When you’ll be in the air on a 12 - 24 hour flight, having certain items with you in your carry-on luggage can be a lifesaver. Being properly prepared will save you from going crazy and enable you to have a pleasant and relaxing experience – at least as much as you can while on an airplane for so many hours!
Below you’ll find the essentials you should pack in a carry-on when taking a long flight.
Long Flight Essentials
Wondering what to pack in a carry-on for a long flight? We’ve got you covered with this list of essentials.
While most of your clothing will go in your checked luggage, there are a few items you’ll want to have with you.
- Slip-on Shoes - This style of shoe will get you through security faster and are easy to remove on the plane. Plus, they’re more comfortable to wear for several hours!
- Socks - Cozy socks will keep your feet warm. Wool ones are recommended, as cotton ones can get sweaty when worn for a long time.
- Hoodie or Sweatshirt- Having an extra layer to put on will be a lifesaver when your upper body gets chilly and needs to warm up. If you need something a bit dressier, bring a cardigan or a relaxed-style blazer.
- Outfit Change – Bringing an outfit to change into at the end of your flight or right after you land will help you feel refreshed after sitting in the same outfit for all those hours! This is especially important if you’ll be traveling to a location with a very different climate than the one you’re leaving from.
- Trail mix
- Cereal or energy bars
- Dark chocolate (hey, it’s a long flight – you deserve a little treat!)
- Books (or a Kindle for a lighter, more compact and convenient reading option)
- iPad or laptop with downloaded movies to watch (in case you don’t like any of the in-flight options)
- Smartphone with downloaded music playlists to listen to offline
Pack these essentials in your carry-on luggage and your flight experience will be more seamless and – dare we say – enjoyable! If you’re in need of luggage or are looking to upgrade your current pieces, shop our vast selection of durable, stylish luggage before your trip.
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