Long-haul intercontinental flights can be exceptionally grueling, especially if the entire journey is in the 20-35 hour range. Staying busy, preoccupied, and comfortable is difficult on these long flights. Thankfully, there is a list of essential items that any traveler can bring on a long flight to stay entertained, comfortable, and relaxed throughout the entire journey.

A Change of Clothes

Due to the fact that international flights reach such high altitudes, the cabin space can oftentimes feel incredibly cold. It is important to bring a change of clothing for these long-haul flights in order to make sure that the temperature doesn’t get too cold. Nothing is worse than being freezing cold on a 16-hour flight around the world.


Bringing the right food on a long international flight is paramount. Wholesome foods such as nuts, seeds, and dehydrated fruits are extremely beneficial and will keep any traveler satiated and full of energy. Airline meals can be incredibly unhealthy and even cause a person’s stomach to get upset. A person should bring foods that they trust will not disrupt their digestion in any way at all.

A Great Book

Nothing kills time better than a great book. What makes a book great is entirely subjective, so a long-haul traveler should pick a book that interests them the most. A traveler can get lost in a good book and breeze through many hours that would otherwise be extremely boring. If a person is a fast reader, they should bring a really long book.

A Handheld Tablet

Having a handheld tablet pre-loaded with preferable music and movies is a huge asset to have on any long flight. The movies, music, and other entertainment that an airline provides is oftentimes lacking in quality. Bringing a fully charged tablet ensures that a person can listen to music or watch movies that they actually enjoy, rather than enduring subpar entertainment provided in-flight.

Proper Toiletries

Nothing is worse than sitting down in an airplane toilet and discovering that there is no toilet paper. It is so important to bring a wide range of commonly used toiletries such as toilet paper, toothpaste, a toothbrush, lotion, chapstick, hand sanitizer, and other core essentials necessary for a comfortable journey.

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