Travel Essentials for a Long Flight
There are those travelers who get on the plane and pass out. Or the ones who can just sit there and quietly read a book. And then there are small children and some adults (cue me pointing at myself) who need to be entertained the entirety of the flight. If I’m very lucky I’ll get 2-3 hours of sleep which still leaves anywhere from 5-8 hours of just sitting there. I’ve learned a thing or two about getting through a long flight this year, so here’s a list of the travel essentials I rely on.
Electronics and Entertainment
Charging Phone Case
A Good Book
Sea Salt Popcorn
Travel Case Set
Viktor and Rolf
Toothbrush and toothpaste: No explanation needed.
Water: Buy a large bottle of water or bring a refillable one. Stay hydrated!
ZZZQuil: Aside from the occasional aleve, it’s rare I’ll take anything, but Jessica Sturdy recommended it for travel, and it really does work. I slept 3 hours coming home from Paris which beats the zero hours I usually sleep.
Headache medicine: Just in case
Socks: Something cozy to keep your feet warm
Sneakers: Something light and comfortable like these or these
An oversized scarf: The bigger and cozier the better
Eye mask: Block out light from windows or overhead lighting
Carry on spinner: I’ve been loving my Away spinner. It’s sturdy, has a built-in charger which is perfect for charging my iPad (or Conor’s iPhone when we travel together) since I’ve established that my iPhone is covered.
Tote: I always bring a tote bag with the things I know I’ll need to get my hands on during the flight. My perforated J. Crew tote has been my go-to, and is no longer available, but Madewell came out with a similar one this year.
Emergency duffel: I packed this in my checked bag in case we needed an extra duffel, which we did after I splurged on a new coat in Italy.