I’ve been doing a lot of travelling over the last year or so between England and Portugal, as you may have noticed by now. So, I feel like I’ve gotten quite good at preparing for the airport and knowing what to, and what not to, take with me on my hand luggage. It’s easy to get confused as well with all of the rules and different people telling you different things, so here’s five things that I always take, and what you must too.
Truth be told, I’m quite an over-prepared flier. I like to be packed way in advance and this also means my hand luggage too. I tend to get my case packed a few weeks ahead but my hand luggage I have it ready a week in advance, this way I know and can be rest assured that I have everything and that nothing is forgotten, it also means that I can keep a list of things that I’ve packed so that I don’t need to worry.
1. A pillow
I use the J-Pillow and it’s been such a help when I can’t go with my usual airline. I normally fly with TAP Portugal, I like the airline and the airplanes are designed so that if I fall asleep, I’m comfortable. But sometimes TAP is too expensive for me or the times just don’t align with what I’d like, so I go with Ryan Air instead. It’s pretty common knowledge that Ryan Air is a cheap airline so the planes aren’t as comfortable nor are they as accommodating. So I like to take my J-Pillow whenever I fly with Ryan Air so I can sleep comfortably on my late flights.
2. Earphones and prepare an in-flight playlist!
I never go a flight without listening to my music; I feel like it helps the fight feel faster and also, I can’t fall asleep to the sound of the plane but I can fall asleep to the sound of music! I’m using the Blossoming Babes playlist this time:
3. A Power bank
The best thing that I ever invested in was a power bank and I advise everyone to get one regardless of whether or not you’re going on a plane, these are just handy in your day-to-day life as well.
4. A copy of all of your documentation
In case anything goes awry in the airport, you want to make sure that you have a copy of all of your documentation, I’ve known people at the airport standing there frustrated and red in the face because they got mixed up, something went wrong or they arrived late without any documentation.
5. A travel sized facial moisturiser
I don’t have a specific recommendation for this one, everybody has different skin and I appreciate that, but I like to take a small travel sized moisturiser on my flights because my skin gets dry on board. I don’t know why, but it does always happen. I won’t keep applying it but I will put it on halfway through a flight(if I’m awake) just to keep the dryness at bay.
So, that’s all for my essentials. This is everything I’ll be taking with me on my flight which, by the time this goes live, has already happened. What are your travel essentials?