Packing for an exceptionally long flight? My travels have taught me what to include on my carry on to keep me occupied and comfortable for long hours in the air.
Before my trip to Boston last month, I hadn't endured a long flight for months. To get from West coast to East coast is about 6 hours, plus a 3 hour time difference to adjust to. I considered this practice as we prepare for a much longer flight to Santiago, Chile (approximately 17 hours of travel with a layover) in a few days! I thought about the carry on items that will ease the pain of crossing over countries and time zones, and the inevitable jet lag that comes with international travel. Here is a list of items I will be traveling with to help make the day of travel as pain free as possible.
Warm socks- As soon as we take off, I kick off my shoes and change into my thick, fuzzy wool socks. (I swear my feet and socks are clean.) Yoga Pants- My love for lululemon products hasn't wavered. I still have most of the stretchy pants I purchased while working there and they are always the first thing to be packed. Scarf- Triple use: Neck warmer, blanket and/or pillow.
Cleansing wipes- For layovers or when you wake up from a (not great) sleep on the plane. Tea- My friend gave us a few tea packets to enjoy before dropping us off for an overnight flight last month. It was perfect treat for after dinner while we were winding down and trying to get some rest. Toothbrush- There is almost no better feeling than clean teeth after a red eye or 12 + hours on a flight. It's a mental reset. Travel Size Lotion & Lip Moisturizer- Great for keeping your skin and lips hydrated and happy.
Journal- Play games, record your thoughts, draw... it's always good to have some blank sheets of paper around. Movies on the iPad- Suggestions anyone?! We have 6 flights altogether! Novel(s)- So far I only have "Untethered Soul" by Michael Singer on my reading list for the trip. I don't want to weigh my bag down with books but I'm sure I could squeeze in one or two more paperbacks. Recommendations are gladly accepted. Snacks- Airport and airplane food aren't always the best. I like to pack my own snacks like fresh fruit, trail mix and Aloha protein bars. Bose headphones- Solid noise cancelers, lightweight and ultra comfortable.