15 Hour Airplane Essentials

I used to think I could not sleep on a plane.

Probably half the reason: I really enjoyed flying = excited.

The other half : the sleeping in public bit. I didn’t like it.

That changed pretty quickly when I moved overseas.

My job was based in Dubai. So anytime I would go home on vacation (which was whenever I could) I had to make this quick little 15 hour flight. Twice (don’t forget the return trip).

DXB – SFO : 8,099 miles

That’s halfway around the world!

I got pretty good at sleeping on planes. And knowing what I would need for these airplane rides (my go-to carry on essentials). I thought I would share it with the internet world in case it might help someone.

1. The Clear Bag


This see-through bag is my favorite accidental discovery! I had been given a toiletry bag (with the little shampoo and conditioner travel bottles) which is how I came to have this magical bag.  Nothing is more annoying than having a tangled mess of ear bud cords wrapped around everything else. Bonus: you can see what is inside!

Items inside:

Ear buds to listen to music, Adapter if you need it, Chapstick it’s the worst when your lips are chapped and you can’t do anything about it at 30,000 ft. Eye DropsEye Mask : life changer when you are trying to sleep. I could sleep anywhere, anytime with this bad boy. Cough Drops, extra Bobby Pins/ Hair Ties : because not having one sucks, Perfume to hide that airplane smell, Breath Mints/ Gum to hide that airplane food, Passport if you need it, Lotion for my face/ hands, Ibuprofen or some type of pain reliever .


And then you have all your other standard items; Sweater, Book, Makeup, Hairbrush, Sunglasses, Phone Charger, Food Bars, Tissues, Water, Socks, Pens.

Tips I want to highlight:

Nothing is worse than being cold, hungry, or thirsty.

H20 : I would always buy a water bottle. Or two! Especially longer flights, usually the water they provide with the service is just not enough.

Food Bars: I made sure I brought food bars/snacks with me. I remember one time I had to fly the 15 hours to LAX and then catch an hour flight up to northern California. I had slept through the last food service before landing into LAX and didn’t have time to eat in between the hustle of changing planes. The food bar was a life saver. Also, sometimes airplane food isn’t enough or doesn’t taste very good and its nice to have another option.

Sweater/Jacket: Airplanes are cold.

I hope this list was helpful or at least reminded you of something you might have been forgetting.

Happy travelling !


En route!

I have been a very bad blogger.

I am en route to Ireland!

Currently: sitting in Chicago, waiting for their famous thick crust pizza.

(My sister and I have a six hour layer over, so we are making the most of it!)

Next: a 7-hour flight straight to Dublin, where we will be landing at 8am to start our first official day in Ireland!

So excited.

I doubt I’ll sleep on the plane.

I hope I’m not too crabby once we land. 😉




Garret’s popcorn. A Chicago favorite.


Crazy Weekend.

I can’t remember if I have ever mentioned on this blog how I want to be a Flight Attendant.

Over the past year or so, I have gone to a couple interviews.

First one, flew out to Georgia, learned ALOT, wasn’t picked. ((ExpressJet)

Second one, flew out to Texas, was five minutes late due to …a lot of things, and they wouldn’t let me interview. ((Continental))

And this weekend I went to my third interview.  ((Emirates))

Only this time it was in San Francisco.

Pretty much the only reason I went to Emirates’ Open House was because of its location (only an hour and a half away), I had the day off , and I thought it would be a great experience ( So that, down the road, when I finally went to an interview I cared about, I would be more prepared.).

Thank goodness for helpful sisters, who go on spur-of-the-moment shopping trips, to be able to be properly dressed for the interview! (And, on top of that, win Tim McGraw/Kenny Chesney concert tickets for me!)

Well. The next couple of posts will tell you how the Open House went..