packing for a long flight

What to Pack for a Long Flight

When I discovered I was going to Australia, you can bet I was ecstatic. But before I could have my summer down under, I had to get there. When I booked my flight, I was so excited about the price that I didn’t realize how much I would hate myself later. My travels plans were as followed…

  1. 1.5-hour drive to Orlando airport EARLY in the morning (thanks to my boyfriend for driving me)
  2. 2.5-hour flight to Chicago
  3. 3-hour layover
  4. 15-hour flight to Shanghai
  5. 7-hour layover
  6. 10-hour flight to Melbourne

My flight back was close to the same except I went from Shanghai to JFK and then down to Tampa. In total I spent almost two days traveling each time, but I survived. As someone with anxiety, such a long flight did make me worry. I have found that a good way to combat my anxiety is to be prepared, so I would like to share my wisdom with others.

What to Pack in Your Carry-On

Hygiene

  • Wipes- for when you want to shower but can’t or for those dirty planes/airports
  • Tissues
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Mints/gum
  • Chapstick
  • Makeup- Personally, I don’t wear makeup when I travel, but if freshening up will make you feel better, go for it. 
  • Deodorant
  • Advil, ibuprofen, tums, etc- Carry any medications you may need to help with anxiety, headaches, upset stomach, or any other common ailments you suffer from.
  • Prescription medicines- Make sure you have enough for a few days in case your checked bags get lost.
  • Extra clothes- This is for both if your luggage gets lost and if you want to change. 

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