As I write this it is currently Wednesday afternoon and I am thinking about all the things I need to do before my next trip happening this Friday! I’m pretty excited – it’s a brand new country for me. We are travelling to attend the wedding of two friends of ours in Krakow, Poland! In the excitement of it all, I remind myself that I need to finish up my next two articles – one for release this Friday and next week. And since I was thinking about what I need to take with me on my upcoming trip, I figured it was the perfect time to write about all the things that get thrown in my (very large) handbag when I travel – my plane essentials. The photos used for this post are some of my favourite plane shots taken over the last 12 months, from Russia to Jamaica. I’ve also included links to all of the items I mentioned, in case you would like to purchase any for yourself.
The first of my plane essentials is pretty self explanatory. I also travel with my Maltese ID card, as this is generally accepted if travelling to other European countries.
- Mobile Phone and Charger
Another obvious one here. I very rarely print my boarding pass and almost always keep this on my phone. It’s therefore a must that I bring my mobile charger with me in my handbag. I also find that a lot of the newer planes have sockets and USB ports, even on short haul flights.
- Laptop and Charger
Plane rides are where I get most done. In fact I love them so much for this reason! In the past, it was generally my work laptop – sometimes I would even take both work and personal laptops and check in whichever one I wasn’t planning on using during the flight in my big luggage. Not anymore though! Again, having charging sockets on the plane means I never really have to worry about them running out of battery.
- Aesop Ginger Flight Therapy Oil
Although called Flight Therapy, this can also be used if you’re sitting in the office. It’s just a calming, subtle anti-stress roll-on oil that I apply to my pulse points when on flights. It’s become a habit now really! With scents of lavender, ginger root and geranium, it’s just a super relaxing smell to fall asleep to on flights.
As Chanel once said, “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” Now I don’t know if I necessarily agree with that, but I know what I like to smell like and ironically that is Chanel perfume. Chanel Allure Sensuelle to be precise. I’ve always been a fan of Chanel perfumes and I feel like this one just smells like me. I always keep a 100ml bottle in my bag wherever I go, as you never know when you might need to top up!
- Pen and Something to Write On
And when I don’t remember to pack a pen, I get so annoyed with myself. I know I’ll have the laptop, but sometimes I just feel like I want to write things down or scribble some notes on a piece of paper. The pen also comes in handy when you need to fill out customs forms. You just know that the air stewards are not going to have enough pens for everyone in the cabin.
- A Reading Book
Again, I know I’ll have the laptop, but I’m one of those people that just prefers to have a proper book in her hands. Currently, I find it quite hard to read fiction, so I’m very much into aspirational books or books that you can generally learn from. I’ve been reading the Alchemist for ages. It’s not a particularly difficult read, but it’s one of those books where I feel like I need to sit and think about what I just read whilst looking out the plane window.
- Anti-Bacterial Gel
Do you ever experience that sheer moment of disgust when you see someone pick their nose and then touch the touch-screen TV? Or that moment where someone goes to the bathroom and you just know there is no way they could have washed their hands in that time? So yes, anti-bacterial gel. Use it on yourself or put some on a tissue to wipe down things like the inflight remote control. Because no one wants traces of someone else’s urine on their fingertips.
- Skincare and Make-Up Essentials
I posted a question on Instagram recently about whether you check in your luggage on short haul flights. The majority of you said yes, but I’m on the other team here. I always take all my skin care with me and some items are well over 100ml. I would also need to sort through my makeup and split liquids from powders and all this could take me ages. Coupled with that, I really don’t want to encourage the use of those little disposable plastic bags. Instead, I have a little transparent makeup bag that I put my inflight essentials in, and the rest gets checked in. Luggage comes out so quickly nowadays that it is quicker for me to wait for it to come out than it is to re-organise my toiletries bag. So along with my Flight Therapy Oil and my Chanel Allure Sensuelle, I also keep the following in my travel pouch: Seychelles lip balm from The White Company, Les Secrets Eye and Lip Cream by Sothys, any small hand cream that I have lying around at home and the Magic Away Liquid Concealer by Charlotte Tilbury. If It’s a long haul flight, I’ll also throw in a miniature toothpaste and my electric toothbrush. The ones you get on the plane are by no means great.
- Few Other Bits and Bobs
My last few plane essentials: headphones (especially if you are on a short haul flight!), hair ties and a water bottle to avoid single use plastic.
I hope this was useful to anyone with an upcoming flight! If you think there is something I missed out that is one of your absolute plane essentials, please drop it in the comments! And if you liked reading this article and the photography, check out this other piece that I wrote last year on the different British Airways cabin classes! All photos taken on British Airways flights.
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