What's in My Carry-On for International Travel

I just got back from my first time ever traveling abroad. One of my biggest stressors before leaving was trying to figure out what I needed to pack for 13 hours on a plane. Overseas travel takes a very long time, so you have to make sure to pack the perfect supplies. Here are the essentials to start your dream trip off right.

  1. 1. Snacks

    On most overseas flights, passengers are fed at least one meal and offered drinks, but it’s always nice to have your own snacks to keep you full and busy. I’d recommend popcorn, nuts, or fruit!

  2. 2. Water Bottle

    The number one issue with long-distance travel is dehydration. Planes can be very drying, so it’s best to drink as much water as you can. Also, try to bring lotion to keep your skin hydrated, too!

  3. 3. Sleep Mask & Earplugs

    The best way to pass the time on long flights is to sleep. A sleep mask can block light from windows or people’s devices while earplugs block out any noises, like a crying baby.

  4. 4. Face Spray

    Along with the water tip, a face spray or skin refresher can be the perfect pick-me-up if you’re trying to stay awake and recharged.

  5. 5. Change of Clothes

    Since you’ll most likely be sleeping, I’d recommend getting on the plane in soft, comfy clothing (or even pajamas!). In the morning, when you’re close to touchdown, you can then switch into your change of clothes to be ready to take on the day.

  6. 6. Blanket

    Though you can also use a big scarf or jacket, a blanket is the best way to stay warm and cozy while sleeping onboard your flight.

  7. 7. Netflix Downloads

    There are many different entertainment options for trips, but my personal favorite is to prepare some Netflix downloads before you go. This way, you can catch up on the show you’re binging, or even re-watch some of your favorite movies.

  8. 8. Music

    Making sure to have a bunch of your favorite music ready to go is essential to surviving overseas flights!

  9. 9. Headphones

    To listen to music, watch tv/movies on Netflix, or to even plug into the back-of-seat television on the flight, you’ll need a pair of headphones. Make sure they’re either noise-canceling or loud enough to be heard over the hum of the plane.

  10. 10. Books & Magazines

    Lastly, one of my favorite ways to stay entertained on long flights is to bring along my current read and some recent magazines.