For long haul flights in economy, we recommend this small “Underseater” carry-on (that comes with a packable tote bag). Here’s what we like about this bag. Yes, it fits under the seat in front you. If you put this bag under the seat in front of you (especially if you have short legs), you can pull it out and put you feet on it during the flight to raise your legs to avoid swelling. Not recommended if you have long legs. Also, it comes with a tote, so if you want to store it above in the overhead compartment, just pull out the tote and put your in flight essentials in the tote to keep with you at your seat. Finally, the organization is amazing. You can easily organize the items would will need during your 22 hours of travel to Asia systematically so they are super easy to get to whether it is in flight or during your layover. Check out the color options; currently the Eggplant one is $20 cheaper.
Quality Packable Tote by Loqi. You will use this more than anything you bring. Stash your in-flight goodies out of your carry-on and put that in the overhead. Say no to plastic bags and put your purchases in here. Take it to the beach or use it in the van for your water and snacks...the uses are limitless!
You won’t believe the relief this gives you even in when you may have one of those calf rests. Take turns propping your feet up in one of these hammocks and using the regular foot rest (and getting up and walking about) and you will find way less swelling and uncomfortability. Long haul flights never felt so good (well, almost)!
One of our newest finds is strictly for coffee lovers (mostly everyone these days, right?). These Twin Peaks Coffee Costa Rican Pour Overs will help you bounce back when you feel jet lag creeping up on you and give you a sense of ease and comfort when you aren’t too keen on Nescafé Instant Coffee (available in most hotel rooms with a kettle) being your early morning coffee option. There are many others we can recommend, including a Vietnamese version with sweet powdered milk
Smart Phone batteries get eaten up super fast while you are traveling. Don’t leave home without an external power bank, or two. Our first suggestion is a heavy duty one like this Urbo Quick Charging 20K Portable Power Bank with 20800 mAh and 3 Ports. There’s really no sense in going with a primarily power bank with anything less than 20K mAh since the emergency uses are many. You never know when there might be a power outage and having a fully charged power bank can get your (and your roommate’s) device(s) charged up with room to spare. Sometimes hotel rooms cut the power (not just the A/C) when you leave the room so nothing will charge while you are out of the room so having a portable power bank will allow you to avoid that issue all together. And, who likes to charge their phone while they sleep but wants the phone nearby? Well, in most hotels in Southeast Asia have very few outlets (sometimes just one) and these are rarely conveniently located. Having a fully charged power bank to charge your phone while you post your Elephant pictures on Facebook comes in very handy. Again, the uses are many. By the way, this one charges phones, tablets, and laptops!
We also like this lighter and multi-tasking Urbo Digital Luggage Scale Built-in Flashlight & 6000 mAh Power Bank. This is great as a charger for your day bag and we are sure you will need the scale to make sure you souvenirs don’t put you over the baggage allowance. And flashlights are always on our packing lists.
One item you may discount as a luxury item is this Rainyb 2300W Step Down 220V to 110V Voltage Converter & Universal Travel Adapter / Transformer. These gadgets are so practical and worth every bit of 7 inches by 4 inches by 2 inches they take up in your luggage. Why do we like this so much? To start with, remember what we said earlier about there being limited power outlets in your hotel room? Well couple that with two people sharing a room with multiple items to charge each night (and in some cases, hair dryers and flat irons or shavers to plug in somewhere). These are one-stop “charging stations” with three USB Ports, three AC Outlets and UK/AU/US/EU Worldwide Plug Adapters, Power Converter for Hair Dryer and appliances. Sure it is supposed to be okay to put your iPhone directly into the wall outlet in Thailand (US travelers don’t even need to fuss with different shaped plug adaptors) but when you feel how hot your devices become, you’ll be happy to have the option to charge with one of these power stations. Nothing overheats (although we still recommend purchasing a travel dryer with dual capacity) and you can charge it all together. You’ll love having this gadget along.