I Have a 14-Hour Flight Coming Up, and I Refuse to Board Without These Items


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As someone who's found themselves forgetting that one item they need while traveling too many times, I'm going on my next trip extremely prepared, not only for the trip itself but for the flight. My next flight will be 14 hours straight, so I've been using my own traveling experience and researching through expert advice to put together a list of items I should prioritize on my packing list. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or not, there are always a number of carry-on essentials for long flights (as well as short ones) you should always have within reach during your time in the air.

Even if you plan to spend most of your flight sleeping (kudos to you if you can!), we can all agree that just having some of your things close by, as opposed to well beneath you in the cargo section with your checked bags, simply makes your trip 10 times easier. From a portable charger—which, without a doubt, you will want—to a lightweight sweater and scarf to keep you extra comfortable throughout the flight, see all of our carry-on necessities below.

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Associate Fashion Editor
Yusra Siddiqui is an editor who resides in New Jersey but bounces between the suburbs and NYC. (She's a Jersey girl at heart.) After interning at Who What Wear in 2019, she found her way to the team after graduating from LIM College in 2022 with a fashion media degree. She's also spent time writing and working for publications such as Fashionista, Coveteur, and Nylon, but she always knew that Who What Wear was where she was meant to be. When she's on the job, she's perusing runway shows, analyzing the latest thing fellow Gen Zers are up to on the internet, and sharing what she can about the modest-fashion market. You can also catch her dabbling in entertainment, talking about the costume choices of the latest Netflix series or diving deeper into how the plotline affects the viewers in a myriad of ways. Lastly, she likes to create content for Who What Wear's TikTok. Her personal time is spent doing similar but also different things—deep diving into almost every new TV show (Bridgerton, Gilmore Girls, and Stranger Things are favorites), planning her next local getaway (whenever that may be), and reading the latest Emily Henry or Sally Rooney novel in one sitting.