Travel Essentials for a Long-haul Flight by Jackie Collins
It all starts with the bag and the carry-on. Clothes etc. are taken care of in the main luggage, but what travels with you is of utmost importance. I was once on a flight with Michael Caine who carried a large black bag, and in it he had everything you could possibly think of. Headache pills? No problem. A band-aid? Of course. Lip-balm. Yes. And candy, paperback books, allergy pills, tweezers, chocolate. Yes to everything!
What a guy! What a great travelling companion!
I told his beautiful wife, Shakira, when we landed, and she smiled and said—“Ah yes, Michael never forgets anything.”
So I decided he was a great example in case one lands up at the wrong airport in an emergency as many people did after 9-11.
Here is what I think one should have in your carry-on bag. Your favourite shoes, pants and a top, plus any jewellery you might be travelling with. A camera—I favour the Canon G16, it takes great photos. A soft pillow. A warm scarf. Your phone and iPad chargers. And I usually take the manuscript of the book I’m working on. The manuscript of “The Santangelos” came all over the world with me and I never wrote a word until I arrived at my destination! Can’t write on planes, too much distraction.
In your handbag you should have all the essentials such as passport, money, magazines, mints, favourite make-up and lucky charms. I wear mine around my neck.
Travelling today is a drag, but if you’re organized it’s not so bad.
Oh yes, and take a good book to read. May I suggest “The Santangelos”. Ha-ha! Just kidding. Although a reader had told me that reading one of my books always makes the trip go faster . . . .