12 essentials you need to have in your carry-on bag

It’s important to take care of yourself on a flight – the high-altitude and air-conditioning can wreak havoc with our skin, body, and sometimes even out mental state!

These in-flight essentials  will make getting through those long-haul flights a little easier, and help you arrive at your destination relaxed and ready for a holiday.

These are the items that should be found in every passengers carry-on luggage:


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1. Hydrating Moisturiser
Our skin becomes dry and dehydrated on flights, while drinking plenty of water can help to an extent, a deeply hydrating moisturiser is always necessary. If you can’t track down the moisturiser you want in travel size, invest in some travel size containers and transfer some into that. Your skin will thank you.

2. Facial Wipes
On long-haul flights, we often don’t get the chance to wash our face and freshen up, so carrying a packet of facial wipes is a perfect way to clean and refresh your skin. You don’t even have to leave your seat. These wipes are also good to use on the arm and chest area.

3. Toothbrush and Toothpaste
We are supposed to brush our teeth twice a day. This shouldn’t change just because you are stuck in a cabin 30,000 feet in the air.

4. Mint Chewing Gum
If the pressure build-up wreaks havoc with your ears, make sure you don’t forget some chewy. Chewing gum can help keep your ears unblocked and the mint flavour will double as a breath freshener.

5. Packet of Tissues
You never know when a runny nose will strike, plus tissues can also be used as a serviette, or hand towel if necessary.  Plus no-one wants to have to go back and forth from the bathroom to get toilet paper, especially when there is a line.

6. Hand Sanitiser
The last thing you want is to pick up a bug on the plane and spend your whole holiday in bed sick. To avoid nasty bacteria, take a hand sanitiser and use, use, use.

7. Roll-on Deodorant
No explanation is needed. This is a must have.

8. Sleeping Eye Mask
Kick jet lag in the butt and try and sleep on the plane as if you were already on the ground at your holiday destination. A sleeping eye mask will block out the brightness if you are trying to hit the hay while everyone is awake and watching movies.

9. Ear Plugs
Another item that can help you get a decent sleep on a plane is earplugs. Sat next an unsettled baby – no problem.

10. Travel Pillow
Stuck in economy? Do yourself a favour and invest in a neck pillow. Your back and neck will thank you.

11. Hair Ties
It’s easy to become agitated after spending hours in a confined area, and for those with long hair, it can become a bit of a nuisance. Ensure you have a few hair ties so you can get your hair out of your face and out of the way.

12. Pen
Save yourself some time when you arrive at your destination and fill out all those annoying customs cards while you are still on the plane. Plus if boredom strikes, you can have a few rounds of naughts and crosses with the next passenger.

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