My hand luggage essentials

As we move into May, the realisation comes that it is getting very close to holiday time, and I start to think, once again, of what it is I’m going to be packing, both in the suitcase, and in my hand luggage. We are traveling with Jet 2, which means a decent amount of hand luggage (10 kilos), but the fact is that you are going to be carrying this bag around the airport so you don’t want to overload and do yourself a shoulder injury before you actually get there. Affordable family holiday site Icelolly.com have recently put together a blog with their hand luggage must haves, and although I agree with most of the list, I think they have missed some key things out.

Here are a few extra things I also keep in my bag.

1. A warm pashmina or scarf.

It has to be said, I always find it cold on aeroplanes, especially when I am flying back from a hot country. A warm scarf of pashmina almost doubles are a blanket, and is perfect for throwing over my shoulders when I start to feel a chill.

You can also use your scarf once you get to the resort as an evening cover-up.

You can also use your scarf once you get to the resort as an evening cover-up.

2. Toner or hydrating spray

The cabin pressure makes me skin really dry, and it often looks awful when I land, so I try to keep it hydrated. Toner is a great way to hydrate, and, as long as you keep the bottle below 100ml, you should be able to carry it on. Or you could use a hydrating spray/mist which is also very refreshing.

Love this hydration mist from L'Occitaine - an absolute fave and perfect when traveling. Click here to view.

Love this hydration mist from L’Occitaine – an absolute fave and perfect when traveling. Click here to view.

3. A good book.

I never start a new book on a flight, it is much better to lose yourself in one you are already enjoying. Crossword books and Sudoku also help to pass the time away a little quicker.

4. Something for Joe.

This is not strictly for me, but Joe is like any six year old and can get a little bored on flights. He has a playtray kit which you can read about here, this is just a perfect way to take a few toys, colouring books, reading books etc to make the journey pass without stress and hassle. I also find letting him choose a new magazine at the airport also helps.

Keeping Joe amused is always a good thing.

Keeping Joe amused is always a good thing.

Those are just a few of my airport essentials – what do you always travel with?

 

8 thoughts on “My hand luggage essentials

  1. I agree with you about the pashmina they have so many uses. A wrap, a pillow and I know it sounds a bit extra but I sometimes drape it over my head and use it as a blackout curtain lol

    • They are brilliant – I always make sure I carry one – make a great blanket for Joe too.

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