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.