Whats in my Carry-On for a Long-Haul Flight

Hi Friends,

In the midst of my feverish preparations for my travels, I thought I would give anyone who is curious, a glimpse into my Carry-On Bags (yes, plural!). These are the things I packed for my long-haul flight from Melbourne, Australia, with my final destination being Arlanda, Sweden.

My backpack which used to be my brothers and a small handbag that I purchased years ago but only started using recently.

Pay Attention to The Luggage & Carry-On Restrictions of the Airline you are Travelling with

The airline I flew with (Qatar) allows you to carry 2 items on board – 1 being your main hand luggage which must weigh less than 7kg (fitting within specified dimensions) and another being an additional personal item such as a ladies handbag or a briefcase. This is very fortunate as all together my items in my backpack would’ve weighed slightly over 7kg (just under 8kg).

The contents of my backpack and handbag (minus my laptop cord which will be going into my backpack too and my phone which will go into my handbag).

What I bought with me starting from the top row (left to right):

  • Top Row: A book ‘Finding Gobi’ (gifted to me by a former work-mate, Simone), My Laptop – an Acer Aspire S13 in its Swisstech Case, On top of my laptop is a ‘Departure Wallet’ from Kathmandu (storing: my boarding pass, my bank cards, Australian Passport, my ‘vaccination passport’, Passport photos, insurance details etc.), my Crumpler Camera Bag (storing: Olympus OMD E-M5 MII body, 2 lenses and their hoods and 2 filters for my favourite lens – the rest of my gear is going in my checked luggage).
  • Middle Row: Target Sunglasses, Fast-charging cable for my smartphone, headphones and my ‘go-to’ hairbrush, the Tangle Teezer.
  • Bottom Row: Some snacks mainly for my stopover (2 Quest Bars & a Cliff Bar), some cleansing facial wipes (not the best for your skin but practical for flying), my plane toiletry bag (in detail below) and the white bag contains all my prescription medication and some jewellery.

Not pictured but included: a small bag of jelly beans (hehe) and my new Kindle Paperwhite.

A close up of my toiletry bag sitting on top of a clear bag it will be housed in.

The contents of my plane toiletry bag include

A toothbrush with a cover, toothpaste, mouthwash, hand sanitizer, Trilogy Mist Toner (I swear by travelling with some kind of mist spray as it is very refreshing to use during long-haul travelling), Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask (also swear by having an intensive moisturiser such as this for flying, especially if you have dry skin like me) and my ride or die deodorant by Rexona.

It is also a bit more practical for me to spread my items out into 2 bags…

As I am carrying most of my valuables and other essential items and most of those items I wouldn’t need to touch during the duration of the flights. So in my handbag, I had: my ziplock bag with toiletries, Kathmandu Departure Wallet, Kindle (and charger), Phone charge cord, headphones, Jelly Beans and a Quest Bar. The rest of the items were stored in my backpack.

Note: After my flight, I can say this bag setup was fabulous for flying. My tiny handbag holding all my in-flight essentials fits neatly under the chair in front of me and I still have heaps of legroom.

Some of the things that are new to me and my travels include my laptop, the Kathmandu departure wallet, my Crumpler bag and my Kindle. So, it will be interesting to see how I get on with these items. Update: I wrote a blog post about some of my new items – the link to it is here.

I hope you found this somewhat interesting. I think it is always cool to get little ideas from other travellers about these types of things. I am quite the novice when it comes to packing but I am slowly learning.

If you have any carry-on tips you think might help me or anyone else please comment and share!

Mikki 🙂


2 thoughts on “Whats in my Carry-On for a Long-Haul Flight

  1. I love “what’s in my bag” videos and this is just as good. You have a great collection of essentials here. I was never able to do the face mask on a plane thing but it’s a great idea. I love carrying a misting spray too, I also have very dry skin. I always try to make sure I have two pens in case one fails. Lip balm is also an essential for me.

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    1. Haha I love them too, it is always interesting to see what other people pack. Yeah, a face mask seems great in theory but I think in practice it can be a bit tricky sometimes (I think one of those tissue moisturiser ones would be good though). And yes, pens and lip balm are very essential too, great suggestions :)!


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