14 essential items for a more comfortable long-haul flight


Best in-flight travel and skincare beauty essentials
For the best experience on a long-haul flight, be prepared! These are the items you need to have on your person and in your hand luggage.

Earplugs and eye mask

Thankfully many airlines hand these out at the start of your trip. Make the most of them! Whether you need to reduce the volume of a crying child or simply want to drown out the plane’s white noise, earplugs are a godsend on a journey where you want to get some shut-eye. And the eye mask will allow you to sleep even when the cabin lights have been turned on.

Noise cancelling headphones

Yes, airlines hand out headphones for use with the entertainment system. But it’s very hard to hear every word through those flimsy plastic things, minimising your enjoyment of your film or TV show significantly. Bringing your own pair of high-quality headphones is highly recommended for a more enjoyable flight.

Book or magazine

There’s always a chance your in-flight entertainment system will go phut. Don’t be caught out – have something else to keep yourself occupied. Reading may also help you to feel tired before you settle down for a sleep.

Neck pillow

This really will help you to sleep better if you are in economy. Opt for one with adequate support so your head isn’t lolling about too much. We recommend a pillow that has a clasp at the front so it will stay in place.

Sleep aid

Some people find it helpful to take a sleeping tablet or melatonin on a plane to get a good rest. Make sure to consult with your doctor and only take what’s prescribed for you. If taking melatonin, be aware that it’s a hormone that tells your brain when it’s nighttime, which can alter your circadian clock – it could shift you further away from your destination time zone, so do your research.

Comfy jumper

You don’t want to get caught feeling cold on a plane. Keep cosy with a sweater that you would feel comfortable to sleep in.

Sleeping during long-haul flight

Compression socks

You’re less likely to battle with cankles upon arrival with a pair of compression socks. Long flights increase the risk of swelling and discomfort in the legs and feet – these socks can improve circulation and reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Hydrating skincare

Combat the drying effects of airplane air by bringing hydrating skincare products such as moisturiser, lip balm and facial mist to keep your skin feeling refreshed and moisturised.

Device chargers

Your phone is usually an essential item as soon as you step off the plane to help you arrive safely at your accommodation, so make sure it is charged and ready to go upon arrival.

Comfortable clothing

Opt for loose-fitting, comfortable clothing and layers that you can easily adjust to accommodate changes in temperature. Avoid tight clothing that may restrict movement or cause discomfort during long periods of sitting. A spare pair of underwear won’t go astray either. And for the love of god, don’t wear pants that are long enough that they will brush against the bathroom floor when you go to the toilet!

Hand sanitiser

This is essential for use after bathroom breaks or before eating food.


Although a toothbrush and toothpaste is usually provided by the airline, it pays to bring one just in case. Consider also bring facial wipes, makeup and any other items you can’t live without, as long as they are below 100ml. If it’s that time of the month, don’t forget sanitary pads or tampons.

Travel documents

You can’t get on the plane without your passport and boarding pass, but it’s also a good idea to have a hard copy of your travel itinerary in your hand luggage.


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