You've got a 19 hour journey ahead of you and only one bag, you're on multiple airlines and although you're departing in the morning you're not gonna arrive until your destination's nighttime (timezones can really mess you up) - what on earth do you pack? Fear not. Whether you're jetting to Japan or cruising to Cuba, our 101 guide tells you exactly which essentials make the cut, just remember - if your luggage gets lost on the way, this list will save you till help is at hand.
The constant struggle between using a cute bag and fitting 0 in it, and lugging around a huge rucksack, yet being able to carry your kitchen sink. When it comes to long haul flights, try and bring the largest bag your airline will allow. As long as its easy to carry, compact and doesn't weigh you down whilst carrying it, you really will be thankful for that extra room (something I learnt the hard way on a 36 hour journey with a tiny handbag). Rucksacks really are the best option; you can access everything inside easy, it can hold a large amount, and is easy to carry. That isn't to say they have to be ugly though, I love the Fjallraven Kanken rucksacks, they are really spacious, have multiple compartments (including one specifically for laptops) and come in a great range of sizes and colours.
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8. Kindle. I am a huge reader, I could easily finish a book per flight, so its going to be space, and weight costly for me to bring 2+ books in my bag when I could just pack my ultra slim Kindle. Granted its not a patch on the feeling and smell of thick musty paper, but its a compromise to be able to read so much whilst away.
9.Travel Guide. Having said that about Kindles, I NEED a physical copy of a travel guide. Although controversial; I love making notes in guides, folding the corners and sticking post-it notes. Its just not the same on a screen.
10. Travel wallet. I only recently acquired one of these and I really wonder how I've coped without one. Boarding passes, ID, currency and passport all in one place, because most of the time you'll need them all at once. So much easier than hunting around your entire bag for them and panicking that you've left one of them behind (lets face it you're not going anywhere without one of them).
11. Camera. Abu Dhabi airport is up there as one of most impressive airports I've visited so I was pretty glad I had my camera handy, not only that when you arrive at your destination you want to capture that amazing moment of awe when you step into the country. Make sure it's insured - you never know what can go wrong, keep it in a case, and don't forget to get a memory card with a large GB!
12. Chargers. Thinking about being in an airport 8 hours from home, my phone, iPad, kindle and camera out of battery brings me out in a cold sweat. Its ESSENTIAL to bring the chargers in your hand luggage. Even if they're fully charged on departure, you can never reply on Apple batteries, and I can't think of anything worse than arriving at your final destination with no charge on your phone and no way of contacting people. I bought this USB adapter from Primark. It has two USB ports and a changeable plug with different adaptors so not only can you charge two devices at once, you can do it in any country you please.
Now you're prepared for any long distance flight, keep posted for our guide to shorter flights and what to pack in your carry on!