Surviving Long Haul Flights Like a Boss

So you’ve followed all my instructions about budget travel. You’ve got a great flight deal and are travelling carry on only but one of your flights is 10+ hours… Ok don’t panic, it’s not so bad there is a method to surviving long haul flights. First, what you need to do is pack your carry on and get a small bag where you will pack your in-flight essentials. This is much easier than digging through your carry on every second on the flight. I make sure everything can pack into my carry on and then remove my in-flight essentials from the bag.

So here are a few essentials for surviving long haul flights:

Noise Cancelling Headphones and Ipod

I use these ones from Bose which I got as a gift a couple Christmases ago. They are really amazing. Sometimes I just put them on and turn on the noise cancelling feature to block out the noise from the aircraft. I still have my favorite ipod shuffle from forever ago, the battery lasts forever so it’s perfect for long trips.

Travel Pillow

I have a terrible habit of falling asleep with my head back and mouth open (really attractive) while I’m watching a movie. Or I plant my face in my palm and fall asleep until slide forward and wake up. I really need to buy myself a decent travel pillow! So this is definitely a necessity for surviving long haul flights!


Most planes have really good in-flight entertainment nowadays. I mean like the most recent movies and even some awesome games. But, if you want to keep yourself occupied with other stuff or you have work to do, then make sure you bring your tablet. Make sure to charge it up before you go though as some planes may have charging ports but others do not. Jason uses a Surface pro 4 and I’m slightly envious.


My old school first generation kindle is my favourite, but I love this one. I load it up with about 4 books before I travel. I know I will always manage to finish one before we land especially on these long flights. If you love to read and travel you should look into getting one since it hardly takes up any space and it can hold so many books!


Is it just me or do airlines literally wait until you are about to eat your shoe to feed you? Always walk with snacks.  I don’t mean gummy bears and potato chips either. I like to take protein bars with me on long haul flights, they are filling and can satisfy that sweet tooth as well. My favorites are quest bars. I usually grab a bag of hard candies as well since I do like a little sweet after dinner, I find hard candies last a bit longer than gummy bears. Also, ordering a special meal means that you get your food first. Many airlines have plenty of options to choose from including gluten free and vegan.

Tea bags are also great to bring on flights, I like herbal teas like chamomile. All you need to do is ask for some hot water and you are good to go. These herbal teas are a lot more hydrating since they don’t have in caffeine like normal tea. It’s a great way to mellow you out and helps you get some sleep.


Not the illegal ones! You wouldn’t be on this plane anyway if you did. Bring pain killers, nothing is worse than a headache that kicks in mid-flight. The same goes for allergy medication, you never know when you’ll be stuck next to someone who bathed in their perfume that morning. I love to walk with some extra packets of emergen-C, it’s a great way to keep hydrated and the vitamin C helps to fight off any germs that are trying to knock you out before you even start your trip. Not a drug but kind of falls under the health category, purell or wipes. Planes are disgusting so it’s great to have to clean your hands before dinner comes around.


Don’t forget that planes always get cold, bring a sweatshirt or pashmina to throw over you. Keep your passport, documents and wallet close by along with a pen for any landing forms you may need to fill out. Make sure you try and get as much sleep as possible on board. Keep hydrated to avoid feeling dried out and run down.

Now you know all the things you need for surviving long haul flights! You are pretty much all set for your big adventure.

Do you have any other travel essentials that you carry with you? Let me know what they are in the comments!




  • Christina from Happy to Wander December 13, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    After just doing a 14 hr commute, I sooo wish I read this earlier!! but awesome tips for sure, and I think taking advantage of the in-flight refreshments *cough* wine *cough* helps too 😉

    • Stace December 14, 2016 at 11:12 am

      Oh yes thank God for wine

  • Allison December 13, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    I have an inflatable travel pillow that scrunches up to a really compact size when not in use. It’s covered in soft fleecy material so it’s not scratchy like other inflatable pillows. For me it’s a must! I really want some noise cancelling headphones… maybe that should go on my Christmas wishlist 😀

  • Nadine December 13, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Great post idea! I use all the things on your list too when I travel, but I really don’t like planes. 🙂

  • Iza Abao, Two Monkeys Travel Group Writer December 14, 2016 at 7:59 am

    These are all great tips. I buy a bottled water before my flight. I bring snacks too like almonds, chips etc. I have tried to do my work on the plane but it made dizzy. I should just try to relax.

  • Natalie December 14, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Great tips. You can never be too prepared for a long trip. We always travel with the kids and we have a list of things to prepare for them, too! Everyone has their own stuff in a carryon to make it easy. The destination is always worth the trouble of a long flight, right? 🙂

  • neha December 14, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Wonderful tips. I don’t get much sleep while transiting. So, these are really going to help me survive long flights

  • Meg Cale December 14, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    The books are a MUST. I do so much reading when I’m in flight or in transit between two different locations. It’s hands down the best way to make it through the long haul.

  • The Travel Ninjas December 14, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    We fly all the time. We couldn’t survive without our noise cancelling headphones. That is a great tip.

  • Diana - MVMT Blog December 15, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    I have the Bose noise cancelling headphones as well! I got them for a gift also, and they are perfect for flights! One thing I always manage to forget is the “drugs” – usually I don’t need them at all, but when the occasional migraine strikes and I’ve realized I’ve forgotten my painkillers, it’s a sad realization. Thanks for the reminder to bring meds with me on my next trip 🙂

  • Leah December 15, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Such great suggestions. I actually REALLY need to invest in noise canceling headphones, because ear plugs don’t always do the trick. And you’re so right about bringing a pillow too, especially for long haul flights!

  • Victoria December 15, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    I want to get a face mask or nose warmer of some sort since my nose gets cold and I cringe when I hear people cough and sneeze !


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