Last Updated on October 29, 2020
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1. Water bottle
Don’t bring a disposable water bottle to the airport because sooner or later, a security guard will kindly ask you to throw it away at a security checkpoint. And you probably don’t want to pay a premium price for a water bottle at the airport before boarding or during your flight. That’s why you should pack an empty refillable water bottle. You can then fill it for free right before entering the boarding gate and drink it during your flight.
2. Hygiene products
Like any other public transportation, airplanes are not exactly the most hygienic places in the world. So, it would be best if you took some precautions during your flight. Since you can’t keep visiting the toilet to wash your hands, carrying a tiny hand sanitizer bottle or antimicrobial wipes is the most effective way to keep your hands clean. Facial wipes can also clean, hydrate, and soothe your skin, but only pack them if you have extra room in your bag. Also, you should avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth so as not to facilitate the entry of germs into your organism.
3. Travel pillow
The best long-flight tip is: get some sleep. It is easier said than done. Airplane seats are not exactly the most comfortable place in the world where you can lie down in any position you want. A neck pillow or any other travel pillow is essential to support your head while you sleep. If the lighting affects your ability to fall asleep, then you should also pack an eye mask. These items are often provided by the airline free of charge. However, unless you know for sure that your flight is the first one of the day, you should avoid using them. They are placed freshly washed on the aircraft every morning. However, between flights, they are re-folded and re-used. Lastly, compression socks can also help you stay comfortable for longer. They improve your blood blow and prevent pain and swelling in your legs. If you need extra help to get some sleep, a sleeping pill might do the trick.
Headphones are a must-have. They allow you to listen to whatever you want without disturbing anyone while simultaneously muffling the sounds around you. If you are a frequent traveler, we suggest that you buy a decent pair of noise-canceling headphones. Sure, they are really expensive – the Sony WH-1000XM3 and the Bose 700, the models that most audio experts love, cost more than 300$. But it might be worth it, especially if you find the constant airplane noises truly annoying. As soon as you put them on, all you will hear is your music, podcast, or movie. Nothing else. This will change your flights completely.
5. Chewing gum
Chewing gum on a plane is essential for two different reasons. First, it can relieve the air pressure in your ears caused by the sudden change in altitude. And no, this relief is not due to the act of chewing. Chewing gum increases saliva production and swallowing, forcing the Eustachian tube to open, which in turn makes your ears pop. Second, it is much easier and practical to take a pack of chewing gum in your bag to freshen your breath than a toothbrush and toothpaste or a bottle of Listerine mouthwash. Thus, chewing gum can save you when you need to refresh your breath at the end of your airplane meal or when you wake up from a nap.
Pick a book or magazine to read, your Nintendo Switch to play some games, or your laptop to watch some movies or TV series (remember that you have to download the content before boarding!). Or simply a pen and paper to write something down. It is up to you to decide which item can entertain you the most during your flight and make time go by faster. Also, don’t forget to pack a USB cable to charge your smartphone. Nowadays, many airplanes have a USB slot where you can charge your device in-flight, so there’s no need to pack the phone charger on your carry-on bag.
You should never trust the airline’s meal service. There’s a chance you won’t like it at all or that it won’t be enough to keep you full during the entire flight. Pack some of your favorite snacks in your bag for when you get hungry. Try not to make a mess while eating them.