My first flying experience happened back in 2014. I was 22 years old. I haven’t even visited airport before then. And I was terrified. I had no idea where to go, what to do, what will I need. Since then I have been flying frequently about 2-3 times a year. I by no means call myself an expert, but I can tell I am rather confident now. I have attended flights with over 32kg heavy luggage and on some occasions with just my handbag. Also experienced cancelled flights and catching international ones on last calling. And after those experiences I think I have figured out some essentials I need to always have with me on every airport in my on board luggage.
Antibacterial gel. Always. I cannot imagine a place where you would find more germs then airport. I always try to wash my hands where possible and use the gel afterwards. You touch everything with your hands, your food and drinks, your hair, your face. I might sound a bit over the top here, but that’s how my mum taught me. And mums know best, they say. Right?
Lip balm. Air conditioning, weather changes, dehydration and for me even being tired or nervous, that all affects your lips. And no one wants to kiss dry, flaky lips. Not mentioning that burn while drinking fresh orange juice, right? You can check my favourite natural lip balms here.
Diary or address book with your emergency contacts. Because, you never know.
Tissues. Again, all that weather changes and windy runway can make my eyes really watery.
Chewing gum. That really helps with the ear pressure, especially during departing and landing. And makes me a bit less nervous.
Something to read. I like listening to the music while reading a book on the go. Makes time goes a bit quciker, doesn´t it?!
Blanket wrap or oversized scarf. While travelling in cold months I have been loving my pure wool blanket wrap. Easily styled like kimono, using a belt. Then unwrapped on the plane, covered myself cosy.Phone charger and a power plug adapter. There is nothing worse then run out of battery during your travels. Always check electricity plugs in a country you are travelling to. I remember when I moved to UK I had no idea, they have different plugs. And I was out of power on my laptop and my phone for a couple of days.