My Short Haul Flight Travel Essentials


short haul flight travel essentials
Whenever I fly I have a habit of over packing my hand luggage, but this time I wanted to be realistic with what I actually need / would want to do on the plane. Let’s pray there’s no last minute “oh I’ll just add these 10 things just in case”!

Short haul flights to me are usually anywhere between 1 to 5, maybe 6, hours so I don’t need to bring too much to keep me entertained, or bring a hoard of skincare. So let’s get into it.

What’s In my Hand Luggage?

Top Essentials
To state the obvious: your passport, purse, boarding card / info.


I’m one of those high maintenance people that does not go anywhere without my laptop. Whether I’m planning on working whilst away, or maybe just doing some on the flight, or even to watch a movie. My laptop is always my travel companion.


Whether you want to watch a movie, listen to music / an audio book, or maybe you just want to drown out the noise of a crying baby or an annoying neighbour – I had someone sat behind me once and all the person could do was complain about everything. Literally everything. Then they began to move around and kicked my seat multiple times. Needless to say I was less than pleased, but listening to music helped me keep my cool.


A Book
I usually bring a book with me, whether or not I actually read it is another matter entirely, but I’m always glad I have the option. Besides there nothing worse than being on a plane and you end up being bored with nothing to occupy you.

Bringing a paperback book is usually the best option as hardbacks can be heavy and bulky.

Notebook & Pen
Just like my laptop I am never without my notebook and a pen (or pencil case in this case). You never know when an idea might hit you, or you remember you’ve forgotten to bring something so you need to write a list of what you need to pick up when you reach your destination.

One of my favourite notebooks is from Chroma Stationary, the quality is amazing, it’s a great size, and you can have it personalised!


You can bring snacks with you or buy something at the airport. I’ve got into the habit of buying a variety at the airport as most of the short haul flights do not come with a meal on the plane and when they do the food is usually horrible, or I can’t eat it due to dietary requirements (unless you have the option to request a meal, but sometimes that’s just as bad).

So snacks snacks snacks! We don’t want to be hangry now do we?

short haul flight travel essentials

Anti-Bacterial Gel

I’m sure we’ve all had a moment where we’ve gone on holiday and a day or two after arriving we are hit by a cold – even though it sometimes feels like the plague. This is because planes are full of bacteria. It’s never something you want to hear, but it’s true. Anti-bacterial gel helps to combat those germs and is great to have for emergencies – maybe the toilets have run out of hand soap.


If your not a camera person then skip to the next essential, but I think for most of you a camera is usually in your bag, even if you prefer to use your phone for taking pictures. I always carry my camera in my hand baggage because you never know when a camera moment will appear. Plus I would hate to put my camera in my main luggage and something to happen to it. That’s honestly one of my biggest fears!


Portable Charger
Whether it’s your phone that dies or your friend’s, it’s always handy to have this gadget. I purchased this one by EasyAcc and it’s great. Not too bulky and can charge two devices at once, which is will come in handy if both yourself and your travel companion love Snapchat and Pokemon Go…


For when you get off the plane and are blinded by the sunshine. Or you need to hid those dark circles that come from having an early morning flight and you’ve left your concealer in your main luggage. We’ve all been there.


I don’t usually bring too much skincare on a short haul flight, but my four essentials are always lip balm, hand cream, eye drops and a travel size SPF. If you suffer from dry skin I would recommend bringing a moisturiser as plane air is very drying. I however have oily/combination skin so moisturiser is not a priority for me (unless I’m on a long haul flight), but my lips, hands and eyes get very dry no matter how long the journey is.

A travel size SPF is also a top essential. Even though your on a plane UV rays can still come through the windows – not such an issue if your on a overnight flight, but it’s always best to be safe than sorry. Another benefit to having one in your hand baggage is so you can apply some before you land at your destination.


Travel Essentials To Buy:

Seen as you can’t bring liquids over 100ml you’ll probably want to purchase a bottle of water or two when you’ve passed through security. Staying hydrated on a plane will make you feel better and your skin will love you for it.

MORE SNACKS! Going on holiday can be hard work, the more snacks the better.


Have you got any other travel essentials you would recommend? If so leave me a comment!




  1. August 30, 2016 / 3:43 pm

    I take my laptop everywhere! Even on a day trip. Sometimes I don't use it at all on vacation but it's so comforting to have it with me. That's how dependant I am on technology It isn't healthy at all!
    I always forget to pack my book and regret it later!
    Aria | All Souled Out

    • August 31, 2016 / 5:50 pm

      I'm with you on that! I have to have it with me wherever I go because it's (this is going to sound so sad) my life line hahaha x

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