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Ultimate Long-Haul Flight Packing List

Today, I want to share with you my ultimate packing list for those airborne marathons. These items should travel with you in your personal bag or carry-on luggage.

Food and Drink

  • Pre-packaged snacks (be aware of allergens and strong odors if you will be seated next to passengers you do not know)

  • Tea bags if you have a favorite tea, or other drink mix

  • Refillable water bottle


  • Small toiletry kit with travel versions of everything you need to feel (and smell) fresh:

  • Facial wipes or cleanser

  • Hand wipes

  • Body wipes

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste and floss

  • Facial moisturizing

  • Hand and body lotion (you can save space by choosing something that works on your face too)

  • Lip balm

  • Eye drops (if you’re prone to dry eyes and/or wear contacts)

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Deodorant

  • Small comb or brush


  • Tablet or e-reader

  • Book or magazine if you prefer a physical version

  • Cards or other small games

  • Small notepad or pen

  • Battery charger and cords - for your phones, tablets and even laptop


  • Eye mask

  • Ear plugs or noise canceling headphones

  • Neck pillow

  • Blanket/scarf

  • Extra sweater

  • Socks (compression if you’re prone to feet/ankle swelling)

  • Slip-on shoes (or just wear these the whole time)


  • Motion sickness remedies

  • Baby aspirin, if recommended by your doctor

  • OTC pain medication in case your back hurts from hauling heavy luggage or your neck hurts form the awkward sleeping position

  • Any prescription medication you need - please make sure any medications you rely on are in your carry-on luggage and NOT your checked bag


  • An extra change of clothes (in case of spills or lost checked luggage)

  • Pajamas or just super-comfy clothes if you need to change to sleep

  • Keeping a few extra items in easy reach that you may normally put in a checked bag can go a long way toward making a long haul flight a comfortable (and, dare I say, relaxing) experience.

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