6 weird items you never knew you needed on your long haul flight

Lets be honest, the world doesn’t need another blog post about flight essentials. I feel like half of the things I find on Pinterest redirect me to articles reminding me to pack an eye mask and neck pillow. Groundbreaking.

So this is a post about all those things that you had no idea you needed. Until now.

You’re welcome.

Plastic bag

Picture the scene: you’ve finished your plastic cup of wine, munched down those peanuts and opened your blanket and headphones. The cabin crew are nowhere to be seen – and now you’ve got quite a bit of rubbish in your lap. You can either throw it on the floor or wedge it in the seat pocket alongside your books, phone and other belongings.

Or – you can pull the plastic bag out of your hand luggage, pop the rubbish in there and keep your seat area nice and tidy. Life changing.

Safety pin

With the cost of sim cards vs roaming charges it’s becoming increasingly common to buy a sim card when aboard. It’s one of the first things I buy when I arrive somewhere new and I’m growing quite a collection! But what happens when you’re landing, decide to switch back to your home sim and then realise that your iPhone sim is harder to access than bloody Fort Knox? Simply grab a safety pin from your wallet and pop it out. Simple! Much better than having to ask one of the cabin crew for their name badge, which I’ve definitely never had to do.

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Make your flying life easier so you can enjoy views like this…

Freezer Bags

Obviously, these are useful for transporting any liquids (because apparently the X-ray machines can’t see through colours) they also act like packing cubes for your hand luggage. Pop electronics into one, books and pencils in another, and make a little bedtime pack with your ear plugs/eye mask. I even divide my toiletries up so there’s just one little pack I can grab to go freshen up.

A few pens

If you’re flying long haul then chances are you’ll need to fill out some sort of landing or customs card. Avoid the embarrassment of combing the plane for a pen and just pack a few in your bag. Not only will it make your life easier, you’ll earn brownie points from your seatmates. Now there’s no way they can be annoyed at you for needed to access the aisle every 45 minutes.


I know that everyone swears by baby wipes, and they definitely have their place in your carry on. But if you want to really feel clean? You need to give yourself a good flannel wash in the loo. It’s the closest you can get to a shower without flying first class on Emirates and I guarantee you’ll feel 100 times fresher than if you’ve just given yourself a wipe down. Pop it in one of your freezer bags and you don’t need to worry about turning your bad into a soggy mess!

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Feeling fresh after my flannel bath, baby.

Collapsible Water Bottle

Everyone knows how important it is to stay hydrated on flights. Yet it can sometimes be an absolute arse to get access to drinking water. Buy yourself a bottle from the airport and you risk having it confiscated (looking at you flight gate security). Plus many airlines, like Emirates, have a water fountain recessed at a weird angle into the wall. Get a collapsible bottle and not only will you save space in your carry on, you can fill it up easily even when taps are placed strangely.

Do you bring any of these items on flights already? Or is there something else I haven’t thought of?



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  • Reply Therie

    Baby wipes are actually the worst! Great tip on bringing a flannel washcloth!

    March 27, 2017 at 3:03 pm
    • Reply Cheskie

      Totally agree! Glad you liked the tips 🙂

      April 6, 2017 at 2:34 pm

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