Here’s the thing about being born and bred in Australia – it’s so bloody far. From everywhere. Except New Zealand. But that doesn’t count.
To get from my base in Doha, Qatar, to Sydney it’s a 14 hour flight and at least one connection. Even at the pointy end of the plane, that’s a long, long time.
So to ensure my survival and those around me (including crew and fellow passengers), I pack a survival kit. This includes:
1. Stretchy pants
Although many airlines in business class will give you PJs, the aren’t always the best fit. I have been known to wake up with them around my ankles, involuntarily. Really. These ones from Gap are my favorite at the moment and work double time as work-out pants at the other end.
Now all long haul flights regardless of class you are traveling in will give you headphones, but the problem is, sometimes they have been re-used. Also, especially the luxe “noise cancelling” ones, makes it difficult to fall asleep. White girl problems, I know. These ear buds by Beats are not only funky but portable and you can get a special adaptor for the three prong in-chair outlet. Beats by Dr. Dre
OK OK this is obvious, but I don’t watch movies as the screen is too small.Instead I pack with magazines including Glamour, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair and Gourmet Traveller. Nothing too taxing. Books on my summer travel list include The Tao of Martha by Jen Lancaster and We Need New Names by NoViolet Buluwayo
5. A decent lip balm
I am not a label queen but this balm is the best I have found. ByTerry (it’s better if you say with a French accent) is available at most high end department stories and its not only lush but smells amazing. Worth the price.
5. A great moisturizer
An oldie but a goodie, this classic by Clinique is best served slathered on. Makes me look half human on arrival.
All these fit into my admittedly cavernous handbag…but I never leave home without them.