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Travel Essentials for a Long Flight

danielle moss 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

Mophie

Charging Phone Case

I bought my mophie for a big trip but now use it every day. My phone is basically always at 100% which is great when I have 1.5 hour work calls.
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Cuyana

iPad Case

Have your iPad handy for games, movies, and reading.
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A Good Book

I know it's one extra thing to carry, but I prefer being able to actually turn the page.
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Apple

MacBook

A travel essential, even when I'm on vacation. I like to stay on top of email and upload/edit photos, and write. And when wifi is working, I'll sign into messages and chat with friends.
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Caeden

Headphones

For music, movies, or white noise
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Snacks

Rx Bar

My go-to travel snack. Pumpkin, mint, and sea salt chocolate are the best!
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Pipcorn

Sea Salt Popcorn

For some reason, I always want popcorn when I'm up i the air and this one is my favorite.
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Justin's

Almond Butter

Perfect for travel and for not consuming 2 dozen servings of almond butter at a time. Not that I'd ever do that.
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Simple Gum

Gum

Not really a snack but it passes the time and keeps breath fresh.
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Beauty

Cuyana

Travel Case Set

I keep the larger case in my checked bag or carry-on and the smaller case in my tote under the seat in front of me.
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Bobbi Brown

Lip Balm

This is more of a life thing than a travel thing but being stranded in the air without lip balm sounds like zero fun.
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Stowaway

Makeup

This travel makeup won't take up too much room in your carry on.
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L'Occitane

Hand Cream

I have the world's driest hands and cuticles and apply this stuff almost hourly.
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Viktor and Rolf

Flowerbomb Rollerball

I always apply a little perfume right after getting off the plane. Flowerbomb has been my go-to for over a decade.
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Health

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

Comfort

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

Luggage

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.

Have I forgotten anything? What are some of your favorite travel essentials?

  • Advil & gum! Gum is a must for ear-popping & the pressure changes on a flight sometimes give me terrible headaches (the first time this happened I thought my ear bud had exploded in my ear, but no just a crazy headache!) so I NEVER get on a plane without Advil.

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