I get it, going on a long haul flight is not the most glamorous thing ever–especially when you are travelling via coach. But let’s get this straight, surviving long haul flights can be a bit more bearable than usual if you have the right products and the perfect travel gears.
The only long haul flight that I usually ever do are to and from Manila and New York. That’s it, but these two cities are probably the furthest away possible as far as city distances go. So let me share you my long haul flight essentials:
I never go on a trip without my sleeping mask. It is a very helpful tool that can shield you away from the sun when jet lag hits and you just want to go to sleep. Yes, jet lag is real. Also, sleeping masks of your own are better than the sleeping masks that they give away on the plane. I have a panda furry sleeping mask that I got from Amazon, and I love it so much that I use it all the time. So do not forget this essential travel item.
The only facial moisturizer that works for me during long haul flights is the Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15 by Cetaphil. You can get it at any CVS or Walgreen, it’s no over $10 USD. Just put it on your face before take off (after you clean your face, of course) and after face masking right before you land. Et voila, perfectly moisturized face all the time!
Before embarking on a long haul flight, I make sure to always drop by my local Asian market to get some Korean beauty products. My favourite? I can not live without Korean face masks! Especially the ones with collagen and funny animal faces printed on them. They are usually $3 USD per pack. If you do not have an Asian market nearby, I am pretty sure they sell it CVS as well.
I have two go-to lip balms; first is the Honey Lip Balm by Burt’s Bees, and second is Cocoa Butter Lip Therapy by Vaseline. Usually, I use the latter for every day use. But whenever I am up above, I switch them up depending on my mood.
It has been a challenge to find headphones that work in-flight, but I have found the perfect ones! My Wireless Deep Bass Headphones by Sony can work magic! You have to check them out for yourselves to believe it.
This is something that I just simply take with me everywhere I go. I can never go out of my house without it–or even a tiny notebook, because you may never know where creativity can hit you. I do not use a specific notebook. I just usually buy mine at random bookstores in cities that I go to.
I love great and fuzzy socks, I am not even kidding! These Marled Crew Socks by Forever 21 does the trick all the time!
The travel blanket that I use is a gift by my grandmother some Christmases ago, and I love it. I use it every time, and as I am writing this, this said blanket is sitting on my bed just waiting to get snuggled. Ha!
I am very picky when it comes to travel pillows because my neck is very, very fragile. My newest pick is the Therapedic U-Neck Pillow by Bed Bath and Beyond. It is very soft and it has a great structure. Also, you can remove its casing and just throw it in the washer!
I just use my normal body lotion for this case. I usually just mix the lotions that I use and just choose which one I am feeling for that certain day, ha!
One thing I have learned is that you have to save your hotel slippers because these come in handy during long haul flights. When you are mid-flight and you are wearing your fuzzy socks, you just want to slip into your hotel slippers and just go to the loo. Perfect use!
Toothbrush + Toothpaste
Of course, long haul flights can make your breath nasty so a toothbrush and toothpaste combo can go a long way!
These are my travel essentials, and I would love to know what you cannot live without during long haul flights! Comment them below.
In other news, I will be going to Bangkok, Thailand in a couple of weeks and I would love to meet up with like minded travellers and story tellers. So, let me know if you would be in Bangkok in the next coming weeks!
Have a great rest of the week!
“Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.”
Proverbs 27:5-6 NIV