Whether you’re boarding a 2-hour domestic flight or setting out on a 10-hour transatlantic odyssey, a stress-free trip can only be achieved by chewing over these key considerations.
Start with entertainment. Flights — especially the long ones — tend to be pretty boring unless you’ve added something to your carry-on checklist to keep you distracted or amused.
Make sure to download some podcast episodes. Or, if you’re planning on working ensure documents and emails are offline-ready. Do these things while packing, as it’s easy to forget until you’re airborne.
If you’re not one for in-flight entertainment or working on the go, then you probably prefer to spend your time catching up on rest. In which case, sleep-inducing accessories like a neck pillow or travel blanket should form part of your flight bag contents.
Next comes safety. As reported by Forbes a few years back, aeroplanes aren’t exactly the most hygienic of places. But as we’re in the midst of a pandemic, it’s more important than ever before to bring a hygiene kit whenever you travel.
With jet lag, confined spaces and the lure of the bar to navigate, we’re often left feeling a bit worse for wear at the end flights. But with toiletries and cosmetic products on hand, we can depart feeling rejuvenated and ready to tackle our business meeting or first whisky sour.
For tips and tricks on how to pack efficiently, check out our Suitcase Packing Guide.