As we leave shortly for two very long flights and one short one (total travel time is roughly 24 hours), I am just as much mentally preparing as I am physically preparing. There is a lot that goes into being “ready” for a long haul flight like this one. Though I feel quite good about our trip and I have done these 20+ hour flights too many times to count, I still prepare. I always make a list of things to bring, what to do, how to prep. Here is a list I’ve compiled that I hope will help you next time you are dealing with a long, daunting flight ahead!
What To Do
+ write down a detailed list prior to packing (I divide into categories like checked bag, carry-on, need to buy, etc.)
+ edit your carry-on list to essentials only (see below)
+ consider your layover – will you need a change of clothes? toiletries? will you have access to a shower?
+ lay out everything ahead of time and try on outfits together
+ know what you are wearing on the flight (I have a go-to outfit that I wear on every long-haul)
What To Pack
+ carry on: I polled you guys on Instagram and had so many great responses. Here’s a breakdown of my comprehensive list, including your awesome suggestions:
++ entertainment – computer / iPad / iPhone with chargers, pre-downloaded music / movies / e-books / podcasts, headphones (wireless and wired), books / magazines.
++ snacks – refillable water bottle, gum, protein bars, nuts (always pack more than you think you need)
++ toiletries – toothbrush/toothpaste, makeup remover wipes, sunglasses, pouch with medicine (for stomach, headache, allergy, cold, etc.), Lysol hand wipes, hair ties.
++ miscellaneous – change of clothes (I always pack a light, flowy black dress that won’t wrinkle), anything valuable (ex. jewelry), neck pillow (<– my favorite), pair of socks, light scarf.
+ to call the bank & credit card company to let them know you’re leaving
+ to call your cell provider and turn on an international plan
+ to have a neighbor or friend plan to stop by to grab your mail and water your plants
+ to print extra copies of your passport and itinerary, just in case!
+ to stay hydrated and eat healthy the week prior – I prefer to eliminate dairy and processed food and take priobiotics at least 5 days ahead of time
What’s your best tip for preparing for a long-haul flight?