Travelling long haul usually means an exciting adventure is on the horizon.
And nailing the flight is the most important step in making the most of your stay in any far-off time zone.
Blogger Toni Jones travels for work and pleasure and reveals to MailOnline Travel the ten must-haves passengers should pack in their carry-on if they want to arrive at any destination in style.
1. Sleep masks
Fresh-faced: Travel and lifestyle blogger Toni Jones reveals her top tips to flying long haul – she says the Iluminage eye mask and noise-cancelling headphones make for some happy flying
Crucial if you intend to get some shuteye (and you generally should) but all sleep masks are not created equal.
Choose one big enough to wrap around the head and heavy enough to properly shut out the light.
This copper-infused one from Iluminage also helps reduce signs of ageing as you sleep, which is a beauty bonus.
2. A rucksack
Toni says a rucksack is the most practical and comfortable bag style to travel with – she says she loves the sunny yellow colour of this Fjallraven one
The most practical and comfortable bag style to travel with.
I love the sunny yellow colour of this Fjallraven one (plus its recycled so maybe that offsets some of my long haul carbon footprint… maybe).
Flying is not kind to eyes, but Benefit‘s Puff Off gel helps smooth signs of lines and puffiness and eye drops will stop them from drying out.
Clean and moisturise your face as soon as possible after take off and make sure you use a souped-up serum (I’m using an Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv travel size at the moment) for extra hydration.
5. Dark sunglasses
Things Toni always packs for a long haul flight include sunglasses, a laptop, snacks, notepad, lipstick, eye cream, Melatonin and earplugs
Essential to hide tired eyes on arrival even when you’re not a celebrity.
My current style of choice are the foldable Ray-Ban Wayfarers, which are chic and don’t take up much space in your handbag.
Lip balm will stop your lips drying out on the flight – this one from ultrasun doubles up as an SPF protection when you arrive in the sun – and red lipstick is another crucial arrival product, helping me look (and feel) awake and as fabulous as it’s possible to feel after too many hours in a flying tin can (Ciate’s Patent Pout in ‘High Five’ is giving me life right now).
7. Noise-cancelling headphones
Fancy class usually have these as standard, but it’s always good to have your own as the right headphones can transform any flight experience.
Instead of back-to-back movies I also try and squeeze in a motivating podcast or a soothing meditation on wireless Bose headphones.
Beauty bag bits include (clockwise): cleansing face wipes. lipstick, eye cream, melatonin, serum, eye drops and lip balm
Melatonin is a hormone that regulates your sleeping and so can help fool your body into thinking it’s nap time when it really doesn’t want to sleep.
It’s only available in supplement form on prescription in the UK but is widely available in the States.
Set your watch to your new timezone as soon as you board and take one of these if you’re supposed to be snoozing.
9. Snack packs
Flights and nutritious food don’t generally go together so if you’re serious about your diet then it’s worth stocking up on some healthy snacks to stop you from reaching for rubbish halfway across the Atlantic.
Boots and WHSmith in the airport both stock healthy options now so you don’t even need to be that organised.
10. Laptop and notebook
Being disconnected in the sky is a great time to focus on something without distraction, whether that’s finishing a presentation you need to deliver on arrival or setting your intentions for the year as I did on my way home from Bangkok this January.
I love my mini MacBook but also always carry an old school notebook and pen for on-the-go scribbles.