Hand luggage: Always pack this one item in your cabin bag ahead of your holiday

Another article that highlights Muffie’s versatility and how it can be used as a great travel accessory. This time in The Daily Express.

Flights require forethought when it comes to packing your suitcase but it’s also important to think about your hand luggage – and there’s one thing you should definitely try to pack in your bag. Flights may simply seem like the annoying necessity ahead of reaching your destination, it’s still important to factor this journey into your holiday plans. Hand luggage is particularly crucial and can make or break a flight, especially when it comes to hygiene and comfort. By packing a few little things into your cabin bag your flight can be made much better. The good news is that should you forget them before you leave the house you can always make a last minute purchase at the airport.

One very useful item to pack in your hand luggage is a toothbrush and toothpaste combo. “You should keep your toothbrush and a small toothpaste in your hand luggage as opposed to your hold luggage – especially if you’re on a long haul flight,” Teresa Gwilt, founder of pillow company Muffie, told Express.co.uk.

“You don’t want to wake up from a good nap to disembark the plane and greet everyone with ‘morning breath.’”

Plus, both can come in a handy small travel size should you be worried about lack of space in your bag.

Teresa also advises packing snacks for the flight to stave off hunger as well as save money.

“To avoid paying airport prices, put some snacks in your bag for the aeroplane, though if you want a drink you will have to buy it onboard because of flight laws,” said Teresa.

Likewise, put some snacks into your hold luggage for when you get to your hotel to avoid being overcharged in local shops and also enjoy the snacks you like rather than unknown mystery snacks with little or no English writing on them to explain what they are.”

If you’re keen to get some sleep during a flight, the trick is to keep warm.
Consequently, it can be a good idea to pack a pair of extra cosy socks to help keep you warm.

“With the harsh air-conditioning on planes, it can sometimes be difficult to stay warm during your flight, so it’s important to pack some comfy and thick socks in your hand-luggage,” said sleep expert Neil Robinson from bed brand Sealy UK.

“Having warm feet helps you to drift off faster, as well as have a less restless sleep,” he added.

For the full, high-quality sleep experience, it’s worth packing two other items in your hand luggage, too.

Firstly, Neil recommends bringing an eye mask. It may not be the most sociable move if travelling with others but it will help block out unnecessary light.

Planes are full of bright lights – from the overhead reading lights to the blue light emitted by the TV screens – which can have a negative impact on our slumber,” explained Neil.

“When we witness a light form, it stimulates a nerve pathway from the eye to the brain this stops us from feeling tired, making it harder to drift off. Wearing an eye mask will help to block out these lights and help you to fall asleep and stay asleep.”

Secondly, passengers are advised to pack ear plugs to fully switch off from the plane’s distractions.