Shay and I have been perfecting the perfect carry-on travel essentials list for the past 6+ years of full-time travel! It’s probably safe to say that we’ve all been there: unprepared, exhausted and totally uncomfortable on a looong international flight. Maybe you can see me raising both hands in the air? 😉 Since we take […]

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Shay and I have been perfecting the perfect carry-on travel essentials list for the past 6+ years of full-time travel!

It’s probably safe to say that we’ve all been there: unprepared, exhausted and totally uncomfortable on a looong international flight. Maybe you can see me raising both hands in the air? 😉

Since we take at least one international flight every three months, it’s absolutely crucial that we’re comfortable for our long-haul flights. Especially because we’re usually taking flights that are more than 17 hours long!

We’ve realized that the key to making our long-haul flights a breeze is by being prepared with these travel essentials. I know it might sound crazy but we now L-O-V-E taking long-haul flights. Seriously, they’ve been that big of a game-changer. So, let’s get packing!

#1 Your Travel Essential Backpack

First things first, it’s important that you have a comfortable (and stylish!) backpack to pack all of your travel essentials in. For us, this backpack also doubles as our laptop backpack that we use daily. 

Trust me when I say that we’ve scoured the internet for the perfect laptop backpacks that are not just functional for traveling, but also stylish. 

Here are our favorites: 

Lo & Sons Hanover Backpack

We’ve realized that the key to making our long-haul flights a breeze is by being prepared with these travel essentials. I know it might sound crazy but we now L-O-V-E taking long-haul flights. Seriously, they’ve been that big of a game-changer. So, let’s get packing!

Let’s see this backpack in action…

Why we love this backpack:

  • Not bulky for everyday use 
  • Sleek yet understated for travel safety 
  • Waterproof
  • Easy to throw in the washer
  • Designated laptop slot 
  • Hidden passport side-pocket
  • Safety lock zippers
  • A sleeve for your suitcase handle
  • Made for stylish travelers! 

Atlas Supply Minimalist Backpack 

We’ve realized that the key to making our long-haul flights a breeze is by being prepared with these travel essentials. I know it might sound crazy but we now L-O-V-E taking long-haul flights. Seriously, they’ve been that big of a game-changer. So, let’s get packing!

Why we love this backpack:

  • So sleek & stylish
  • Extremely spacious 
  • Removable sections (so versatile!)
  • Designated laptop sleeve
  • Designated passport slot
  • Side-pocket for water bottle 
  • Made for remote workers!

Kraxe Prater Stein Backpack

We’ve realized that the key to making our long-haul flights a breeze is by being prepared with these travel essentials. I know it might sound crazy but we now L-O-V-E taking long-haul flights. Seriously, they’ve been that big of a game-changer. So, let’s get packing!
We’ve realized that the key to making our long-haul flights a breeze is by being prepared with these travel essentials. I know it might sound crazy but we now L-O-V-E taking long-haul flights. Seriously, they’ve been that big of a game-changer. So, let’s get packing!

Why we love this backpack:

  • Not bulky for everyday use 
  • Sleek yet understated for travel safety 
  • Waterproof
  • Designated laptop sleeve
  • Designated passport slot
  • Side-pocket for water bottle 
  • Fair trade made in Portugal!

#2 Your Plush Neck Pillow

Who knew that we’d swear by a neck pillow?! A comfortable sleep is key to making your long-haul a breeze. That my friend starts with adding this neck pillow to your travel essentials list. We’ve tried so many neck pillows over the years: from inflatable to bean-bag type. This is by far THE BEST travel neck pillow out there.

I promise you, not all neck pillows are made equal 😉 

Cabeau Evolution Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow

We’ve realized that the key to making our long-haul flights a breeze is by being prepared with these travel essentials. I know it might sound crazy but we now L-O-V-E taking long-haul flights. Seriously, they’ve been that big of a game-changer. So, let’s get packing!

#3 Your Travel Beauty Essentials

Next up is making sure that you have your go-to beauty travel essentials on-board so you look and feel oh-so-fresh and clean! We’re both huge sticklers when it comes to using quality beauty products, so here are our faves!

