How do you pack hand luggage for the long-haul flight to Australia? You can do many things to make your flight comfortable and get prepped.
While for some, a night stopover may help reduce stress, for others splitting the flight into three chunks can be a better option to put up with the long time sitting on the plane.
How to pack hand luggage for the long flight to Australia
- Travel Bag or Backpack
I use it as it’s compact and practical to carry around. If you use a travel bag, get a soft one with side pockets. Pack things into small bags to easily see where is what. I use 3-4 small bags with different colours to grab them without having to rummage through the backpack every time.
- Pack the hand luggage with personal things for the first 1-2 days
You never know what expects you. Your checked-in luggage may not arrive the same day you arrive at your destination, and it must be prepared. Being self-sufficient for a couple of days will reduce stress.
- Wear comfortable clothes for the plane
I pack warm clothes to change when I am on the plane. It can get pretty cold inside the plane, especially when the air conditioning is high at night. This is what I wear and pack for my plane outfit.
- Stretch trousers
- Fleece jumper
- Compression stockings to prevent deep vein thrombosis. Check first with your doctor what type of compression stockings is good for you.
- Soft socks with rubber soil to walk on the plane
- a neck silk scarf
- eye mask,
- a long scarf,
- Body map that you can wear underneath to keep you warm or as sleepwear.
- Check out Amazon for a wide choice of travel wear items.
Pack small bottles or squeeze tubes filled with toiletries you will need during the flight (if you take medicines, pack them to cover 2-3 days). Use the same zipped bag for security and place it into a big bag. This is what I pack for my flight to Australia.
- hand wipes, toilette wipes
- hand cream
- face wash gel and face moisturizer
- tooth-brush and tooth-paste
- a small comb and a tiny cosmetic mirror
- lavender oil and natural citrus deo
- lips balm or moisturizer
- leg balm
- Sleeping remedies
Eye mask for travel, ear plugs, mouth mask, lavender or peppermint oil, herbal tea bags, essential nutrients, Vitamin C.
- Entertainment on the plane
Books, magazines, diaries, i-pod, laptop, music. Everything you like to keep you occupied on the plane. Your hand luggage should not exceed 8-10 kg. Check with your airline company’s baggage weight regulations and the size if you travel with a wheel hand luggage; usually, the standard ones are 55x35x20.
- Pack your food
If you are on a special diet, pack what you need; however, most airlines offer a variety of meals to match a broad spectrum of diets. Check the list of special dietary needs and book accordingly when checking in online. Moreover, it’s always good to buy/pack fruits, mixed nuts in small bags as snacks, and herbal teas in bags to help you stay healthy on the plane.
Spending 12 to 17 hours on the plane is a long time. And if you add the time of getting to the airport, navigating through check-in, security, boarding the plane, stopping over, and going through immigration in Australia, it quickly comes up to 24 hours. That’s why I wrote this post on reducing airport stress when travelling.
The more travel comfort you have on the plane, the better for recovering from jet lag.
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