Packing list long-distance travel - plus tips for carry-on luggage for long-haul flights


Since my one-year trip around the world, I am a master of easy travel. Mostly I only fly with hand luggage, my small suitcase weighs less than eight kilos. So I travel to destinations like Bali, Thailand or Australia. I'll tell you some packing tips and have a packing list long-distance travel to print and check off for you. So you will not forget anything on your next trip!

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Inspiration for travel destinations - for example for the Asia vacation

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My travel style

  • Mostly I travel 10 to 14 days on long-distance journeys .
  • Preferred destinations are warm countries , because I need less clothing.
  • The least clothes I need for the beach vacation .
  • In contrast, it can be on city ​​breaks z. B. in restaurants ever chic.
  • I like to travel comfortably, use hotels instead of hostels and am traveling with a suitcase instead of a backpack.
  • Since we have no children , the luggage is eliminated.
  • I love water sports , lend me snorkel, fins Co. but always on site.
  • I'm not an outdoor fan . Hiking boots and pants are therefore not in the luggage.

General packing tips for long-distance travel

  • Usually I only go with hand luggage on the journey.
  • So I do not need to check in a suitcase at the airport and do not have to wait for my luggage after landing . At the airport I go - if I have checked in advance online - directly through to the security check .
  • Passport, visa (if required) and credit card are the most important thing . You can buy missing things otherwise.
  • In my carry-on luggage, I always carry camera, smartphone, possibly notebook and tablet with me. Everything that is sensitive and could break. Of course, the right charging cable .
  • So far my suitcase was lost only once during a flight. It took me three days to get it back. Stupid that, among other things, the charging cable for the camera was in the suitcase. Since then, I've been looking at travel documents and technology that I have everything in my hand luggage.
  • Leave everything superfluous. I quickly realized that as a city and beach fan I do not need outdoor clothing.
  • Also, I noticed at some point that I wear mostly my favorite clothes when traveling. Why take something else with you? I always leave on site in the hotel wash .
  • Before the trip, I search for the destination: Information on visa, dangers, etc. about the Foreign Office , the local time on the world clock , the current temperature on the weather app of my smartphone and the conversion rate on .

Packing list long-distance travel: hand luggage on long-haul flights

  • Most of the time, you can take a piece of hand luggage and a personal item, such as a purse, into the aircraft cabin . This is dependent on z. B. from the airline and booking class.
  • The maximum dimensions for the hand luggage suitcase? Often it's 55 x 40 x 20 centimeters , check with your airline.
  • As well as the maximum weight of the carry-on suitcase. That is often 7 to 10 kilos.
  • By the way, more and more airlines are checking their hand luggage in advance and weighing it. This can be expensive if you exceed the specifications!
  • Liquids such as toothpaste, shampoo, creams, deodorant or perfume may be carried in hand luggage only in containers up to a maximum of 100 ml. I use products in travel sizes, available eg. B. at or in drugstores.
  • The individual products must be packed in a transparent, resealable plastic bag with a maximum size of 1 liter . The plastic bags you get about at the airports.
  • I've seen at the security checkpoint how people got in trouble with two plastic bags or too big a bag.
  • I always pack the plastic bag at the top so that I can get there quickly.
  • More information can be found in my article long-haul flight made easy . This is a comprehensive guide with 17 tips and tricks for long-haul flights.

Packing list long-distance travel (10 - 14 days)

1) Suitcases, hand luggage Co.

2) Documents means of payment

  • Travel documents
  • Passport with passport Neck pillow for comfortable sleeping on the flight
  • ear plugs for pressure equalization and ear pain
  • Travel guide to prepare for my destination
  • Ballpoint pen for the entry forms

4) Technology like camera and tablet

5) Comfortable travel clothes

6) Toiletry bag (packing list long-distance travel)

7) First Aid Kit (Packing List Long Distance Travel)

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  • reply
    June 17, 2019 at 10:51

    Huhu and thanks, the packing list is great. Unfortunately, I always take too many clothes and always wear the same clothes.

