So we are off to Australia next week!!! If you can’t tell, I am super excited because I haven’t been on a proper holiday for nearly three years now and I am desperate for a change of scenery and the luxury of going out and enjoying the sights in the middle of the day. But I am also dreading it a tiny bit. You see, this is the first time we will take such a long flight (13 hours and 50 minutes to be exact) with our daughter and we have no idea how she will feel about being cooped up in economy class seating for such long hours. Frankly, the thought of spending so much time with a spirited, possibly sleep deprived toddler, who likes to scream out of boredom and without a reasonably sized bathroom to escape to, is quite frightful to me. So next Wednesday is already looking quite grim. But I am trying my level best to remain calm and positive. And the best way to do that is to be prepared for any unforeseen disaster the flight might throw my way.

My handbag was the first thing I organized when I got into packing mode this week. And I decided to write a short post to share the contents of my bag. I want to mention that this bag exclusively carries my belongings, things that only I might need and use during the flight, with a few exceptions of course.

Firstly a bit about my choice of bag to carry. This is the first time I have invested in a backpack and I am really happy with my purchase. This is a leather bag from a brand called Bostanten which I got off of Ebay. The color is very fashionably pink, with gold hardware. So far the bag looks very well made and super-sturdy. It also has tons of space for all my stuff and then some more. I have been carrying it around town the last few days, just to get used to it and I didn’t find it to be too heavy to cause a shoulder ache. Well the real test will be at the immigration lines, but so far I am enjoying being completely hands free when my daughter needs me.

Wallet – This of course has mine and my daughter’s IDs, health insurance cards and cash. My travel documents will be nice and safe with The Husband.

Phone – Loaded with enough music, podcasts and audio books to last the entire flight, in case I can’t sleep.

Earphones – Kept safely in their small box so they don’t end up in a tangled mess at the bottom of my bag.

Kindle – Ready with a newly downloaded, easy holiday read (which I have yet to find).

Power bank – In case my phone or (God forbid) my daughter’s tablet runs out of juice.

Mints – Because, you know why.

Hand cream – To be reapplied every few minutes because I get terribly dry hands when I fly.

Snacks – A couple of granola bars for me and The Husband and a few lollipops for my daughter. She is under the impression that my bag produces candy and I don’t like to disappoint her.

Pouch of emergencies – This has everything we might need mid-air. Painkillers, bandages, eye drops, hair ties and pins, safety pins, vaseline, compressed towels and other lady-like supplies. Also I like to be the person who has a safety pin when a fellow female in the toilet is in desperate need of one and I swoop in and save their day.

Anti-bacterial wipes, tissues and hand sanitizer – To give our tray tables, bassinet and everything my daughter is going to touch a good clean to set my mind at ease.

Toilet seat covers – Essential!

Sunglasses – Even though we will be landing in Sydney at night but my sunglasses are probably safest in my handbag. Plus you never know when you might have to pretend to be a famous actress from a land far far away.

Makeup and skin care – I probably won’t be wearing any makeup but I still like to keep a few essentials in my bag for good measure. A mascara, a tinted lip balm, a lipstick and a travel sized perfume is all I have here. Skincare though is another story. I get severely dehydrated in the air so I make it a point to carry a mini serum, moisturizer and eye cream whenever I travel. It doesn’t really stop me from looking like an autumn leaf when I reach my destination but one can keep trying and hope for a miracle.

Makeup remover wipes – These days I am constantly coming across articles about the poor quality of water in airplanes, so I am definitely not going to use it to wash my acne prone face. Instead I will use these makeup remover wipes whenever I feel like I have to clean my face and reapply my moisturizer.

Note book and pens – Because you never know when you might get the urge to write something down. Also I always like to be the person who has a pen.

I sure hope I am prepared for all kinds of situations that can occur on a plane. Do let me know in the comments if I have missed something out. Next on my list is to pack my daughter’s baby bag for the flight which is quite a daunting task and I know I will have to show restraint and not over pack. Wish me luck.





My Handbag on a Long Haul Flight

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13 thoughts on “My Handbag on a Long Haul Flight

  1. Oh God Aatika I’ve always wanted to pretend to be a celebrity , so much fun :))) try that with a black face mask ;).. I wish you a safe and sound trip also don’t forget the neck pillow, leg’s hammock and the eye patch these are basiccc

    1. Great suggestions Najwa! I will definitely add them to my list. Thanks a lot for reading :d

  2. It’s such a relief that the kids have grown up and can be managed with the look of my eye or in worst cases… a tiny growl!!! ???
    Well done Aati. I hope you have fun with Zahra on your way ???

  3. Great post! Do update us when you come back that which things you could do without & which you are glad you had in your bag. Have a great vacation!!

  4. Yayy.. I have same things except that snacks portion is more and makeup stuff is less.
    For long flight, feel like the plane is like your own.
    Walk as frequently with your daughter as you want to make her less fussy.
    Request flight attendant if you can shift to a seat that has another vacant seat with it so that the child can relax a bit.
    Try everything to put her to sleep (without medicine). I have seen many Indian parents personally here in Germany who give heavy dose of cough or other sleep inducing syrup to their little ones. What a pity!
    Check for travel sickness too for her.

    1. Great advice Ayesha. I think I will be doing a lot of walking when my daughter is awake because she finds it very hard to sit even during the 2 hour flight to my parents 😀 I am hoping she will sleep a long time because we will start our journey at night. If she sleeps 8 hours I will do a happy dance when we land 😀 😀 😀

  5. Atika maybe keep some color pencils and a color book for Zahra just in case and her favorite toy offcourse. Looking forward to see you.

    1. Yes that’s a good reminder. I will definitely pack that in her bag. Looking forward to meeting you after such a long time 😀

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