Plane travel essentials

Well hello to you my reader chums! If you saw my previous post, then you'd know I went on an exciting girls holiday the other week to Gran Canaria. When it comes to holiday planning or packing something to think about is your hand luggage, the essentials to take on the plane journey. Depending on whether it's a short or long haul flight can vary slightly in what you bring. My flight was around the 4 hour mark so long enough to have a nap, do a few activities but no too bad in terms of getting restless. Below is the items I took with me for my recent trip.

Here's an overview:

Passport and travel documents: Let's start with the most important things as you certainly won't be going anywhere without a passport, EU card, travel insurance and all your booking information. I like to keep mine all together in a plastic folder to ensure they're secure and in one place.

Book: I'm a complete bookworm and something I do before every holiday is buy a new novel to read on the flight. I opted this time for 'Finding Audrey', a book based around 'Audrey' overcoming her mental heath journey through the help of her new friend Linus. It was such a touching, uplifting and easy read, bringing awareness to the subject of mental health -  I'd definitely recommend it. As my flight there was in the early morning I slept and read the novel on the way back, nearly finishing the whole thing - an addictive read for sure.

Headphones: Another activity item I'd suggest to bring is headphones. These can be used to block out any surrounding noise and you can either listen to music, watch a film or what not on your phone/ tablet.

Hand sanitizer: Being the clean freak I am, hand sanitizer is a product I always have with me. It's perfect for plane journeys as not only are your surrounded by many people but if you'd like to eat something, touch anything sticky accidentally, or would like to freshen up, you can quickly clean your hands.

Hand cream: Like sanitizer, I love to carry around hand cream with me because there's nothing worse than dry hands. I find especially on a longer flight, it gets a bit stuffy so a little freshen up with a moisturise is the best remedy.

Tissues: Again, I feel like these are an essential for journeys. Whether you have a runny nose, spill something or whatever the scenario, tissues always come in handy.

Lip balm: Similar to dry hands, dry lips is another annoyance I like to keep at bay especially on a plane ride. I therefore always bring a lip balm along, this time I chose a Nivea one as I find them to be incredibly moisturising and soft on the lips.

Makeup bag: When flying, I always like to keep the bare essential make up products with me, in case I either want to apply it on the plane or whilst waiting at the airport. My flight was really early in the morning and as I don't like travelling with makeup, I applied it on the flight. Inside the bag I brought Rimmel's BB cream, wake me up concealer, stay matte powder, Benefit's Hoola bronzer, an eye brow kit and  Maybelline's Lash Sensational mascara; to achieve a natural, quick look.

Chewing gum: Last but not least, chewing gum or mints are a necessity. Due to the pressure change in your ears when lifting off or landing, I find chewing a piece of gum can help pop them, easing the pain slightly. Also, it's good to have a mint/gum with you to freshen your breath during the flight.

Other essentials would be water to keep yourself hydrated, food to ensure your sugar/energy levels are kept high and a hoodie/cardigan, to wrap up.

I hope you enjoyed this plane essentials post. What do you bring on your flight?

Thank you for reading <3


  1. A good book when you are on holiday is an essential! Finding Audrey sounds like a good read!

    Parie x

    1. Definitely! Give it a read, you'll love it xx

  2. I'm going on holiday next week and this has helped me think ooh that's a good idea because now I think I'm gonna need some hand sanitizer

    Leanne |

    1. Fab, glad it helped - hope you have a lovely time! X

  3. These are great essentials! A books is definitely something I'd hate to be without :)

    Lotte |

  4. Reading is such a good thing to do when you're stuck on a plane as well as taking headphones with you!
    Charlotte //


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