A long flight can be quite a daunting experience, especially when flying long haul overseas. You may have been planning for your trip for a long time now, and you are wondering what would be necessary to carry on the flight.
Below is a helpful list of everything you might need to carry with you for the comfort of your long flight.
Change of clothes
Having travelled between Scotland and Australia over the last decade, the items I would always pack for onboard a flight is a change of clothes.
When you have been journeying for 36 hours, there is something so lovely about changing into fresh, clean clothes just before landing. Make sure you time it right though and have enough time. If the seatbelt signs go on, you will not be allowed out of your seat to get to the toilet to change.
Have a plastic bag to put your worn clothes in, so you can quickly locate them to put them in the washing machine when you get the chance.
The carry-on bag
Of course, you will need a bag to carry your items during the journey. However, you must get a carry-on bag of the appropriate size.
Choose a bag depending on your style. It could be a backpack or anything else that you prefer. Go for a bag that has adequate compartments so you can organise your belongings well for easy access.
Prioritise bags with additional features such as a charging port and maybe anti-theft features.
You will not be able to travel without essential documents such as your passport and air ticket. Therefore, make sure that you pack them before the day of your trip.
However, do not pack them with the rest of your personal belongings in the suitcase. For the documents that are in digital form, it would be an excellent idea to print them out. Anything could happen to your phone or laptop.
If you are travelling with an infant, you might be thinking of taking a baby capsule to ensure the comfort and safety of your child. It will be handy for transporting your baby through the airport.
As you board, your capsule can either be taken by the ground staff and loaded onto the plane for you to collect at the destination, or if your capsule is compliant, it can be attached to the seat.
Ensure you take all essential baby items onto the plane with you, including nappies, comforters and a couple of changes of clothes.
While planning for a trip, make sure that you get travel insurance. This is important, especially if you will be travelling overseas. Anything could happen during your trip. For instance, you could fall sick or lose goods.
Getting medication in a foreign country could cost you a lot of money. Besides helping to pay your medical bills during your visit to a foreign nation, your travel insurer will compensate you in case your luggage goes missing or is delayed.
This goes a long way to ensure your safety during the trip. Make sure you carry insurance documents with you at all times.
You will need to be as comfortable as you can during your flight. Long travels might cause your feet to swell. Therefore, making sure that you get on board with comfortable slip-on shoes.
Slip-on shoes are comfortable to wear and get off. Ensure your feet are healthy for the long journey.
A neck pillow
Many aeroplanes have comfortably adjusted seats to allow travellers to sleep comfortably. However, it is recommended that you carry a neck pillow to enhance your comfort, especially on long-haul trips.
A neck pillow will support both your neck and head, preventing you from falling forward and backwards, something that could cause you to wake up with a stiff neck.
Anything that makes the journey more comfortable is worth considering.
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