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Your list of Inflight Essentials

As stressful as packing your check-in luggage can be, putting together your carry-on can be just as equally frustrating. Here are some tips on what to pack, making your journey hassle free!

Spring break is upon us, and I’ve got no doubt that plenty of you will be jet-setting across the world for some R&R under the sun or even a short retreat on the slopes. 

I don’t know about you but regardless of how often I fly, packing has always turned into a chaotic mess on my bed. And as neatly organised as I’d like to think I am, I always have this awful feeling of leaving something behind.

 Now, let’s get packin’!

I’ve listed your inflight essentials (to a fabulously stress-free flight) into 5 categories:

Valuable items

  • Passport; 100% essential! you’ll get nowhere without one
  • Boarding pass
  • Visa
  • Copy of complete flight itinerary, transport, accommodation
  • Purse/wallet; at least two credit cards and cash
  • Phone
  • Laptop and Camera
  • Chargers

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Health & Body

Make sure liquids and aerosols meet carry-on size requirements of 100ml or less in a clear 1 quart bag. We’re lucky that drugstores all across the world now sell travel size bottles of everything. Long gone are the days where we had to painfully decant bottles.

  • Moisturiser
  • Chapstick
  • Contact solution + glasses
  • Toothbrush + toothpaste
  • Face wipes
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Perfume
  • Mini medical kit; Panadol, Antihistamine, Imodium, sleeping pills 
  • Mint/gum
  • Makeup; eyeliner and mascara

Who doesn’t want to feel refreshed at the end of a flight? I always make sure to brush my teeth, wash my face and moisturise a few minutes before descent. inflight essentials

Food & Drink

  • Snacks! As a fellow foodie, need I say more? In case the food on the plane just doesn’t cut it or like me, you start feeling peckish. My go-to munchies are granola, protein bars or dried fruits. 
  • Water bottle; Bring an empty bottle from home and fill up on the plane, or buy one after security.

Inflight essentials


Long haul flights can get pretty boring and if you’ve watched most of the movies on board then you’ll need a few things to keep you occupied. 

  • iPod + earphones
  • Books
  • Notebook + pen; best place to brainstorm or get your work done. If you’re not one to work onboard, bring a pen! You’ll need it to fill in those landing forms


And just incase..

  • Change of clothes; extra top and underwear
  • Oversized scarf (definitely an essential for me) or a jumper

inflight essential

Don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated!

So whether you’re on a long haul flight or hopping across the pond, I hope this has given you a little insight into to how I organise and pack my inflight essentials.

Hopefully you’ve taken onboard a few of my tips to ease you on your way to a more relaxing holiday.

Do you have an essential item you can’t fly without? Anyone heading to Spain by any chance? Check out my last post on Majorca here.

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