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Whenever I travel, packing my carry-on is very important. However, it sometimes changes – whether it is a long-distance or short-distance flight.  Find out what I pack when I have long-distance flights.

Here is my Packing Guide: Carry-On Must Have Items for long distance flights. Find out what to do before an international flight.


  • A big handbag and often also a wheeled extra carry-on luggage – for the more sporty ones I recommend a backpack
  • Plastic bag with a zipper for liquids – more eco-friendly and handy if you travel often is this TSA approved clear travel toiletry bag
  • Passports/ID & tickets  (extra big wallet)
  • Pens and a small journal


  • I have my  laptop with me whenever I fly, as I can work etc. – new TSA regulations are stricter now, so you are probably not allowed to take your laptop as a carry-on item, so double-check before you fly.
  • A while ago, I thought my tablet is the most useless item I bought in a while – since I can download from Netflix (and thus watch my shows offline) I have found one good argument bringing my tablet with me whenever I travel
  • My phone– without doubt one of my most useful and important (travel) item
  • Pack a camera I love taking shots from my window seat – and since I take valuables with me, this is in my carry-on bag
  • I have to admit, that I still don’t have a kindle, so a “real” book is often an essential
  • What would a flight be without music? If I love one thing more than traveling it is actually listening to music with my iPod
  • Power charger– how long does your phone battery last? Not long? Neither does mine, so this is an essential.


  • Neck pillow – my best friend when traveling for more than 4 hours
  • Warm socks which are also stylish
  • I personally do not use a sleeping mask but a must-have for many travelers
  • A big and warm scarf is my absolute must-have (which I can use for different purposes)
  • Flat shoes which can be easily taken off
  • A cardigan which I use occasionally as an extra blanket
  • For long-distance flights, compression socks are a must


  • Dry shampoo – though I do not use it normally it is perfect after long-distance flights (check size, and choose the small travel size)
  • My favorite hairbrush (especially for longer hair) – or if you have less space take a comb
  • Refreshing towelettes  – though I think they are not eco-friendly sometimes they are just essential and a must.
  • Face cream (which I also use as a hand cream, so I do not have to take another cream)
  • A small cosmetic bag for your makeup
  • Peppermint drops or chewing gums (though I heard chewing gums are not good when you fly, so probably stick to peppermint drops
  • Deodorant – I don’t think, I need to explain this further 🙂
  • Invisibobble hair ties – I hate my hair open when I am in the plane
  • Toothbrush & paste should also be self-explanatory as well as mouthwash
  • I do not wear much makeup normally, rouge &mascara are my lifesavers, though
  • I have dry eyes and so eye drops are a must for me
  • I am normally sick when I fly and always have some tissues with me

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