In less than I week I’m be off to Vietnam to start off my 2017 travel plans. I have already started packing (yes I am one of those super-organised pack well in advance type) and I thought I would share some of my carry on essentials. I have written a post before about utilising the space in your carry on but this is more about the essentials for a comfortable flights. Hopefully you’ll find this useful too!
MY CARRY ON ESSENTIALS FOR INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
When you live in such as an isolated country like Australia, you become accustomed to long haul flights and need more than one boredom buster. As much as I am a ‘one TV season in a day’ kinda girl, I still need some variety in my entertainment. I love my kindle because it’s lightweight and I can as many books as I want on there so I am not burdened by carry on weight limit.
I always take my own water bottle on planes as a ‘Just in case’ item. Some airlines don’t let you take water in even after security or will just hand out itty bitty bottles on the flight. Plus then you have a reusable water bottle for your travels.
Pressurised cabins have low levels of humidity and are very dry places to be for any length of time. Hand lotion and moisturiser are essential for softening and nourishing dry hands and skin on planes. The Vanilla & Orange Peel scent by the Grown Alchemist is my absolute favourite.
JUMPER OR SWEATER
I don’t actually put any in my carry on to save space but I like to tie a light jumper around my waist when I board a plane. This way when it gets cooler on the flight I can put it on without and don’t have to sacrifice valuable room in my carry on for it.
I take my Travel Journal in my carry on for two reasons. Firstly, I couldn’t bare to loose it in my checked in luggage. Secondly, it gives me a chance to write down and organise my thoughts without distractions.
I take minimal jewellery when I travel but when I do, I always take it on my carry on. As a general rule I never check in anything that I can’t bare to loose and jewellery definitely falls in this category.
If your luggage get’s lost, it can be difficult to get a refill from far from home. As well as any prescription medication, pack any over-the-counter medications you might want during your flight in your carry on.
Toothbrush, toothpaste and facial wipes
Travelling long haul flights can make you feel pretty disgusting. I like to keep a small selection of toiletries in my carry on so I can freshen up half way through the flight and brush my teeth before the plane lands.
Goes without saying that this is an important one. Most planes have USB ports in the back of the seats so if you’re really worried about space in your carry on you can always just put the cord in your pocket to keep your phone charged for the whole flight.
Change of Clothes & Underwear
I always pack a pair or two of underwear so I can freshen up on long flight. Plus if your bag gets lost or delayed you have a few pairs of underwear and another change of clothes until you make other arrangements.
What are your essential carry on items?