10 Must-Haves for Long Flights

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Since I fly for a living, I’ve come up with a list of items that are essential for staying comfortable and happy on long flights! I am also providing links with my personal recommendations.

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1. Blanket / Light Jacket

Airplanes are always on the cold side because it can make people sick if it gets too warm. It is always a good idea to bring your own blanket / jacket so you can be comfortable all flight long.

GRACE KARIN Open Front Long Sleeves Cardigan Sweater (L,Black)

World’s Best Cozy-Soft Microfleece Travel Blanket, 50 x 60 Inch, Navy, Great for Travel or Lounging at Home

Next Level Unisex Triblend Long-Sleeve Hoodie N6021 -VINTAGE BLAC XL

2. Eye Mask

Unimi Sleep Mask for Woman and Man, Upgraded Contoured 3D Eye Mask Eye Cover, Comfortable Sleeping Mask No Pressure On Your Eyeballs, Create Total Darkness -Black

3. Travel Pillow

Trtl Pillow – Scientifically Proven Super Soft Neck Support Travel Pillow – Machine Washable (Grey)

Twist Memory Foam Travel Pillow for Neck, Chin, Lumbar and Leg Support – For Traveling on Airplane, Bus, Train or at Home – Best for Side, Stomach and Back Sleepers – Adjustable, Bendable Roll Pillow

4. Entertainment

Phone, Kindle, iPad, Magazines, etc.

Always bring your own entertainment! Download some music to your phone, bring your favorite books or kindle, download movies to your iPad. Always download things before the flight – even if the airplane is supposed to have wifi, because the connection might be bad or it might not be working! TVs on airplanes don’t always work either so come prepared just incase you get seated in an unlucky seat without any working inflight entertainment. Also, download a relaxation / white noise app to your phone to help you fall asleep – Rain Rain is my favorite.

Kindle E-reader – Black, 6″ Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi, Built-In Audible – Includes Special Offers

5. Headphones / Headphone Converter

Chances are, your airplane TV will not be compatible with your new iPhone headphones. I notice this happens to customers all the time. Always bring your own noise blocking headphones that have the “old” / “original” headphone jack . If you have an iPhone and only want to bring one pair of headphones, I am linking an adaptor that will let you listening to music with your new headphones and charge your phone at the same time. I also just discovered AirFly – it lets you connect wireless headphones to wired headphone jacks. I have never used it, but I’ve seen a lot of people on my flights using it recently.

Sleep Headphones, MAXROCK Ultra Soft Comfortable In-ear Earphones w Mic and Volume Control Sound Blocking Earplugs Earbuds for Sleeping, Snoring, Bedtime, Relaxation, Air Travel, Insomnia & Meditation

Lightning Adapter,3.5mm Jack AUX Headphone Audio +Charger Adapter iPhone 7/7Plus iPhone 8/8Plus iPhone X.2 in 1 Lightning Earphone Extender Jack Adapter Convenient. Compatible iOS 10.3/11or Later

Twelve South AirFly | Wireless Transmitter to use AirPods and Bluetooth/Noise-canceling Headphones in Gyms or on Airplanes (aptx Low Latency)

6. Portable Charger

Anker PowerCore 5000, Ultra-Compact 5000mAh External Battery with High-Speed Charging Technology, Power Bank for iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy and More

7. Water / Snacks

Long flights dehydrate you. I know you can’t bring liquids past security, but its a good idea to bring your own water bottle and fill it up using water fountains in the airport before your flight.

Nomader BPA Free Collapsible Sports Water Bottle – Foldable with Reusable Leak Proof Twist Cap for Gym Travel Hiking Camping and Outdoors – 22 oz (Gray)

Check out my posts for Travel Snack ideas:

Healthy Vegan Travel Snacks

High Protein Travel Snacks

Gluten Free Travel Snacks

8. Hand Sanitizer / Sanitizing Wipes

When you’re on an airplane full of hundreds of people for hours, you can count on being exposed to lots of germs. Sanitizer can help.

PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer Variety Pack, Naturals and Refreshing Gel, 1 fl oz portable flip-cap bottle with JELLY WRAP Carrier (Pack of 8) – 3900-09-ECSC

PURELL Hand Sanitizing Wipes, Clean Refreshing Scent, 20 Count Travel Pack (Pack of 6) – 9124-09-EC

 9. Hydration Products

Facial Spray, Lotion, Eye Drops, Chapstick, Etc.

Again, long flights dehydrate you and one thing I always like to bring is rose water to keep my skin hydrated. I’m linking a rose water spray that is 2 oz. so you won’t have any issues getting it past security. Also, after a long flight your eyes will probably be red and uncomfortable – I’m linking the best eye drops I’ve ever used.

Teddie Organics Rose Water Facial Toner Spray 2oz

Rohto Cool The Original Cooling Redness Relief Eye Drops, 0.4 Ounce, 3 Count

Burt’s Bees Essential Gift Set, 5 Travel Size Products – Deep Cleansing Cream, Hand Salve, Body Lotion, Foot Cream and Lip Balm

10. Essential Oils

This is especially helpful if you’re a nervous flyer. Or if you are just trying to relax on a flight. Also, some blends can help strengthen your immune system to help protect against germs you come in contact with on the airplane. I love essential oils because they’re so easy to bring with you anywhere! If for nothing else, they can keep you smelling good and can help mask the smell of any unfortunate smells that might come from being in such a small space with hundreds of other people for hours.

Plant Therapy Lavender Essential Oil 100% Pure, Undiluted, Therapeutic Grade 10 mL (1/3 oz)

Plant Therapy Essential Oils Germ Fighter Synergy – Sinus Health and Cold Blend 100% Pure, Pre-Diluted Roll-On, Natural Aromatherapy, Therapeutic Grade 10 mL (1/3 oz)

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