    Just a note: When traveling to Asia with Chinese airlines check beforehand if power banks are allowed. On my two trips, ALL Powerbanks were drafted in advance. For example, they are not allowed on the plane, even in hand luggage. Would hurt for the money if someone happens.

    best regards

    PS: Unfortunately I discovered your blog today, but I promptly read :-D

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      Anja Beckmann
      June 19, 2019 at 19:19

      Hello Andrea,

      how nice that you like my blog and the packing list!

      I have not flown with a Chinese airline yet. Thank you so much for your tip, which is certainly useful for many.

      best regards

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    November 16, 2016 at 22:11

    I still have something that should never be missing in my long-distance travel bag "Clove oil". But not the fragrance oil but the pure from the pharmacy.
    To put a sore tooth to rest when traveling in depleting areas or having blisters on your feet, numbing anti viral and disinfecting on wounds too.

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    November 6, 2016 at 16:18

    How was it in Mexico?

    • reply
      Anja Beckmann
      November 7th, 2016 at 18:51

      Hello Tom,

      Unfortunately Mexico was not that nice on the 3rd time: It rained a lot and Playa got quite expensive. But the Dia de los Muertos was great!

      Many greetings

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    August 4, 2016 at 21:58

    Hello Anja,

    I looked around a bit on your side. You have really versatile and detailed experience. Thanks for sharing.

    A supplement from me: Dried ginger in capsules helps with jet lag. Simply insert compatibility capsule before departure! :)

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      Anja Beckmann
      August 7, 2016 at 14:11

      Hello Steffen,

      thank you for your kind words! :)

      I'll try that with the ginger in October in Mexico.

      best regards

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    February 29, 2016 at 12:48

    Thanks for the list. I have already slimmed down a lot on my last trip, but there is still room for improvement ;-). For the next trip's even less, I hope that I manage in the end to have so little in the suitcase.

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    November 7, 2015 at 15:39

    Prima Packliste .... Have inspired me .... Times see what I can report after the holiday ☺

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    Nellie Berger
    September 24, 2015 at 09:47

    Thanks for this great packing list :) Click me for ages through the Internet but have not found a really useful list :)

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    June 18th, 2015 at 13:05

    I think super list. For me as a man of course there are still a lot of things away;) For my next trip I have only about half of you here. In particular, I have decided not to lug clothes and toiletries. Is usually before the wrong thing ... and on the spot there is always ne shopping possibility.

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      Anja Beckmann
      June 18th, 2015 at 13:24

      Hello Urs,

      great that you like the list!

      As 1.80 meters woman I have the problem that I z. In Asia, for example, I can not find clothes of my size. And with the skin care products, I rely on my favorite products. :)

      Many greetings

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    June 10, 2015 at 11:01

    Dear Anja,

    a very good packing list! I wish I could also decide to pack less. Somehow my suitcase is always full in the end - no matter how long I'm traveling ... But I'll take an example now!

    LG Antje

    • reply
      Anja Beckmann
      June 10, 2015 at 11:05

      Dear Antje,

      how nice that I could inspire you! For me it is pure laziness: the more I take with me, the more I have to drag around. :)

      LG, Anja

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    June 10, 2015 at 08:16

    Dear Anja,
    Great list that inspires me to pack even less. I have a question that hopefully does not deviate too far from the subject: You write about your Macbook Air. Is that enough? So generally as a laptop? Or do you take this with you only for traveling and have another at home? Mine is broken and I have to buy a new one. Since I also travel a lot, I'm fond of the MacbookAir, but I am afraid that the performance is not enough.

    Thank you, Susanne

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      Anja Beckmann
      June 10th, 2015 at 09:40

      Dear Susanne,

      great that you like my packing list!

      I already had an iMac with 27 inch screen in front of the notebook. I use it to work at home.

      When traveling, I usually do not get to blog in peace. Therefore I post on the way on social media, hold information about the note function of my smartphone and write partly already to the article. At home, I then edit the pictures and finish the article to post it.

      best regards

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