7 Carry-On Items for Your Next Long Flight

Long flights can be a real drag.

Take it from someone who loves travelling, but absolutely detests sitting in cramped airplane seats for hours at a time. But, it doesn’t have to be a nightmare – with a little preparation, these seven simple items you can easily throw into your carry-on luggage.

1. Pen and Paper

Ah, the pen – we truly take it for granted. Whether you need to fill out immigration forms, sign off travel documents or just need to make a note, your pen saves lives. We definitely recommend carrying two pens, in black and blue ink, with you when travelling. It’s guaranteed to make your life easier.

2. Shawl or Scarf

Most full service airlines provide blankets for passengers to use during long flights, as it gets pretty cool at 40,000 feet in the air. Sadly, these blankets often force you to choose between keeping your feet or your neck warm. That’s why we suggest bringing your own shawl or scarf to wrap around you when it gets chilly in the plane or airport. (Not to mention it’s the best lightweight accessory to carry with you.)

3. Sanitisers or Baby Wipes

We’re no germaphobes, but airports and planes can be pretty nasty and full of bacteria. Save yourself from potential airborne diseases by bringing along your own hand sanitisers or baby wipes. Clean your hands before every meal with pocket-sized bottles in your carry-on bag.

4. Personal Medication

Whether you need medication for a headache or upset stomach, be sure to be prepared. Flight attendants are not legally allowed to give you drugs, so be prepared by bringing your own.

5. Portable charger

Some airplanes offer charging ports on the seats, but you can never be sure. That’s why we suggest you bring along a lightweight power bank to keep your electronic devices strong. You may not be using it much during the flight, but it’s always safe to have your phone or tablet powered up in case you need it.

Useful links for further reading on Power Banks that are allowed on planes

6. Non-electronic entertainment

Worst case scenario: you can’t use electronic equipment during your flight, there’s nothing good on television and the cabin fever is becoming too real. Solve all your problems by bringing along a book, magazine, crossword, sudoku puzzle – the list is endless! (Make use of that pen we suggested you bring along, too).

7. Snacks

Try to bring dry, non-perishable food with you. If you’re an airsick traveller, it’ll save your life. Airplane food may not be your thing, so keep your stomach satisfied by snacking on foods that are low sodium and do not have strong smells. We suggest saltine crackers, dried fruits or nuts, granola bars or dry cereal.

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