Long haul flight carry-on essentials

On one of my first trips out of the States as an adult I packed up my *one* suitcase with what I thought I would need for my 10 day trip and headed to the airport. I learned two things quickly: 1) it’s very easy to get your suitcase over the weight limit on the way home if you do any shopping while you’re traveling, and 2) there were a lot of things I wished I had for my flight there to make myself more comfortable. Honestly, it never crossed my mind before. I fly all the time in the states, and you basically just rock up at the airport and hope for the best right?? LOL

Below is a list of all the things I now pack in my carry-on for long haul flights. It’s a LOT, I know. However, just take what works for you 🙂 I’ve broken it up by category so as not to make it seem so overwhelming. The number one thing you need to remember for any flight that’s over an hour and a half is layers, layers, LAYERS. You never know what the plane temperature will be like. Side story, 10 years ago I on a flight to the UK the AC on the plane was out. I was wearing a sweater and sweatpants with no alternative clothing options on board… that’s a mistake you do not make twice!


Long haul flight carry on essentials:


  1. Travel wallet
  2. Cash/credit cards
  3. Passport AND ID
  4. RFID passport cover
  5. Pajama/track pants to keep you warm while you sleep
  6. Large water bottle *buy post security* (buy after security to take on plane & stay hydrated without calling the attendant 25 times during your flight!)
  7. Change of clothes in case of lost baggage


  1. Layers (scarf, cardigan/jacket, socks/compression socks, etc)
  2. Travel pillow and eye mask (I like this pillow by BCozzy because it supports your chin)
  3. This is optional, but I have a foot hammock you can buy on Amazon that makes economy feel more like first class (who wouldn’t want that?!)
  4. Flats/sandals AND running shoes (in case you find yourself sprinting to catch a flight/train, etc)
  5. Compression socks if you normally experience swelling due to changing temperatures or altitudes


  1. Books
  2. Noise cancelling headphones (or earplugs) & headphones to plug in to the plane
  3. USB cable/battery pack
  4. iPad with downloaded movies/tv shows (I’ve had an international flight where the tvs were out)


  1. Face sleep mask (I like the Neutrogena HydroBoost gel mask)
  2. Toothbrush & toothpaste
  3. Hat to wear on arrival & cover bed head
  4. Hydrating face Mist
  5. Chapstick
  6. Deodorant
  7. Hair ties & brush
  8. Travel Makeup & face wipes
  9. Dry Shampoo
  10. Perfume

Odds & Ends:

  • GUM
  • Advil/allergy pills
  • Purell
  • Tissues
  • Vitamins (valerian root for relaxation, vitamin b for energy, potassium to alleviate muscle cramps)
  • Melatonin or Lavendar mist to aid sleep


What are your must haves for long flights?

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