The comfort you have on the flight has to come down to the things you bring onboard with you and those things you need to get on every flight. This post stemmed from my trip to Berlin in late February.
I always think it’s best to plan, I do my best on most occasions. In this post, I’ll cover the essentials, along with some entertainment and hopefully, you’ll be prepared and can use this post and checklist for your next adventure! Whether it’s an internal, external, long haul or short haul flight, it’s likely you’ll need the things in this post.
First of all, earphones are always essential for a flight when you want to block out all the background noise (the people included here)… and if you’re trying to sleep then without some of these you’ll barely be able to doze off in the air. Having little ones which aren’t bulky and heavy, being small and light instead, they don’t take up much room in your bag- which is always a plus when travelling!
Secondly, if you want to be organised and know exactly where your things are, then you’ll need something you can fit your passport and other papers into, then they will all be together in a safe place. Hopefully, you’ll realise your passport is going to be pretty handy, so will be one of the first things that you put in your bag! Finding something to put these documents in could easily be as simple as using a plastic wallet, which you can find in many high street shops and supermarkets or if you want to go all out, then find yourself a nice travel wallet from a place like Paperchase!
Make sure you put your boarding pass in here too! If you’re travelling within Europe, don’t forget to bring your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and check that it’s still in date way before you need to travel, in the event that you become ill whilst on holiday. If you’re going international, then be sure to purchase relevant travel insurance and insurance for any extreme activities that you are doing, so you know that you’ll be covered whatever happens.
A money belt or hidden pocket will also be a useful item and along with that bring the right currency for the country that you are visiting. Look out for the best rate before you buy, therefore you’ll have more money to purchase food and other little gifts. By having a money belt, it’ll make sure your valuables are kept close to you. A top tip with this one is to split the cash you have and in the event that one of your bags is stolen, you will still be able to get by.
It’s likely you’ll get a random burst of inspiration whilst on the plane or might have to fill out forms at the airport depending on your flight etc so make sure you pack a pen and notebook/journal! If you lend one to someone on the plane, keep an eye on the person otherwise it’s unlikely you will get it back!
I guess bringing a book is only really for those who don’t get travel sick on the plane and I don’t know about you but those magazines they give you on the plane are pretty boring… seriously, who wants to view advertisements on every page?
Let’s be honest you’re going to be on that plane for an hour or even a few hours, so you might as well use that time reading for pleasure and not for work or study…especially saying you’re going on holiday. Just think about the number of pages you could get through in just 2 hours alone. If you can’t read on transport though, then depending on where you’re going, you may want to read whilst you lounge in the sun or in a local coffee shop… and if you’re stuck for something to read check out my suggestions; The Girl on The Train, The Geography of You and Me and The Islamist!
When you’re abroad, make sure you’ve got an electrical adaptor otherwise you won’t be able to charge your phone very easily! A portable charger may also be a good shout, as you might not be able to charge your phone on the plane and during day trips and it’s unlikely you’ll have somewhere you can just plug it in.
Finally, pack some wipes, antibacterial hand gel and a lip balm in your carry-on bag. It’ll be handy, as you never know who sat in the seat before you or who pushed the door in the toilet! Chances are they are all ridden with bacteria, so best to be prepared.
- Plastic Wallet/ Travel Wallet
- Boarding Pass
- European Health Card/Travel Insurance (if outside Europe)
- Money Belt/Hidden Pocket
- Pen/Notebook Journal
- Electrical Adaptor
- Portable Charger
- Wipes/Anti-bacterial hand gel
- Lip balm
Obviously, this isn’t an extensive list. Clothes would be a good idea too…
Wherever you’re going this summer, I know you’ll have a great time! Just ensure you have thought about all the things you are doing on your trip so you can be sure you’re prepared for any scenario, expected or unexpected.
Would you say I’m missing something? What do you take in your bag? Where are you going this year?
Until next time,