30 Flight Essentials You Should Bring on a Plane

Me and my mom in Kefalonia, Greece. We still travel together sometimes.

I started travelling when I was 4 years old, and I have never stopped, so I can say that I have a lot of travelling experience. My mother is a super-organized person, and lucky me, I inherited her genes.

She taught me a lot while travelling with her. And when I started to travel by myself, I learnt even more. That is why I want to give you all the tips I know, so your travel will always go as smooth as possible.

Tip: Don't forget to pack all these essentials inside slide lock bags to keep them dry or, if there is a spill from your moisturizer, to keep your other belongings safe.

Let's start first with the items you absolutely cannot bring on a plane with you; which documents are required for domestic and international flights; and what is the 311 flight rule:

30 Flight essentials you should bring on a plane, what never take on a plane

What I cannot bring on a plane?

There are some written and unwritten rules about what you cannot bring on a plane with you, things that can really ruin your travel:

  • Weapons

  • Sports Equipments (some of them can be identified as a weapon)

  • Batteries (better to remove all your batteries from your electric gadgets)

  • Cheese and Meat (they are allowed only on domestic flights, so keep that in mind)

  • Liquids over 3.4 ounces/100 ml

  • Smelly food (this is the unwritten rule. Keep in mind you can not open a window to refresh the air. Probably the other travellers won't be happy to smell your too much garlic and onion lunch bag)

30 Flight essentials you should bring on a plane, documents to never forget when travelling

What things are required for domestic and international flights?

Well, there are obviously some items you cannot leave at home when travelling. And these are:

  • Valid ID or Passport (make sure your passport is still valid for another 6 months minimum)

  • Valid Driving Licence (even if you are not planning to rent a car, it is always better to have it with you. It is an extra ID, just in case)

  • Travel Insurance (never travel without one)

  • Vaccination Certificate

  • All your Travel Tickets (flights, ferries, car rentals etc.)

  • Accommodation reservation

30 Flight essentials you should bring on a plane, the 3-1-1 travel rule

What is the 311 rule when on a plane?

This is a very important rule to follow if you don't want to end up seeing all your cosmetics going into the bin.

The 311 rule refers to how many liquids you are allowed to bring in a carry-on bag on a plane:

  • 3: 3.4 ounces (100 ml) or smaller containers of gel or liquid (you can bring a bigger container only inside a checked bag)

  • 1: 1 stand for the quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag where to keep all your 3.4 ounces/100 ml or smaller liquids containers

  • 1: 1 stand for only 1 bag of liquids is allowed for travellers.

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30 Flight essentials you should bring on a plane, travel with a carry on bag

1. Travel with a carry-on bag:

Always carry with you a carry-on bag, even if you travel with a check-in suitcase. Make sure to board the plane with all the necessary you might need while travelling and some clothes essentials in case your check-in luggage goes lost. In this way, you will at least have some different clothes to wear until they find your luggage.

I always take a carry-on trolley or backpack with me on a plane so that I can have everything I might need during a flight. If travelling to a summer destination for only one week, a carry-on trolley is enough to have everything you need with you.

Carry on essentials to sleep on a flight

compressed socks for travel, travel items to carry on a plane

2. compression socks for aeroplane travel:

It can sometimes be freezing on a plane, mostly if your seat is near the window (keep this in mind if you prefer a warmer seat). If you are travelling from a hot place to another hot destination, always carry a pair of warm compression socks in case your feet get cold.

These compression socks are very good in case you have a pre-existing medical condition or in case you have a long-haul flight. Compresses socks are perfect for blood circulation, prevent leg swelling, and help against deep vein thrombosis. Fortunately, some don't look at all like medical socks so that you will feel comfortable and good looking at the same time.

I recently bought these compressed warm socks, and my feet were warm and comfy during my last travel.

3. Travel pillow:

I didn't use to carry a travel pillow with me initially because I always wanted to save room in my luggage. I was using my jacket instead (perfectly rolled to look like a pillow, kind of), but then a friend of mine gave me a travel pillow as a gift, and from then, I never travelled without.

Oh my! They are so comfortable. It makes me fall asleep so quickly that I wonder why I didn't get one earlier. If you are not sure which travel pillow you should buy, have a look at the travel pillow I use. I never travel without it.

4. Ear-plugs:

There are many kinds of earplugs you can buy, honestly. But I think the best ones are EarPlanes earplugs which help you avoid the discomfort you feel in your ears while on a plane, and they also reduce the noise so that you can sleep much better.

