No matter how much you love travelling, the actual flying-part can be a bit of a drag. This is especially the case living in Australia, where most overseas destinations are at least a 7 hour flight away! But a perfectly packed carry on can help make a long haul flight and a seemingly arduous journey as painless as possible. While I don’t claim to be a travel expert, I’ve spent time over the years refining my in-flight must-haves to the point where packing my carry-on is now quick and easy (if only I could say the same for packing my actual suitcase…!) Here’s what I’ll be taking on my upcoming flight to Japan.
My skin has the tendency to get quite dry on long haul flights thanks to the pesky air con, so I take a range of beauty items to feel as fresh as possible. I always take face wipes to ensure my face remains cleansed throughout the flight and to help avoid any breakouts that can happen due to the stale air, and I also like to have a facial mist on hand to give my skin a refreshing spritz if I start to feel particularly dry. This rosewater-based one by Mario Badescu from Mecca is my favourite – I just pour a little bit in a travel sized bottle before the trip. I also make sure I have a small hand cream and lip balm (damn that pesky air con again) and a rollerball perfume which is the perfect way to feel human again after a long flight.
The organisation essentials
When it comes to packing my in-flight essentials, I take two bags on the plane: a bigger bag to carry my scarf, cardigan, beauty products etc (usually a backpack – there’s nothing worse than lugging a big, heavy shoulder bag around the airport, especially when you’re madly rushing from one side to the other!) and a small shoulder bag which contains the items that I might need easy access to before and during the flight. Think money, passport, lip balm, a small snack, mints/lollies etc. This one from Mimco is perfect as it has two separate pouches to keep everything organised. This trip I’ll also be taking a monogrammed passport holder from Mon Purse that I received for my birthday last year (thanks EK!) which means I can stop worrying about my passport getting wet or damaged.
I absolutely love watching movies on the plane. Sometimes I manage to catch a movie that I missed in the cinemas, or sometimes if I want to zone out I’ll put on one that I’ve already seen so I don’t have to focus too much on what I’m watching. But as much as I love watching movies, I always like to give myself (and my eyes) a break and read as well. I tend to prefer taking a magazine on the plane over a book as it’s easily disposable once I’m done and much less heavy to carry.
And finally, what to wear! As much as I would love to be one of those people who manage to dress stylishly on flights, I’m not ashamed to admit that I will always go for comfort (you will never see me on a long haul flight in jeans!). In fact, the thought of being uncomfortable on the flight makes me shudder – especially if it’s an overnight one and I want to get some shut eye! So I always wear a variation of the following: black leggings, oversized shirt or dress, sneakers, and a big cardigan and fluffy pashmina for when it inevitably starts to get cold! The cardigan and pashmina also double up as an additional blanket or pillow which is a handy bonus.
If you have any in-flight essentials that I’ve missed, I’d love to know! Now just to pack my actual suitcase…