7 Packing Essentials for Long-Haul Flights

Believe it or not, I am currently sitting in Shanghai Aiport, IN CHINA ( I can’t believe it) weathering my 10-hour layover. That being said, JFK to Pu Dong (14 hours), gave me the exact inspiration I needed to write this post. Here’s some advice from an unprepared first timer. What I wish I knew about packing for my long-haul:


Essential number 1! You hear it time and time again, planes can feel very disgusting especially if you’ve been sitting in the same circulated air for hours. You might feel yourself feeling kind of sticky and worn in from the day’s travel. To solve this, you can use wipes on the plane or in airport bathrooms to give you the feeling and the smell of fresher you.

2. Comfortable Clothes

The way I see this is why not get comfortable? On my 8 hour flight from Atlanta to London I was all dressed up, this time I knew better. I understand the importance of an airport outfit but no one says it can’t be comfortable and chic. Play around with ideas (we all love Pinterest). I think we sometimes forget that we can always slip into a bathroom at your destination’s airport for a mini makeover.


Isn’t it amazing that Netflix allows you to download your favorites now? Use downloads, not just Netflix, to your advantage. Download movies, audiobooks, music, podcasts, and anything else you can think of. This way you have choices just in case you’re not entertained by whats provided to you on the plane or worse; you somehow can’t find good WiFi.

4. Sanitizer

If you don’t know, I am 100% a germaphobe. I always have sanitizer on me I feel like this comes in extra handy at airports and in planes, if only to keep my anxiety at bay. During travel is a high-risk time for getting sick and I am absolutely not having it!

5. A Cotton Face Mask

No not that type of face mask. Again, I do not like getting sick. Everything and anything to avoid getting sick. I got inspiration for this one from my JFK to Shanghai flight. There are certain parts of Asia that are known for their air pollution which is most likely why, I would assume, people wore their masks. However, people were wearing the masks during the flight which I thought was an amazing idea. I don’t know what it was about this particular flight but every a cough and sneeze made me cringe.

6. Face Masks

Of course, we have to keep the skin fresh as well. Dry, circulated air for 14 or more hours cant be good for anyone, let alone your skin. Keep her hydrated with some hydrating/moisturizing face masks throughout your flight.

7. Tea Bags

Or whatever relaxes you (Comment below because I want to know). Some people find it hard to fall asleep on flights and this can be especially unhelpful if you’re trying to combat jetlag. So I recommend bringing something you know will help relax: whether it’s your favorite tea or essential oils. This is also great for those who may still get anxious about flying (me).

Hope this helps anyone who may need the advice for their upcoming adventure. I have another 5-hour flight until I get to Phuket and I don’t have any of these things (except my handy dandy sanitizer) so wish me luck!

Sending my love xx

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16 responses to “7 Packing Essentials for Long-Haul Flights”

  1. Getting enough downloads ahead of time is so hard to remember but so importnant! I’m getting better about planning to download content ahead of time. I refuse to pay for wifi in the sky. Ha! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Marion says:

    I’m planning my first long trips ever next year and I will need those tips! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  3. T.M. Brown says:

    We’ve been doing the long distance travel thing for years – this is a great list of items to prep before a trip like that!

  4. Lena Elzayn says:

    So many good suggestions! I always carry my own teabags with me, makes everywhere I go feel like home!

  5. Val says:

    Downloads!!! Yes absolutely! This is my number 1 every time, especially for books!
    Sanitiser , wipes and mask are also musts!
    Thanks for putting these together, I had never thought of making a list!

  6. Alaine says:

    I bring all of these things too! Add a portable charger, mints or gum, and medicine in case you do get sick on the flight.

  7. Great list!

    I would have to include a sleep mask and melatonin to this list – if there’s light, I can’t sleep. And I try to get sleep on any 7+ hour flight I’m on.

  8. Lindsey says:

    This great! And it is fantastic that Netflix lets you download now! I can binge some many shows on those long flights, haha. And oh yes – I can’t get enough sanitizer either.

  9. Denise says:

    Downloads are SO necessary for long flights! Taking the risk that there will be good options on the airline is a losing game. lol

    Also, thanks for the tip about the cotton masks. I’ll definitely be packing some for my next flight.


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  10. Farrah says:

    I had no idea you could download stuff from Netflix! What what?! Definitely a game changer! I usually download a bunch of audiobooks/books beforehand so I can catch up on my leisure reading! :]!

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