Sunday, 4 October 2015

Overnight Flight Essentials & How to Survive a Red-Eye!

If you are a terrible flight sleeper raise your hand... everyone's hands up?? Mine sure is! I personally find it incredibly difficult to sleep on planes, I attribute this to the lack of leg space as I am quite tall and just thinking of being in a plane for a long period of time makes my legs ache. Which is why overnight flights are my worse nightmare. In theory I love the idea of a red-eye, you spend your day at home packing and such in no real rush, head to the airport, sleep on the plane and arrive in a new place. Sounds simple? Not for me, which is why I have come up with a list of my essentials to bring on an overnight flight, including the perfect flight outfit and also some red-eye survival tips!

Overnight Flight Essentials
- Neck Pillow  - Backpack
- I Pad - Earplugs
- Headphones - I Phone - Charger - Toothbrush
- Passport - Lip balm - Perfume - Toothpaste
- Fuzzy Socks - Card Holder - Face Wipes
- Oversized Blanket Scarf

Overnight Flight Outfit
- Loose long shirt
- Leggings
- Scarf - multi purpose to use as a blanket!

Red-Eye Survival Tips
  • Drink lots of water (although this may impede your sleep if you have to go to the bathroom) but even so I find helps with dehydration and therefore less sick feeling.
  • I love a simple backpack for a carry on bag for overnights. Reason being that you can fit all your essentials in it and then you can fit under your seat instead of in the overhead. This makes it easier to find what you need and your not afraid of losing things in the seat pocket.
  • Choose either window or aisle. The middle seat is your worst nightmare in an overnight flight. There are pros and cons to each the window and the aisle, so weigh your options.
Window                                                                                                Aisle
- Head rest                                                   - Extra leg room, I stretch them into the aisle!
- Less disruption from aisle walkers                    - Easy to get to bathroom, stand/stretch, overhead
- More difficult to get to the bathroom               - Disruption from aisle walkers
  • Pack your essentials including neck pillow and blanket (or large scarf)
  • Get up and walk around, on the flight to Australia my friend and I got up and just stood at the back of the plane and ended up making friends with a staff and got some bonus snacks!
  • Choose carefully what you eat pre-flight and during the fight. Know what works for your stomach and what doesn't. I eat quite bland and play it safe on flight days to avoid bloating and/or sickness
  • Create a playlist of music that is relaxing or soothing
  • Wear comfy clothes and bring socks (even if its a summer flight)
What are your Red-Eye Essentials and/or Tips ????


  1. Great Tips. I will be on a night flight to Dubai in a couple of days. Actually prefer flying at night.

    Leonie ♥ Lo On The Go

    1. Hope you have an Amazing Trip!! Happy sleeping on your red-eye!

  2. Headphones are MUST! And my Kindle/iPhone :)

    1. I always debate between my kindle and my ipad. I'm not sure which will win this trip!