What to Pack in Your Hand Luggage for a Long Haul Flight




When you’re about to embark on a long haul flight (I’m writing this, one eye on the clock, as I get ready to head to the airport to board a 11+ hour flight to Los Angeles) you need to think carefully about what you want to keep you entertained and comfortable on the journey.



  • Print out of travel insurance number
  • Print out of flight details
  • Note of accommodation address (particularly if you’re travelling to the US)
  • Any travel visas (for the US you need an ESTA)
  • Travel wallet with currency



  • Laptop (blogging in the sky really is the epitome of working remote!)
  • Phone and charger
  • Camera (personally, I don’t feel comfortable packing this in my hold luggage)
  • Kindle
  • Earphones (you do not want to know how many people have previously used the ones provided)



Don’t forget, everything has to be under 100ml and fit in a poxy sandwich bag…

  • Travel toothbrush and tooth paste
  • Mini deodorant
  • Mini face wipes (to remove make up and freshen up)
  • Hand cream
  • Contact lenses
  • Lip balm
  • Face cream
  • Hair tie/grips



  • Note book and pen
  • A book (if you’re not taking a kindle)
  • A guide book (swat up on your destination!)



  • Space Mask (the ultimate relaxation tool)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sweets
  • Chewing gum
  • Socks (I usually travel in flip flops and cabins can get chilly with the aircon on!)
  • Lightweight cardigan (even if your destination is sizzling hot, the plane might not be)


Have I missed anything that you always pack in your long haul hand luggage? Let me know!




  1. July 2, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    Great post! When I’m travel sometimes I get stressed because don’t nkow what to take with me ir not🤔. This is a kind of checking list


    • b3ths4ndland
      July 18, 2017 / 3:27 pm

      So glad it’s helpful! It can be difficult to remember everything! x

  2. Shauna Claire
    August 1, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    Love this post! When I travel I always bring a few medical stuff, like something to calm your stomach if you feel sick, or headache tablets etc! x

    Shauna Claire | diariesofadramatic.com

    • Beth Sandland
      August 1, 2017 / 4:38 pm

      Oh yes! I missed that off! I always try and have ibuprofen on me, though on my last flight that air hostesses were great at giving me some when I felt unwell. x

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