Hand luggage for a long-haul flight

hand luggage long haul flight

I like traveling light. Like, really light. When I went to Brazil for over two weeks I just brought a carry on and my purse. There’s nothing worse than feeling like I’m a pack mule walking through an airport looking for passport control, or trying to suss out public transport. Since I tend to move around a lot wherever I go, having too much to carry would be annoying, too.

travel essentials1. Holly Gonightly Eyemask 2. L’Occitane Jasmine Immortelle Neroli hand cream 3. Money- of various currencies 4.  DKNY Underwear 5. Anthropologie Socks 6. Toothbrush 7. Miss Dior Perfume 8. Aesop Fabulous Face Oil 9. Cleansing Wipes 10. Clinique Superbalm 11. Simple Eye Cream 12. L’Occitane Precious Mist (for the face) 13. Passports- with cool holder! 14. iPad 15. Makeup and hair supplies

For long haul flights, I typically I bring one medium suitcase to check and a larger bag as hand luggage. Keeping the hand luggage as light as possible has become a personal goal so I can breeze through the airport, but still have everything I need on board.

My biggest recommendations are socks, a fresh change of underwear and an eyemask. I always joke that I can land anywhere as long as I have my passport and a credit card. The same is true of a long haul flight, but with these three items.

Other musts are a toothbrush, moisturizer and entertainment. (Funny list of things, I know!) After eating, you’ll want to brush your teeth, wash your face, moisturize (flying dries you out big time) and relax. Unfortunately, if the entertainment isn’t awesome, you’ll be covered with your phone or iPad if you have some good movies, music (I use Spotify premium so I don’t use all my storage) and good books.

So what does a flight usually look like for me?

Typically I try to take evening flights. I check in, divest of my larger bag, and try to grab a glass of wine (or, you know a few) while waiting for my flight. Before I board, I buy one or two massive bottles of water and abstain from drinking on the flight. It totally sucks, but nothing is worse than a hangover upon landing!

In flight, I tend to try to get a window seat so I can watch take off while listening to some music on my iPad. After dinner, I’ll brush my teeth, wash my face and change into my socks. On goes my eyemask and boom! I tend to sleep pretty quickly (especially if I had a lot of wine pre-flight).

If I have trouble sleeping I’ll put on some relaxing music, and wrapping my head with a scarf or putting a hat on, weirdly, sometimes helps. So try that the next time you’re on a long haul flight and trying to get some zz’s.

I am always the last to wake up for breakfast, and if I’m flying economy I tend not to prefer what they serve (there are hardly any veggie options) so I tend to fuel on coffee or tea, and get something once I land. Instead, I brush my teeth and wash my face again, and put on what little makeup I tend to bring in my bag so I don’t feel totally inhuman when I arrive.

Don’t forget the necessities, like your passport, a pen to fill out a landing card and cash (I try to bring several types of currency) so that you can pay any landing visa costs required.

This post was sponsored by L’Occitane, one of my favorite brands ever- and great to travel with.


  • Jonathon

    July 11, 2016 - 1:10 pm

    Socks are my go-to as well, I always freeze during a flight.

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