No matter how reputable the airline, mistakes are still made. Most know that you need to make certain your essentials are on the plane with you: medication, passport, money, jewelry (why bring jewelry overseas?), and electronics. Equally important is an essentials kit.
Ten+ hours on a flight is a long time to go without important things like soap with which to wash your hands. (I have been on a Lufthansa flight with no hand soap in the bathrooms because they did not have time to refill before we left.)
Also, Arriving in a new place with your luggage lost and no toothpaste or fresh underwear can launch your trip on the wrong foot.
My coming trip, with a jam-packed agenda and no room for errors makes an emergency kit more important. If luggage is lost, it will be chasing a tour bus all over Austria. Here is what I intend to bring for my personal emergency kit:
- Two pair socks and underwear
- 1 set light weight jammies
- 1 fresh shirt
- 1 warm jacket
- Toothbrush/toothpaste and a small shampoo
- Small bag of trail mix
- Choral music and binder
- Doterra OnGuard pearls
- 2 aspirin
- Probiotic pills
All of this will only take up a small space in my carry-on and it will be great to have should my bag not make it to Germany with my person.
This article from USA Today is also handy.