The Long Flight Survival Guide

Embarking on a long flight usually means there’s an exciting, foreign adventure waiting for you on the other side! But what about all those hours in between…sitting…waiting…on a plane for 10+ hours? The beginning of your trip can easily take a turn for the worse if you are not well prepared!

Pack for your flight like it’s the first destination of your trip. There are a few special tricks you can use to make the plane ride a breeze and kick your adventure off with comfort and energy!

Here’s my guide to surviving long flights!


Packing well is the key to preparation for any adventure. Whether you’re bringing a carry-on or checking your suitcase, you will always need a personal bag to keep at your feet on the plane. This gives you easy access to anything you might want or need during a long flight! In my opinion, backpacks are the way to go. They have more compartments (compared to purses) to keep you organized, and allow your arms to be free in the hustle & bustle of traveling.  I like this packable backpack that you can fold away in your luggage if you’re not using it.

When packing your personal bag, don’t skimp on the things that make you comfortable. But do remember to have travel size, convenient items. I like to stock up at Target for mini products or reusable bottles. Plastic zip-locks are a great way to stay organized too!

In your personal bag, you will need items to keep you: feeling fresh, rested, well-nourished, and entertained.

Stay Fresh

Flying can really mess with your freshness. But there are plenty of ways to stave off that “icky” feeling after a long flight. Your neighboring passengers will appreciate it too ; )

Convenient, travel size products are the best solution. Facial cleansing wipes, moisturizer, Colgate Wisps, and mini deodorant are staples. I’m also big on health, so I bring Emergenc-y packs and natural remedies to have on hand. Don’t make fun, but I also always bring a scrunchy. I feel more fresh during the flight if my hair is up, and twirling my hair up into a scrunchy gives it soft waves when I arrive at my destination.

I recently discovered a game-changer in travel skincare: Adventuress Skincare products. I’ve been looking for something like this for a long time!!! Designed for women who live an active lifestyle that doesn’t allow for extra baggage, these “on the go” products make pampering easy. The individually packaged wipes help save space and provide skin care in the form of wipes, cleansers, moisturizers and sunscreens. There are also additional travel size products like the Protective Envirobalm, which is amazing for outings in harsh outdoor environments. And as an extra bonus, every product smells AMAZING. 


Sleeping on planes is really challenging for me. I envy those who can just doze off while sitting in an upright position! In order for me to have a chance of sleeping on the plane, I bring an artillery of sleep items:

  • Inflatable Neck Pillow
  • Soft Eye Mask
  • Melatonin or Sleep Aid
  • Ear Plugs

 Hydrate & Eat

Staying hydrated on long flights is difficult, and many people don’t realize that their feeling of discomfort is likely due to dehydration. Buy a big bottle of water at the airport before boarding the plane, and accept every cup of water that the airline attendants offer. Eating healthy at the airport or on the plane is difficult too. If you want a convenient, delectable whole food options to snack on, I recommend PROBAR. I pack a ton so that I don’t get hangry during adventures after the flight as well.



Boredom is my greatest fear on long flights. Over-preparing is a great idea! In order to keep myself entertained I usually:

  • Download movies onto my laptop
  • Bring two or three books
  • Pack a journal and pen
  • Download podcasts on my phone.

If you know you’re going to be wearing your headphones for an extended period of time, invest a good pair. I love my Bose ear buds.


What to Wear

What you wear on the plane definitely depends on where you’re going. For a backpacking trip to Southeast Asia, I knew I needed to have lightweight comfy layers that I could also wear on the trip. I chose light cotton drop-crotch trousers, a thin black tanktop, a very light comfy long sleeve shirt, a pashmina scarf, and my Tom’s shoes. It’s also a great idea to opt for a stretchy, loose-fitting bras for the long flight.

Compression Wear:

A lot of people don’t know this, but wearing compression socks and leggings are a great way to keep the blood flowing in your legs so that you don’t feel lethargic after the flight. They prevent any puffiness in your feet or calves and protect blood clots from forming! I wear mine every long flight :)

Always Remember

Last but not least, there are a few things that you never want to leave behind for a long flight! Always remember your:

  • Passport
  • A pen
  • Customs forms when you disembark the plane
  • Chargers & converters
  • Travel documents (like a hotel/travel reservation)

Tell me what your flight prep practices are in the comments below! 

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