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1. Posted by bob_dog (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

My (usual) list for a 5+ hour flight:

- thin paperback (under 200 pages)
- puzzle magazine, 6cm x 10cm notepad, and two pens
- PDA (or laptop, but that's heavy)
- MP3 player loaded and fully charged

- A 500ml bottle of water for every 4 hours of flight
- fruit/muffins/sandwich in case the food is terrible
- Toothbrush and toothpaste in a ziploc
- a small bar of soap in a ziploc
- two extra ziploc bags (garbage, dirty underwear)
- a packet of moist-wipe towels
- a packet of kleenex

- a quick-dry sports towel
- a light t-shirt (ever spilt anything mid-flight?)
- a pair of shorts
- 1 or 2 pair of underwear (if I'm feeling funky)

All told, it weighs under 5kg. What's your list?
Did you get any ideas from this or have suggestions?

2. Posted by road_trip (Full Member 203 posts) 10y

With only a few more things you wont need to check in any other luggage........

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

After losing my luggage for 4 days and realizing I packed my toiletries in my checked luggage, I now pack:

  • contact solution and case (travel size)
  • all meds
  • deoderant
  • toothbrush and paste
  • facecloth
  • face cream
  • foundation (a must have)
  • wet wipes
  • paperback
  • bottle of water
  • earphones (except for lat time when I forgot)
  • change of shirt, socks, underwear
  • a sweater
  • plus I usually stuff my purse into my backpack, so I also carry all the essential purse things.
4. Posted by SuzanneP (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

My carry-on list:

-Change of underwear (just in case)
-Light pullover clothes (if the plane is cold, which it usually is)
-A jacket, ONLY if I will need it at my destination
-Any medication
-Baby wipes or hand wipes (great for a refreshing "bath" mid-flight)
-All ID and financial info-- passport, wallet, destination information, directions
-Book
-Headphones (airplanes almost always have a plug in on your armrest with music channels, but some charge to use the headphones)
-Advil/Asprin, for the headache the flight will likely give me

In my opinion, everything else is pretty dispensible.

5. Posted by Liamson (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

my essentials for a trip (which almost always begins with me flying to Hong Kong - 8hrs) are;

-Book, something fairly big for the long flight eg Dan Brown
-iPod, headphones, charger
-PSp so i dont miss episodes of Prison Break :P
-Tissues
-small jumper
-water bottle
-sudoku book :P
-sunglasses
and lip balm coz its soo dam dry on the plane!

every flight thats wat I pack.

6. Posted by clover329 (Budding Member 12 posts) 9y

My Toiletries Bag (including my makeup...although I think I'm gonna pack away some larger bottles of shampoo/conditioner now on tho)
Eyeglasses
MP3 Player/headphones
Spare panties/socks
Extra shirt/light fleece
Book - Usually guides
Reisen - I've bought a bag everytime since my first flight.
Water
Advil/Tylenol PM
Few snack foods
Passport & ID's of course

7. Posted by faunafan (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

depends on the flight time
3 hrs: reading material, music, (if on flight entertainment sucks ) documents and laptop
3-6 hrs: include an inflatable head pillow
>8 hrs: include toiletries (usually provided by better airlines), breathmints/gum for the benefit of nearby passengers, change of clothes
of course all meds and sugar snacks if diabetic

8. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y

what ever the flight time is,I took my lessons just beeing a 20 min.hop
to the Island I live could end up easy to a 24 hour trip.
handluggage means to me 1 clean t-shirt/blouse,underwaer and my toothbrush,hairebrush,deo,just the things to make you feel human
after many hours of flying or just sitting and waiting for a delated flight.
I arrived after a really long non stop flight to Nz,my luggage was not on the same flight I took it easy, moved on,bought some new things till my suitcase was delivered 15 days later.
After 5 days and more you will not very much miss all the "importend"items from your suitcase anymore.:)
Marlis

9. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

laptop
mobile phone
ipod
condoms (just in case)
jumper
maybe some reading material

i might go out and buy the playstation portable... hmmm

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 26, 2007, at 8:25 AM by oslaue ]

10. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 9y

Wow some of these lists are quite extensive lol. I've always been happy with a book, some sort of music player and contact lens solution Guess it goes to show I've never had lost luggage or been stranded for an extended period of time........