Travel Essentials for a Long Flight


This post was originally published two years ago, but it’s been one of my most popular posts to-date, so I’ve brought it back with a fresh new look and updated products! Why? Because long flights are no joke. If I’m very lucky I’ll get 2-3 hours of sleep which still leaves hours of just sitting there. I’ve learned a thing or two about getting through a long flight over the past few years, so here’s a list of the travel essentials I rely on.


Electronics & Entertainment

I always carry my laptop, and on longer flights, will bring an iPad with a few movie. If there’s wifi, I’ll do a little work and chat with people over my messages app – such a great way to pass the time. I tried the whole kindle thing but really prefer turning pages, so I bring a good old fashioned book with me.


Macbook Pro or iPad

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Wireless Headphones

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Portable Power Bank

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Maria Semple

Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

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A spinner (carry-on on 4 wheels) is a must-have for getting through the airport. I keep my tote or duffel on top and just glide it through the airport. I love my Away but this Mark and Graham bag is beautiful! Bring a leather or lightweight tote, duffel, or any bag that will fit under your seat, and fill that with all your essentials.

Mark & Graham

Leather Zip Pouch

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Leather Tote

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Lined Makeup Pouch

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Mark & Graham

Passport Case & Luggage Tag

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Mark & Graham

Terminal 1 Carry-On

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2 Piece Spinner Set

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Passport Case

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Airplane snacks are usually unhealthy and underwhelming, so I come armed with some of my favorite healthy snacks. The best part about the ones I have listed here is that they’re single serving.

RX Bars

Clean Protein Bar

These have been my go-to for years. I love them.
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Paleo Granola

I love this stuff so much, and the little travel packs are perfect for travel
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RX Bar

Single Serving Almond Butter

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Smart Sweets

Sour Blast Buddies

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Health & Beauty

I keep my favorite travel-sized beauty products in the bag under my seat, and the rest in my carry-on or checked bag. As long as I have something to keep my hands and lips moisturized, a toothbrush for a mid-flight pick-me-up, and a little spray for my face, I’m good.


Battery Operated Toothbrush

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Herbivore Botanicals

Hydrating Face Mist

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Hand Cream

I have very dry skin and apply this a few times throughout the flight
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Viktor & Rolf

Travel Perfume

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Bobbi Brown

Tinted Lip Balm

Color and balm in one!
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Charlotte Tilbury


A must-have for touch-ups
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Detangling Brush

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Dry Shampoo

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Travel Toothpaste

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Hum Nutrition

Sleep Aid

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A cozy travel wrap that doubles as a blanket or pillow, an eye mask or sunglasses to get some shut-eye, cardigan and socks to stay warm, ad comfortable shoes.


Marled Trouser Socks

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White + Warren

Cashmere Travel Wrap

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Eye Mask

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Leather Sneakers

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J. Crew

Striped Cardigan

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Have I forgotten anything? What are some of your favorite travel essentials?

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