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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
ENTERTAINMENT / TECH GEAR
- 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.
COMFORT / CLOTHES
- 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
BEAUTY / STAY FRESH
- 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