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Must-haves for long flights

Comfort is crucial to long flights and it just takes a little planning to think through everything you will – or even just may – need.

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A lot of the stuff that I’ve learned to pack for long travel days simply helps me feel more human after I’ve flown all night and arrive at an airport full of people who haven’t. It also somehow helps trick my brain into accepting a new time zone and therefore combats jet lag.

Personal care 

  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Prescription meds
  • Eye drops
  • Lip balm – my favorite is Blistex Lip Medex so much so that I’m telling you and yes, I absolutely buy it in bulk
  • Contacts/glasses if needed
  • Unscented lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Face and/or body wipes
  • Hair ties
  • Make-up – usually I just take concealer and mascara


  • Neck pillow – save space with a compressible memory foam pillow
  • Eyemask
  • Sleep-aid meds (Tylenol PM/melatonin)
  • Earplugs


  • Tablet for reading/watching/listening – remember to download some shows or movies on WiFi before you go
  • Books and magazines – I try to do e-versions of both (from the library!), but usually I really like just one real book
  • Travel book about your destination – sometimes the flight is the first chance I get to read it
  • Notebook and pen for mid-flight inspirations, airline magazine crossword puzzles, and customs forms


  • Phone
  • Chargers (plug-ins and travel)
  • Earbuds/headphones


  • Change of clothes for multi-day travel or more comfortable clothes for sleeping (keep it classy)
  • Change of undies
  • Socks for warmth and/or compression socks
  • Blanket scarf or an extra layer of some sort


  • Refillable water bottle
  • Fruit, nuts, energy bars – for sustenance
  • Salty and sweet snacks – for boredom


  • Anything you can’t lose and must-haves for one day at your destination in the event of lost checked luggage
  • Ticket/passport – obvi…otherwise you’re not getting on the flight anyway and the rest of this list is pointless!

Listen to Episode 18 of Bold Departures to hear more about the bags we use and other tips for packing for international trips.

What are your must-haves for long travel days?

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