What to Carry On the Plane?

Author: Sue Rogers
Date: 24th March 2019

My on the Plane Travel Essentials

I always use a lightweight trolley bag with a laptop pocket to save my back. A backpack can be heavy to keep lifting and off at all those security checks and duty free shops. (A small collapsible day bag goes in my big case.) Get one with four wheels - it’s much easier to manoeuvre and you push, not pull). It obviously needs to hold what I need for my journey. But more importantly, this is the place for anything valuable or essential. My case has been lost for several days all too many times. Here is my list:

  • Travel documents - in the front packet of my trolley for easy access in an A4 clear plastic wallet: spare photos for visas if necessary, insurance policy details, itinerary, copies of visas and e-visas, several copies of passport. Spare wallet for receipts and other documents.
  • Camera – My trusty Nikon SLR with NIKKOR 18-300 lens. This works best for travelling as changing lenses is a nightmare in dusty conditions or to take a photo quickly. In a decent carry case for protection. Mine is Osprey, light, looks good, cheap and easy to carry
  • Underwater camera if necessary - Olympus Tough T6 - it has the best reviews - in a hard case.
  • A universal electric plug adapter. Much easier than taking different ones for different countries. And this has 4 USB ports too, so you only need take the diffeent leads.
  • Chargers - Phone (spare) camera battery, kindle, store in an Osprey waterproof pouch or drawstring bag
  • Spare camera batteries for both cameras - At least 4, even though they last a long time. Just to make sure-sometimes there is no electricity for charging - in small zip up pouch
  • Camera cards
  • Camera cleaning gear – Lens cleaner, brush, cloths.
  • Lightweight camera tripod/Gorillapod
  • External Flash if necessary
  • Laptop - Acer lightweight laptop in protective case (Pofoko) in front pocket of bag
  • Drawstring cloth use on the plane bag -  items I need while I'm flying so I can take them to my seat: Rescue Remedy, (for turbulence), melatonin to help me sleep, (not available in the UK - buy almost anywhere else), inflatable travel pillow, eye mask, ear plugs, toothbrush and tiny travel toothpaste. (Collected from previous flights – sometimes but not always -provided on long haul.)
  • Bose noise cancelling headphones - brilliant for cutting out aircraft noise.
  • Small screwdriver - mainly for sunglasses!
  • Essential medication and malaria pills
  • Spare underwear
  • Pocket tissues
  • Wet wipes
  • Hand gel
  • Make up bag (liquids in liquid bag)
  • Small liquids in a bag (moisturiser, make up, contact lens solutions)
  • Spare liquids bags - 20 cm x 20 cm zip lock bags for liquids for security checks

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