I tried many earplugs. If you don't like the feeling of them in your ears like me, I am sure you will be very happy with EarPlanes earplugs.

Carry on essentials to sleep on a flight, travel eye mask

5. Eye mask:

How many times do you end up trying to cover your eyes with your scarf or your hoodie? Well, those can be useful, but nothing can beat a good eye mask. It will keep out all the light, so you will feel like being in a dark room and fall asleep in no time.

Not sure which eye mask you should buy? Have a look at some eye masks here.

Carry on essentials to sleep on a flight, glasses

6. Glasses:

For those who have to wear glasses to avoid being like a blind mole (like me, for example), never forget your glasses at home. Mostly while travelling, they are the best option for your eyes to feel rested. Plan air can be very dry, so wearing glasses can be a great way to take care of your eyes.

Carry on essentials to sleep on a flight, sunglasses

7. Sunglasses:

I know you are not at your super sunny destination yet, but sometimes the sun can be pretty annoying on a plane, especially when it hits your eye straight from the window and your travel mate doesn't want to close the window. Sunglasses can save your eyes.

Health & Beauty to take care of yourself

Carry on essentials to sleep on a flight, contact lenses with case and solution

8. Contact lenses with case and saline solution:

I always prefer to wear my contact lenses, but the air on a plane is always so dry that I can do it just for a couple of hours. For longer travels, I have to remove them and wear glasses, or I end up with a very painful feeling of having sand inside them.

So always carry the contact case with a new saline solution with you. Take care of your eyes!

Check a good travel case and saline solution here. They are perfect for travelling.

eye spray to refresh your eyes while travelling on a plane

9. Refreshing eye spray:

Oh, these are awesome! They make your eyes feel so much better. They will feel like an eye spa treatment. Try this excellent Refreshing Eye Spray here. You can thank me later.

medicine to take when travelling

10. Medicine and your prescriptions:

If you take any prescriptions, never forget to take them with you in your carry-on bag. For other medicine, I honestly prefer to carry with me some travel medication that I have already tried, and I know they don't give me collateral effects. Like aspirin, paracetamol, motion sickness pills and Imodium.

wipes to carry when travelling on a plane

11. antibacterial tissues:

Before Covid 19, I always had antibacterial tissue with me to clean my hands and my table seat. I know many people advise buying the antibacterial gel, but I really hate it.

It leaves my hands so sticky, and it doesn't really clean. It just kills bacteria, which means that if your hands are dirty, they will keep being dirty. So if you cannot wash your hands with water and soap (that is ALWAYS the best solution), make sure to have antibacterial wipes with you. They actually remove the dirt.

Not perfumed deodorant, solid crystal salt deodorant

12. Not perfumed deodorant:

After a long flight, you might want to refresh yourself and your underarms with wet tissues (I always use biodegradable tissues). After that, a good deodorant will finish the job, but please avoid the scented one. Trust me that your travel mates will thank you for that.

I always use the best natural deodorant, crystal deodorant stone (salt). It is solid (100%), so you can take it with you on a plane anytime you travel and even use it at home.

Check out the most natural and safe deodorant here.

13. Super moisturizing cream:

While travelling, I always carry with me all my favourite creams in little containers to save as much room as I can. I would never travel without my favourite creams.

The air inside a plane is so dry that your face skin will thank you for that. For this reason, I never wear makeup while travelling. It is also not suitable for your skin because there are high chances you will sleep with an eye mask on.

I am sure you don't want to wake up looking like a clown or a lovely panda bear. For a very good moisturizing cream to use for all your body while travelling, check out the Aveeno Moisturizing cream here.

toothpaste tablets travelling

14. Toothbrush and toothpaste tablets:

You will eat, drink and sleep on a long-haul flight. So before landing, you will feel the need to brush your teeth and refresh your breath. Don't do it only for yourself but also for your travel mates. I always try to reduce the liquids I carry with me while travelling, so I never forget to take with me Toothpaste Tablets.


15. Hairbrush:

Even a small hairbrush will do the work. I always carry a travel hairbrush or a hair comb. In this way, I can carry it with me even while exploring because it is so tiny that I can fit it inside my purse.

You will sleep on a plane, so who knows how your hair will look when you wake up (mine is usually very messy).

16. Pantyliners and wipes:

If you are about to have a long flight, it is always good to have a couple of pantyliners with you with some Goodwipes Flushable & Plant-Based Wipes with Botanicals. In this way, you will be able to refresh yourself and feel clean.