5 Must Have Essentials For Long-Haul Flights

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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It’s a universal truth that, on the whole, long-haul flights can be terrible. A well-packed carry-on bag is paramount to flying in (relative) comfort, especially when you have a daunting long-haul flight. Your essentials are what really keep you covered and can help make all the difference.

Traveling is magical but as exciting as going on an adventure to the other side of the planet can be, sometimes long-haul flights can be a hell of a place to be. But, if you pack your carry-on right, you can turn the situation around.

Here’s a look at 5 must have essentials for long-haul flights that you should consider packing in your carry-on bag next time you’re flying.

5 Must Have Essentials For Long-Haul Flights

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1. Noise-canceling Headphones

Ask almost any frequent flyer and they tell you the most important item in their carry-on is their headphones. They make you impervious to most sounds including crying and annoying engine noise. Sticking things in my ears to cancel noise isn’t exactly fun so I’m a huge advocate of over-the-ear headphones.

Honestly, airline headphones are usually uncomfortable and of low quality. If you’re going to endure a 10-hour long haul flight where you are probably going to spend half of the time glued to the in-flight entertainment system, you’ll be better off using your own noise-canceling headphones.

2. Collapsible water bottle

One thing that a long-haul flight is guaranteed to do- apart from getting you to your destination is dehydrate you. Staying hydrated on long haul flights is imperative and the tiny cups of water they hand out onboard just don’t do the job.

Collapsible water bottles are easy to pack, lightweight and can definitely be brought through the security check as long as you empty them. You can ask the cabin crew nicely and they’ll fill a foldable bottle for you. This is a life saver especially if you’ve tagged your kids along.

3. Travel pillow

There are endless choices of products out there that can provide the plushy reinforcement to sleep better even in the most uncomfortable flights and a travel pillow is one of them.

It’s easy to walk past one thinking they look bulky, uncomfortable to carry around and they might look ridiculous when you wear them. But if you’ll be hopping on a long-haul flight neck and back pain will be much worse and looking like a weirdo for using a neck pillow will be less of your concern. If you aren’t a fan of the plush, cushiony travel pillows, there are also some really cool inflatable pillows that are easy to pack and use.

4. Toothpaste, moisturizer, face wipes

You can never go wrong by having a well-stocked travel kit. As long as your long-haul flight will have a stint of sleep in between (which is highly likely) you’ll definitely need to freshen up by brushing your teeth. The plane’s atmosphere also makes your skin feel dry so wiping it with face wipes or face wash then applying a moisturizer will leave your skin feeling rejuvenated. It’s not a bad idea to include some packets of over-the-counter medication. Cabin pressure is likely to trigger sinus, dehydration can leave you with a terrible headache and onboard meal can give you a stomach-upset. You never know what disaster awaits you it’s best to carry some painkillers just in case a situation comes up.

5. Tablet

Without something to do on a long-haul flight you are sure to be beyond bored. This is where tech like the Fire Tablet shines. Tablets have become very affordable. You can play games, watch movies, and listen to music. For my fellow readers, a tablet makes it easy to bring as many books as you want with you on your trip, something you cannot do with paperbacks and hard covers. Don’t forget to include a travel charger as well.

What are your must-haves for a long-haul flight?


Tassia Agatowski July 30, 2019 - 7:49 am

Really useful list – personally, collapsible water bottles are a must wherever I go. Most places have somewhere you can fill up, and hydration is key! Thanks for posting!

Kara Guppy July 30, 2019 - 12:09 pm

I have not heard of collapsable bottles before but what a great idea!!

Sarah Bailey July 30, 2019 - 3:23 pm

These are some great must-haves, I have to admit I could do with getting some better headphones and a travel pillow, every time I travel I wish I had one!

Elizabeth Williams July 30, 2019 - 6:31 pm

I really need to get myself a pair of noise cancelling headphones. Couldn’t do without my travel pillow and always bring my tablet and Nintendo switch.

Melanie williams July 31, 2019 - 5:35 am

Great choices here. Good headphones are an absolute must. Best to block out sound and listen to music or watch a film and chill xx

Lauretta At Home and Horizon July 31, 2019 - 10:58 am

I consider myself lucky having all those ready whenever I’m on a long haul flight. Great list!

Kirsty July 31, 2019 - 2:42 pm

Noise cancelling headphones would be a must for me. You’ve got a good selection I’ve found running headphones provide the best sound. I’d also need earplugs with the travel pillow as I’m a light sleeper!

Charli Bruce August 6, 2019 - 8:40 am

Noise-cancelling headphones and a travel pillow are essential for me no matter how long my flight is. This is definitely a great list of essentials x


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