Face Moisturizer: Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet

The recycled air that’s used inside airplanes will make your skin extremely dry. This is why it’s so important to have an extra moisturizing face lotion on-hand. This one by Caudlie is our absolute fave, and it’s the perfect travel size.

We’ve realized that the key to making our long-haul flights a breeze is by being prepared with these travel essentials. I know it might sound crazy but we now L-O-V-E taking long-haul flights. Seriously, they’ve been that big of a game-changer. So, let’s get packing!

Face Mask: Laneige Water Sleeping Mask Mini

Another step to make sure your skin is hydrated on those long-haul flights! Our go-to is the mini sized sleeping mask by Laneige.

We’ve realized that the key to making our long-haul flights a breeze is by being prepared with these travel essentials. I know it might sound crazy but we now L-O-V-E taking long-haul flights. Seriously, they’ve been that big of a game-changer. So, let’s get packing!

Lip Mask: Laneige Lip Mask

We love to follow our face mask up with this moisturizing lip mask also from Laneige.

We’ve realized that the key to making our long-haul flights a breeze is by being prepared with these travel essentials. I know it might sound crazy but we now L-O-V-E taking long-haul flights. Seriously, they’ve been that big of a game-changer. So, let’s get packing!

Toothbrush: Quip Electric Toothbrush

There’s nothing like a fresh mouth of pearly whites on a flight! The hype is real: we love this chic electric toothbrush by Quip!

Chapstick: Uriage Moisturizing Lipstick 

If you’re a chapstick kinda girl, then we’re head over heels for this one by Uriage. We take it with us literally everywhere we go.

We’ve realized that the key to making our long-haul flights a breeze is by being prepared with these travel essentials. I know it might sound crazy but we now L-O-V-E taking long-haul flights. Seriously, they’ve been that big of a game-changer. So, let’s get packing!

Makeup Wipes: Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes

We love this small pack of coconut water cleansing wipes to wipe off our makeup on a flight before catching some zzzz’s. 

Perfume: Tocca “Florence” Rollerball

I’m obsessed with this little rollerball perfume and always have it in my carry-on when I travel. The fragrance is fresh and delightful right before landing!

We’ve realized that the key to making our long-haul flights a breeze is by being prepared with these travel essentials. I know it might sound crazy but we now L-O-V-E taking long-haul flights. Seriously, they’ve been that big of a game-changer. So, let’s get packing!

Other beauty items to have in your carry-on: 

  • Glasses
  • Contact solution
  • Travel-size deodorant
  • Travel-size toothpaste 
  • Bandaids (just in case!)

#4 Noise-Blocking Earplugs 

Shay loves these pillow-soft earplugs by Mack’s to block out noise on a long-haul flight. These wax earplugs mold to the shape of your ear and go outside of your ear instead of inside. 

We’ve realized that the key to making our long-haul flights a breeze is by being prepared with these travel essentials. I know it might sound crazy but we now L-O-V-E taking long-haul flights. Seriously, they’ve been that big of a game-changer. So, let’s get packing!

#5 Your Travel Outfit 

It’s absolutely essential that you’re comfy on a long-haul flight. No jeans and heels over here! 

Here’s a breakdown of our go-to plane outfit: 

Super Soft Black T-Shirt

Because black is always in style and it’s basically spill proof…

We’ve realized that the key to making our long-haul flights a breeze is by being prepared with these travel essentials. I know it might sound crazy but we now L-O-V-E taking long-haul flights. Seriously, they’ve been that big of a game-changer. So, let’s get packing!

Tennis Shoes

Because you never know when you might need to run a marathon across an airport 😉

We’ve realized that the key to making our long-haul flights a breeze is by being prepared with these travel essentials. I know it might sound crazy but we now L-O-V-E taking long-haul flights. Seriously, they’ve been that big of a game-changer. So, let’s get packing!

Plush Sweatshirt

Airplanes also tend to get pretty cold so a plush sweatshirt is necessary.

Cozy Socks

An absolute necessity to be cozy on your flight!

We’ve realized that the key to making our long-haul flights a breeze is by being prepared with these travel essentials. I know it might sound crazy but we now L-O-V-E taking long-haul flights. Seriously, they’ve been that big of a game-changer. So, let’s get packing!

