Long Haul Travel Essentials for Comfort & Style

My flight to Japan is now only a few days away. Words can’t express how excited I am. I think about Japan 90% of the time, and my daily commute is spent learning essential phrases in Japanese, like “Shashin o tottemo ii desu ka” (“Can I take a picture?” – I plan on hunting for cool people in Harajuku!).

The flight is a little over 11 hours, which isn’t too bad really (our trip back from Burma lasted over 35 hours). As long as you’re prepared and relaxed that should be over before you get too uncomfortable. The problem is that I usually forget to dress appropriately. This time, I’m going to:

  • Wear comfortable trousers. I’ve made the mistake of wearing skinny jeans on a long flight and it made me feel circulation in my legs was restricted. Not good for 10+ hours!
  • Bring a bottle of water. Flying can get you (and your skin) really dehydrated, so it’s important to drink plenty of water. On an overnight flight it’s not always easy to get as much water as you need, so it’s best to bring your own.
  • Wear warm layers. No matter what your destination is, planes always get cold. Cashmere jumpers and big scarves that double as pillows are the best!
  • Bring sleeping gear: earplugs and eye masks – because you never know when you’re going to be sitting next to someone who needs the light on all night, a row behind the family with a crying baby.
  • Eat healthy. I am always tempted into buying unhealthy snacks before I fly: crips, chocolate, or sweets. There’s something about flying that makes me want to indulge, but I think snacking on apples and carrots would make me feel much fresher when I land.
  • Use a backpack. I don’t do this enough – and I often end up overwhelmed with having to carry a handbag, a jacket, some airport buys and my passport and ticket!
I’ve gathered a little inspiration for future trips and fellow travelers below! One fun colourful outfit and one chic, laid-back luxe outfit.
Cute travel essentials
Cute Travel Essentials


Uniqlo (Japanese!) is great for affordable cashmere, and Smythson make the ultimate travel accessories: currency wallets (four compartments for your money!), travel wallets, passport covers and elegant luggage tags. I’m in love with Nike’s Thea trainers but still trying to justify buying another pair of shoes – they would be perfect for running around the airport!
Chic Long Haul Travel Accessories
Chic long haul travel


Charlotte Olympia‘s kitty flats have been on my wish lists for years. They make a boring outfit chic and interesting, and they look like they would be comfortable enough to travel in. Easy to slip out of when you get to your seat. I also think this Longchamp backpack is just gorgeous, and Kate Spade’s travel accessories are the cutest (“anything to declare?”, says the wallet).

Hopefully I’ll have the time to post some updates and let you know how the flight went. Keep an eye on my Instagram feed for some daily shots of Japan!

What are your tips for surviving long flights?

Do you follow a skincare routine? or do you just sit back and enjoy the on-flight entertainment?

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Long Haul Travel Essentials for Comfort & Style