The Long Haul Essentials You Need in Your Hand Luggage

Oh Hi There!



As I write this it’s a very soggy last day here in Melbourne – I may be far from home but the rain seems to have followed me from Scotland. Typical! It’s been one whole week since I set foot on my Aussie adventure with a 28-hour journey and 3 flights ahead of me. Tomorow, Cat and I head up to Sydney for round two of the holiday and another fun-filled week which will include a trip to Shark Island and breakfast with Koalas (SO. FREAKIN. EXCITED!). But before we leave, I wanted to share with you my tried and tested hand luggage saviors (and unnecessary items – honesty is key y’know) that got me to the other side of the world with limited boredom and most of my sanity!


“The Admin”




Ok, these items probably go without saying but I just wanted to keep it real with you guys! Obviously, you need your passport, boarding passes, and any e-visa documents blah blah blah. But if you want to win at traveling it’s a good idea to have all these documents printed out as a back-up rather than just on your phone. Keep them all safe in a cute little travel wallet like mine so everything is in one place you’re not rifling through your bag while people wait impatiently in the queue behind you (because no one wants to be that guy). It seems like a small and unnecessary add-on but this little wallet is a lifesaver and I would highly recommend. Mine is from an independent shop in the village near me (KAGA for any local readers), but Paperchase and Kikki.k also have some beautiful wallets to keep your essentials safe.



“The Essentials”


Alrighty then, that’s the admin out of the way, now for the fun stuff!




As the great glamazon RuPaul says; “reading is fundamental”, and I would have to agree – something to read on a plane will keep you occupied for hours and will stop you from staring at a screen for too long. I was lucky enough to have my Vogue subscription pop through the door right as I was about to leave for the airport (and with two Aussie stars on the cover! It was fate!). In my previous post, I talked about my newfound love for reading Vogue and an additional plus point to this magazine is its lengthy articles all crammed into one issue, perfect for a traveling fashion gal!



Another must-have for any kind of travel, never mind a long haul flight. I’m using a hand-me-down pair of Beats headphones and they definitely combine quality and comfort which make them a perfect hand luggage essential.


A Travel Charger

This is definitely needed for long-haul flights to keep your gadgets ticking over till you arrive. I’d love to say that I spent my journey being productive i.e. writing this post then rather than a week later, but the truth is that I owe a large part of my in-flight entertainment to Candy Crush. Yes I know, I judge me too and I’m ashamed to admit it but that game kept me entertained for hours, so the travel charger was my BFF from Aberdeen to Melbourne. I use two – one from Plyones studio which is a handy size and one from Rav Power  which is a bit bigger in size but definitely lasts longer!


A Travel Pillow

I’m sure this one goes without saying but seriously, you NEED a travel pillow for a long haul flight! The one I used was £6 from Primark believe it or not – AND it’s memory foam! Not gonna lie, it took a minute for me to get comfy with it, but once it was at the right angle this was an absolute dream as it was soft but not as squishy as other neck pillows so it still kept my head supported – goodbye awkward falling-asleep head-bobbing!



I mean where do I begin? This portion probably forms the heftiest part of my hand luggage essentials because long-haul flights wreak havoc on your skin if you’re not armed. Obviously, makeup was not on the agenda at any point in my journey and a travel toothbrush and deodorant were with me. In terms of “beauty”, I did bring a Burt’s Bees lip balm, a mini Garnier Micellar water (I got mine for 90p in Primark!) and the moisture bomb moisturizing gel to keep my skin clean and hydrated in a stuffy environment. Other extras included this Simple sheet mask – ok I’ll be real with you, if it wasn’t for the fact that the lights were off and everyone around me was asleep, I probably wouldn’t have been getting the sheet mask out! – and these Soap and Glory undereye gel pads. Every one of these products is definitely an essential for a long haul flight in my eyes – the sheet mask kept my skin feeling super soft for at least 12 hours, the eye pads made my under-eye area feel bright and fresh for landing (they smell so refreshing too!), and the others were handy to top up my skin throughout the flight.


“The Unnecessaries”




Luckily for me, there wasn’t really anything that I wish I had, but definitely a couple of things that I could have gone without. I figured this wouldn’t be an honest review if I didn’t tell you about the things I brought in my hand luggage but really didn’t need so I thought I’d quickly mention them. First of all, my laptop would have come in my hand luggage regardless of whether I needed it on the flight or not in case my case got lost. However, the hours I spent downloading The Office (US obvs) were a waste because apparently since my last long-haul trip 9 years ago, airlines have supersized their in-flight entertainment. Gone are the days where you have a mere three movies to choose from, you can watch pretty much anything on a long haul flight now!


Another unnecessary item in the hand luggage was this book I planned on finishing. Now I know I said that reading is absolutely needed on a flight, Vogue seemed to keep me covered in the reading department and the night time flight meant that reading a book would have sent me to sleep when I was meant to be awake. Which reminds me – as soon as you get on the plane, or even in the days leading up to your trip, get with the schedule in terms of your new time zone and it will do wonders for your jet lag. All I needed was one really long sleep (15 hours to be precise) and I was up and at ’em the next day no bother.


Last but not least, my beloved Oliver Bonas diary. Why oh why I thought I needed this will be beyond me but it’s so beautiful that it ended up in my hand luggage anyway. You probably knew this already but if you’re a blogger/stationary freak/like to be organized person like me – you don’t need to take your diary. Nope, not even on a long-haul flight.




So, what are your in-flight essentials?

I hope this has been helpful for anyone heading on a long haul journey soon, safe travels wherever it is you’re going to!