TIP: We recommend packing a change of clothes (at least undergarments!) on your carry-on. If you have a long layover, many international airports have shower facilities…game-changer!

#6 Noise-cancelling headphones

Quality bluetooth and noise-cancelling headphones are an absolute must for traveling and working online. I love the style and sound quality of these DJ-quality headphones. They even fold into a small carrying case which is great on the go!

We’ve realized that the key to making our long-haul flights a breeze is by being prepared with these travel essentials. I know it might sound crazy but we now L-O-V-E taking long-haul flights. Seriously, they’ve been that big of a game-changer. So, let’s get packing!

#7 Headphone Jack Adaptor

If you’re planning on binge-watching your favorite movies on the flight, we highly recommend grabbing these Audio Jack Adapters. They’ll allow you to use your high quality headphones on the flight instead of the cheap complementary headphones.

#8 Your Handy Portable Charger

Make sure that you never run out of power with this sleek and lightweight power bank!

We’ve realized that the key to making our long-haul flights a breeze is by being prepared with these travel essentials. I know it might sound crazy but we now L-O-V-E taking long-haul flights. Seriously, they’ve been that big of a game-changer. So, let’s get packing!

#9 Silk Sleep Eye Mask

The Silk sleep mask helps you catch some much needed zzzz’s while you’re on a long-haul flight. Regardless of whether the airplane lights are on or your neighbor has their personal reading light on, you’ll be good to go!

We’ve realized that the key to making our long-haul flights a breeze is by being prepared with these travel essentials. I know it might sound crazy but we now L-O-V-E taking long-haul flights. Seriously, they’ve been that big of a game-changer. So, let’s get packing!

#10 Beat Jet Lag Sleeping Pills

One of the keys to beating jet lag when you’re taking a long-haul flight is getting in enough rest on your flight. We recommend setting your phone clock to the timezone of your final destination. Then, sleeping according to that timezone! We take Advil PM sleeping pills to make sure we have a solid rest on the flight.

#11 Cute Passport Cover

If style is an essential in your book then you’ll be needing a cute passport cover like this one! It’s also great for snapping cute Insta photos during your trip 😉

We’ve realized that the key to making our long-haul flights a breeze is by being prepared with these travel essentials. I know it might sound crazy but we now L-O-V-E taking long-haul flights. Seriously, they’ve been that big of a game-changer. So, let’s get packing!

#12 Kindle Paperwhite

We both have a Kindle Paperwhite and we take them with us everywhere we go. Before you take a long-haul flight, make sure you’re prepared with a few books in case you’re in the mood for some reading!

We’ve realized that the key to making our long-haul flights a breeze is by being prepared with these travel essentials. I know it might sound crazy but we now L-O-V-E taking long-haul flights. Seriously, they’ve been that big of a game-changer. So, let’s get packing!

Psst…here’s a list of some of our favorite business books!

#13 Electronic Cord Organizer

There’s nothing more frustrating than having cords all over the place when you’re traveling. This stylish and extremely functional electronic cord organizer means that we have ALL of our cords in one easy-to-access place!

We’ve realized that the key to making our long-haul flights a breeze is by being prepared with these travel essentials. I know it might sound crazy but we now L-O-V-E taking long-haul flights. Seriously, they’ve been that big of a game-changer. So, let’s get packing!

#14 SkyRoam Travel Wifi

This is a must-have item for every online girl boss! Skyroam gives you Wifi access no matter where you’re located in the world. Whether you want to work on a train, beach, or desert camp site, this device will give you access to strong wifi. This also makes it super handy for traveling and getting wifi at the airport etc.

We’ve realized that the key to making our long-haul flights a breeze is by being prepared with these travel essentials. I know it might sound crazy but we now L-O-V-E taking long-haul flights. Seriously, they’ve been that big of a game-changer. So, let’s get packing!

#15 Swell Water Bottle

It’s important to stay hydrated on the regular, but especially when you’re on a long-haul flight! We always have our Swell water bottles handy to fill up.

We’ve realized that the key to making our long-haul flights a breeze is by being prepared with these travel essentials. I know it might sound crazy but we now L-O-V-E taking long-haul flights. Seriously, they’ve been that big of a game-changer. So, let’s get packing!

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