travel-size face wash, hand cream, deodorant, moisturiser, perfume, lip balm, wet wipes and mouth wash. Put these in a Ziploc bag to prevent them leaking over the rest of your things.
It can take a while to be served food on a long-haul flight, especially if you’re delayed when taking off. Always pack some emergency snacks, especially if you have children with you.
10. Travel insurance
And whatever you do, don’t forget your travel insurance!