Some folks find flying exciting. Others spend the whole flight bored out of their mind. Whether you fall into the former camp or the latter, though, chances are you’ve struggled with packing before. After all, what’s necessary for a long flight? Entertainment? Comfort? As far as we’re concerned, you can—and should—have both. That’s why today, we’re looking at six things that belong in your carry-on.
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Trying to sleep in an airplane seat can be a pain in the neck. It doesn’t have to be, though. Bringing a neck pillow aboard will allow you to sleep soundly, not to mention comfortably. A quick Google search pulls up a plethora of cushions to choose from. For our money, though, the Tallgo Travel Pillow is the way to go. It’s a bit bulky, admittedly, but that’s a small price to pay for blissfully soft memory foam and the support provided by its U-shaped design.
Comfort isn’t the only key to a good night’s sleep; settling your mind is equally important, if not more so. But how can you do that surrounded by bright lights and fellow passengers? Simple: slip on a sleep mask and tune it all out. Often bought alongside the aforementioned pillow, the Mavogel Sleep Mask is highly recommended. This Amazon best seller boasts an adjustable fit, minimal pressure on the eyes, and a bending cartilage design that provides perfect light blockage.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
A pair of noise-cancelling headphones is surprisingly versatile. Obviously, they’re designed to let you listen to tunes and watch movies without disturbing, or being disturbed by, other passengers. To boot, they can help drown out ambient noise when you’re trying to catch a wink. Bluetooth models are ideal for flying, since they’ve got no wires to tangle. The Infurture Noise Cancelling Headphones are a great starting point, providing powerful noise isolation at a reasonable price.
If you’re in for the long haul, you’ll want something to keep you occupied. Our advice? Score yourself a tablet; they’re the perfect blend of sizable and portable. They can serve a variety of functions, too. An Apple iPad Mini will let you watch movies, play games, or listen to music for the duration of your flight. Alternatively, you can pick up a Kindle Paperwhite, and spend your journey immersed in riveting reading material.
If you’re toting a tablet, this accessory is particularly important. You don’t want your device dying on you halfway through a film, right? A portable charger will prevent that from happening; all you need to do is connect it when your battery runs low, and it’ll be fully charged again in no time. In terms of model, we recommend the EAFU Portable Charger; it can charge up to three devices at once, and its compact design makes it easy to store.
Don’t you hate it when your feet fall asleep on a long flight? Consider investing in some compression socks. Staying seated for long stretches of time—four hours and above—can interfere with your circulation, resulting in numbness, and even blood clots in extreme cases. Wearing compression socks will ensure your blood stays pumping, and your feet stay healthy. If you’re in the market, Eulay offers simple, affordable socks for all sorts. Pick up a bundle, and you’ll be set for future flights.
The newest addition to in-flight essentials, personal protective equipment (PPE). Make sure you have a mask that fully encloses your face, a mini hand sanitizer, and lysol wipes for the plane ride. Help to give yourself the peace of mind you deserve as you embark on your much needed vacation!