The ultimate in flight travel checklist includes everything that you must pack in your carry-on while boarding a flight. 

Do you have a travel check list that you take out while you are packing for a trip? I in fact have an excel sheet that I refer to and color block as I am packing! Okay, don’t laugh, better to be well prepared than forget important things. When you become a mom that check list becomes endless! You never know what your child will need and they tend to ask for the wrong things at wrong times! Anyways, this post is not about travelling with kids, this one is for all the solo travellers, work travellers, backpackers, or even millennials. This ultimate in-flight travel checklist will ensure you have a smooth air travel and you are not bored to death on those never-ending kind of flights!

The Ultimate In flight travel checklist

the ultimate in flight travel checklist

#1 Smart Device

If you are travelling in domestic airlines (specially within India) you have zero inflight entertainment other than boring in-flight magazines and maybe newspapers. So be smart and carry your own smart device – smart phone, tablet, iPad, iPod, Kindle or anything that will keep you entertained. Load up movies on your smart device that you can watch while you are up in the air.

girl reading kindle

#2 Headphones

Please be a good neighbour to the person sitting next to you and carry your headphone. You don’t want to wake up another person while playing PUBG or watching a movie! Wireless headphones or ear buds work best because you don’t have to deal with those annoying wires that get some personal kick by getting tangled in the messiest way!


You might want to Read: 8 Must Have Travel Gadgets for Travellers


#3 Portable Charger

What would I do if the power banks were not invented! All smart phone or tablet users know it by now how dependant we are on the power banks! No one wants their device to run low on battery while you are watching something interesting in an otherwise boring flight, let alone die down completely. This should be pretty high up on your in flight travel check list.

#4 Book

If you are the kind that prefers the smell of ink and papers then Kindle is not for you. Flights are actually perfect places to start and finish a book. I remember reading up the entire book The Da Vinci Code on a flight (I wasn’t a mom then).

#5 Body Lotion and Chap stick

Once you are up in the sky the skin tends to get dry and flaky. The cabin air is in fact dry and not humid and that affects the skin. Carry a tiny bottle of body lotion for the times your hands feel dry. I never forget to carry my lip balm or chap stick in a flight because the lips tend to get dry too. Also don’t forget to hydrate yourself while flying.


#6 Appropriate Clothing

Airplanes can be chilly inside. Don’t forget to carry a warm clothing. And if you are visiting a tropical country from a colder climate, ensure your carry-on has light clothing appropriate for the weather at your destination.

#7 Don't pack a jacket

Going to a place with colder climate? Don’t pack the jacket in your carry-on luggage, instead carry them in your hand to avoid wasting massive space in your hand luggage. Most airines, don’t include a jacket as a baggage! Yeah thank me later.


#8 Travel Wallet

Having all your essentials – travel documents, passport, currencies, insurance papers, itineraries in a travel wallet saves space and worries. Whatever you can’t carry digitally carry them in a travel wallet. It’s also wise to carry printed travel direction to your first stop incase you face trouble with phone’s data when you land in a new country.

#9 Hand Sanitizer

Its’s always better to be safe, isn’t it? Each and everything inside an airplane has been touched by numerous people. Don’t forget to sanitize your hands before you eat that snack! 

#10 A Spare T-shirt (specially if you are a mom)

If you are a mom to an infant or a toddler pack a spare change of clothes even if it’s an half an hour flight! You never know when you baby might throw up!


You might want to read: 20 Tips for Travelling with a toddlers. Tried and tested Mom Tips.


Now isn’t this an ultimate in flight travel checklist? This will certainly help you a smooth flight without trouble or getting bored.


24 Comments on The ultimate in flight travel checklist that you should not miss

  1. Vartika
    February 21, 2019 at 5:08 pm (4 weeks ago)

    A great list, though I would add Snacks too in it.

  2. Roma
    February 21, 2019 at 6:49 pm (4 weeks ago)

    You covered most things my dear. I often stuff my hand carry with loads of books and miss the essentials but now I can use this list.

  3. Preeti Chauhan
    February 21, 2019 at 8:40 pm (4 weeks ago)

    I learnt to carry a light jacket or stole and and my kindle after suffering in the entertainment free flight. Thanks for sharing this very useful list.

  4. Rakhi Parsai
    February 21, 2019 at 8:43 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Such a perfect list for all of us. I especially loved the last one carrying a T-shirt. As indeed kids can throw tons of surprises. I recently had such a mishap while travelling.

  5. Alpana Deo
    February 22, 2019 at 1:35 am (4 weeks ago)

    I carry all the items from the checklist along with general medicines and light snack.

  6. Prerna Wahi
    February 22, 2019 at 9:40 am (4 weeks ago)

    That’s a comprehensive list Tina. Very useful. Thanks for sharing it!

  7. Pragnya Mishra
    February 23, 2019 at 2:39 am (4 weeks ago)

    I pack a couple of books and a stole. Rest is always there in the bag, perks of being a mom. An exhaustive list.

  8. Ruchi Verma
    February 23, 2019 at 7:20 am (4 weeks ago)

    This is such a great travel checklist …even I too need my headphones or earplugs while traveling…

  9. Varsh
    February 23, 2019 at 1:23 pm (4 weeks ago)

    This is a good checklist. Can never travel without a book, hand sanitiser, headphones and portable charger.

  10. Deepika
    February 23, 2019 at 3:18 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Good compilation. You included all the points which are the saviours in the flights. Warm clothing, sanitizer, book or kindle is must.

  11. Snehalata Jain
    February 23, 2019 at 5:56 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Hey, great checklist. I am really in need of this kind of post. Will save for later use. Almost all the things are highly needed.

  12. Jhilmil D Saha
    February 23, 2019 at 7:34 pm (4 weeks ago)

    That is the ultimate list, very important. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Geethica Mehra
    February 23, 2019 at 7:41 pm (4 weeks ago)

    These are some essential things to carry along. I always keep a spare pair of clothes of mine and both the kids also. I have experienced soiled clothes so many times that I have learnt a lesson.

  14. Sharvari
    February 23, 2019 at 9:20 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Perfect list definitely carrying jacket in your hand is the important point to save on luggage space. Also carrying smart devices and chargers is important.

  15. misha
    February 23, 2019 at 10:54 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Now thats just perfect list i believe.. Noted Ma’am

  16. Snigdha Prusti
    February 23, 2019 at 11:18 pm (4 weeks ago)

    This is a really great list and very helpful for so many. Even I came to know few new things about air travelling.

  17. Neha Jain
    February 24, 2019 at 12:36 am (4 weeks ago)

    Thanks for sharing this with me, all these are must take items while you are travelling.

  18. Nimmy
    February 24, 2019 at 12:40 am (4 weeks ago)

    Hand sanitizer is something I have never seen people using here in India but in abroad. I really think that people should make it a habit to use those, especially while traveling.

  19. Anita
    February 24, 2019 at 11:01 am (4 weeks ago)

    Ear plugs and wipes are my favourite in my travel handbag. Very useful post indeed.

  20. Neha Tambe
    February 24, 2019 at 1:06 pm (4 weeks ago)

    This is a helpful list! I found the importance of body lotion and chapstick the hard way, when at the end of a long flight, I was all dry and chapped.

  21. Papri Ganguly
    February 24, 2019 at 1:14 pm (4 weeks ago)

    You have included some helpful points
    My brother travels frequently. This post would be helpful for him


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