I often look at people who get on long-haul flights with nothing but a newspaper and I wonder to myself, HOW? Like, how on earth are they going to last a 20+ hour commute with only a newspaper? What if they get hungry? A stain on their shirt? What if their luggage gets lost?
Call me paranoid, but I've learned the hard way that it's worth carrying a spare pair of knickers in your carry on. Here are some essentials I pack for the plane...
A BIG, LIGHTWEIGHT SCARF
I often freeze on planes, so I always make sure I pack something multi-use that I can wear as a scarf, blanket, shawl and even a sarong at my end destination.
Yes, I am that person that will put my PJs on (yes even if I’m not in the part of the plane where people actually get given pyjamas to wear – just living vicariously, ya know) and a set of under-eye masks and make myself right at home. Air travel dehydrates you big time, so be sure to drink lots of water and keep your skin as moisturised as you can (I also say no to anything alcoholic on the plane. It just further dehydrates you and it tends to give me a cranking headache).
A TRAVEL-SIZED TOOTHBRUSH AND TOOTHPASTE SET
This is a no-brainer. Don't forget. Not brushing your teeth is gross! My go-to is by Aussie brand 101 Lifestyle and is available at Mecca in a travel set with a mini charcoal mouthwash, too.
Do not get caught without (your own stash). I repeat, DO NOT GET CAUGHT OUT. Some airlines MAY have an emergency pad but who wants to risk it?! As you know (I hope you do?!) Moxie products come with handy purse-packs so that they’re easy to carry around in your purse or pocket. A few intimate wipes don’t go astray either, especially if it’s going to be a while since you can get to a shower.
NOISE CANCELLING HEADPHONES
You can often buy them at Duty Free just before you board. These might set you back a few clams, but they're a great investment - they're more comfy to wear that those which they give you on the plane and will drown out all outside noise - snoring fellow passengers, screaming babies and even that loud hum of the plane that can often keep you awake (headphones + earplugs in one!).
A SPARE PAIR OF KNICKERS (OR TWO)
I’ve had luggage get lost or delayed before and it ain’t fun. It’s a reeeeeal hassle. And, it often happens at an hour where you can’t get to the shops to even buy some essentials to get you through. I’ve learned the hard way that it’s worth carrying a spare pair of undies in your carry on.
I like my food and particularly my snacks. Planes rarely give you enough of them (I need a snack for when we’re taking off, a snack for when I’m watching a movie, another for when I’m reading, another to distract me from how many hours we’ve got to go until we land – the list goes on…). You can often buy mini bags of nuts and crisps at the airport before you fly. Chocolate never goes astray, either. Bananas are also good (if you like them, of course). I’ve also taken my own cup-a-soup on before – just ask the cabin crew to add some boiling water for you and voila! HOW GOOD ARE SNACKS?!
Happy travels, Moxettes!!
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