10 Long Haul Flight Essentials For Women: What to Take Onboard

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10 Long Haul Flight Essentials For Women: What to Take Onboard

If you’re a woman who has a long haul flight scheduled, some travel essentials will make the journey a lot more comfortable.

Before getting on the plane, you might think that the time will go relatively quickly. However, this is simply not the case.

You would be surprised how long the flight actually seems once the plane takes off. Yes, there is in-flight entertainment, but there is something about long haul flights that makes you super distracted and not able to sit through the in-flight movies in one sitting.

There are lots of people walking around when the seatbelt light goes off, stewards and stewardesses quite often want to interrupt you while you’ve just become engrossed in a film, and then there are the scheduled in in-flight meals.

If you want to enjoy your flight, here are ten must-haves that you should take onboard your long haul flight:


  • Travel Documents 


This one is a no brainer, really. Actually, you wouldn’t even be on the plane if you didn’t have them with you. Still, no conversation about what you need for flying is complete without giving a nod to these essential items.

Your passport is the number one travel essential you should always carry with you on your way to the airport. If you want to reduce your stress levels on the day of your flight, make sure you set your travel documents aside in a safe place.

Pack them in the front pocket of the backpack you plan to take on the plane. Yes, handbags and purses look a lot more elegant for walking around with, but backpacks allow you to carry a lot more and generally have better pockets for separating specific items.

  1. Puzzle Book

One must-have for a long haul flight is a puzzle book. You might not be a fan of puzzles, but it doesn’t matter.

Believe me; you will be thankful for this travel essential once you’re in the air. The time goes so slowly on a long haul flight, and you can only fidget with your nails for so long.

Make sure you invest in a puzzle book that has hundreds of puzzles. You might surprise yourself and unlock a long lost love for Sudoku while you’re at it.

  1. Pen and Paper

Any long haul journey is incomplete without a pen and paper. A pen and paper allow you to pass the time like nothing else.

You can do silly drawings, write to-do lists, plan your vacation or business trip, or take note of things you don’t want to forget.

Expressing your thoughts on pen and paper will reduce your stress levels and give you something to do while the plane is in the air.

  1. A Novel

A novel is another travel essential for a long haul flight. Again, you might be saying to yourself ‘I’m not a fan of reading.’ It doesn’t matter.

Long haul flights will make you want to scratch your nails down a blackboard if you don’t have as many entertaining items as possible in your hand luggage.

You might have books on the shelf at home that you’ve never read. If you don’t own a single book, you can buy a wide variety of novels in the shops at the airport before you board.

  1. Comfortable Shoes

Ideally, you should wear comfortable shoes on the day of your long haul flight. If you prefer style over comfort, you should pack a pair in your hand luggage.

During a flight, your feet and ankles swell due to the pressure in the air. If the shoes you are wearing are a neat fit to begin with, your feet will feel very strange indeed mid-flight.

Comfortable shoes in your hand luggage are a must-have because they allow your feet to breathe. Just make sure that your feet are not smelly and your socks don’t have holes in them before you decide to switch shoes on the plane!

  1. Magazines

Magazines are a travel essential for any woman boarding a long haul flight because they’re perfect for keeping yourself entertained.

Some entertainment items like novels require a higher level of attention than magazines. It can be difficult to really enjoy your novel reading experience when there are constant interruptions throughout the flight.

That’s why magazines are so great, and a definite must-have when it comes to packing for your long haul flight. You don’t have to have 100% brain power devoted to a magazine: you can simply flick through them and stop at pages which interest you.

One magazine will provide you with around twenty minutes of entertainment if you read everything (except ads), and around ten minutes if you flick through them randomly.

  1. Chewing Gum

Chewing gum is a must-have for any savvy traveller, especially when travelling involves flying on a plane. If you’ve ever been on an airplane before, you’ll notice that your ears feel strange and often pop when the plane reaches high altitudes.

Chewing gum is great for reducing the popping, and pain that can sometimes arise from it. You can also bring some hard candy along for the journey.

Chewing gum is better for popping ears, but hard candy also works and helps to make the journey more fun while you’re amusing yourself with your must-have entertainment items.

  1. Neck Pillow

A neck pillow will make a huge difference to your comfort while on board a long haul flight. There are inevitably going to be times during the flight when you want to take a nap.

Well, the seats in economy class in particular on most major airlines are not conducive for good sleeping posture. If you’ve ever been on a bus or train, the seats on a plane are similar.

When you take a nap, you end up drooling and having that weird, semi-dreaming kind of sleep that actually leaves you feeling more tired than before.

If you want to improve the quality of your sleep on board a long haul flight, a neck pillow helps adjust your posture and makes your nap time much more comfortable.

  1. Makeup

It would be a stretch to say that makeup is a travel essential, but what woman wants to get off a plane looking like a haggard ragdoll?

Beauty products are a great way of making us feel confident and ready to take on the world. Sure, it might not be as important as your travel documents, but bringing makeup on a long haul flight will make the experience more enjoyable.

Now, you mustn’t put your makeup on just one or two hours into the flight. If you want to look your best for arriving at your destination, listen out for the announcements from the pilot or flight attendants.

They will tell you when you’re thirty minutes away from arrival. There are also often diagrams on board that track the flight for you. When your flight is coming to an end, that’s when you can get super excited about almost being at your destination and that also means that it’s time to start putting your makeup on.

  1. Hairbrush

A hairbrush fulfills the same purpose as makeup on a long haul flight. They’re both incredibly useful for feeling more human when you’re about to exit the plane.

Your hair will likely be a mess from napping on the plane, so any woman who wants to look good when they arrive will definitely include it in their backpack of travel essentials.

Wrap Up

Now that you know what to include in your hand luggage for a long haul flight, you’ll be well prepared for the journey ahead.

You might have some different ideas about must-haves you want to include, but just make sure that you have your travel documents and as many varieties of entertainment as possible.

Most airlines don’t charge extra for hand luggage, as long as it’s a certain size, so buy a bag that’s as big as possible so you can fill it to the brim with goodies that will help make the long journey more fun.

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