What to pack on a flight


Bank holidays, half term, and summer holiday trips are all on the horizon. If you’re lucky enough to be travelling abroad, here are some quick ideas for what to pack in your hand luggage to make the journey as stress-free as possible.

World Map backpack
Make sure you’re travelling in style with a spacious and comfy backpack. World Map backpack, £19.95

USB charger

There’s usually lots of waiting around in airports, especially if there are delays, so you’ll likely be relying on your phone or tablet to keep you entertained. Make sure you don’t run out of juice, and pack a handy USB charger with you. 

Departure Lounge USB charger
Departure Lounge USB charger, was £9.95, now £4.95

Water bottle

You can save pennies (and avoid single-use plastic) by filling a reusable water bottle once you’re through the gate, either from a coffee shop or a free water fountain. Many airports offer this service, although it’s always best to check the details for the airport you’re travelling from. A folding water bottle is less cumbersome than a solid plastic or steel bottle, ideal for helping cram your bag into the overhead bins.

Vintage Apple folding bottle

Vintage Apple folding water bottle, £2.95

Mini travel case

There’s always the risk that any bag you’ve checked in could get lost. Therefore it’s always best to keep any valuables in your carry-on luggage if you can. Protect small, precious items like jewellery in a hard-shell travel case. 

Mini travel cases
Mini travel cases, £2.95 each


If you need to take any medications during your flight (or even the first few hours after landing, when your hold luggage might not be easily accessible) then keep them safe in a handy pill box. 

“Such a great size, it would even easily fit in your pocket, I've never had one of these before but I've seen others that are rather large, this one is great for just holding a couple days worth of medications as long as your pills aren't giant. The design is very nice as well!” - tmj.tbo, website review

Folk Doves pill box with mirror

Folk Doves pill box with mirror, £3.95

Make-up bag 

If you’re on a long-haul flight, you’ll be grateful for packing a few beauty essentials, such as a travel toothpaste & brush, compact hairbrush and face wipes.

Top tip: the air in plane cabins is very drying for your skin. Put some soothing face mist in an atomiser, and spray regularly to help keep your skin hydrated on a long flight.

Make up bag and accessories
Products shown:
Top: Tulip Bloom make up bag, £7.95
Bottom left: Folk Doves compact hairbrush, £2.95
Bottom right: Tropical Palm atomiser, £4.95

Travelling with kids 

Kids will need lots of the same things as you, such as a water bottle (and their own stylish mini backpack, of course). However, depending on their age, they might be less satisfied to pass the time by people watching in the airport lounge. Be sure to pack games to keep them entertained, such as this travel ludo game, or travel snakes and ladders.

Bruno the Bear mini backpack
Bruno the Bear mini backpack, £12.95

Other useful items

  • Make sure you’ve got all your important documents! These might include passport, travel insurance documents and boarding passes. You may not have immediate access to the internet when you land, so you may want to print out details of car hire companies, or directions to your accommodation.
  • A pen. If you need to fill out any custom or immigrations forms, having your own pen will be really handy. 
  • Destination guide book. It’s always fun reading up on where you’re heading to, so pack a handy travel guide if you can. 

Lastly, be aware of any security restrictions on certain items, such as sharp or flammable items. These will not usually be allowed on board. Any liquids you pack may only be carried in containers holding 100ml or less and they must be stored in a single, transparent bag. 

We hope this checklist will prove handy for your next flight, and that you have a wonderful trip.