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Today my challenge is to write about what I take in my bag when I travel. I’m a very light packer most of the time and I used to just take the absolute bare minimum, rolling on a flight with nothing more than my passport and money. But after some very uncomfortable experiences, my list has slowly grown. Here are the things I take in my hand luggage on when I fly…
Obviously, an essential if flying outside of the country.
An extra outfit
I did this when flying to Canada in March but only because I didn’t have enough room left in my case. When my suitcase got delayed for 5 days however, that turned out to be a huge blessing. It saved me having to wear the same underwear and clothes the next day on another flight.
Lip balm and moisturiser-
That aircon is wild man. I used to come off the plane with chapped lips and painfully dry skin so now I am never without these two products. I just squeeze my moisturiser into one of those little 100ml bottles for taking on board with me.
Toothpaste, a toothbrush, face wipes, gum and deodorant-
Good for freshening up at the end of long-haul flights.
A jumper or 2
Flights tend to be either uncomfortably hot or absolutely freezing. I remember once I was on a 6 hour flight and it was so cold. I didn’t have anything other than the t-shirt I was wearing and the airline didn’t have blankets. Definitely a lesson to always have an extra layer. Better to have it and take it off than to not have it at all.
An empty water bottle
I usually have an empty water bottle with me so I can get it through security and then ask a flight attendant to fill it up for me in the air. Most will do this without a problem but if you’re flying with a really cheap airline it’s best to buy some after security just in case.
My blood sugar gets low pretty quickly and aeroplane food isn’t always the healthiest so I always make sure I have some snacks with me. A lot of people don’t know this but you’re allowed to take most food through security. Some of my go to plane snacks are nuts, fruit and protein bars.
I remember being on one long-haul flight and I didn’t have earphones to watch the movies. The airline didn’t provide them for free and would only accept payment by credit card, which I didn’t have. I eventually managed to get some for free (perks of looking 12 and vulnerable) but after that I made sure I always have them with me.
To keep me entertained both on the flight and whilst waiting at the gate.
A notebook and pen
I always make sure I have emergency numbers written down on paper as well as the address of where I’ll be staying. Good for filling out visa forms on the plane or if your phone runs out of battery.
Phone, phone charger and world travel adapter
I always freakout that my phone will die and I’ll be stranded in the middle of a foreign land with no idea where to go. So I make sure I always have means of charging it.
I always make sure to keep all my cards on me and take a small amount of the local currency for arriving.