I have had the opportunity to take quite a few long flights. I have put together a list of items I like to have when I am going to spend a lot of time on a plane. Today, I am sharing them with you.
For me, this is the most important one. When you are on a plane for a long time you get dehydrated. I know that you can get water on the plane by asking the fight attendants, but you only get a tiny plastic glass. Sure, you could ask them to refill it as many times as you want, but you keep getting up to ask for water. I did that once and I will never do it again. I always make sure I purchase a bottle of water after going through security (if you buy it beforehand they won’t let you take it with you). It is a bit pricey to buy water at the airport, but it is worth it.
You will notice that most of my essentials relate to staying hydrated in one way or another. I always reach for chapstick when I am on a plane. It’s nice to hydrate my lips and help fight the dryness of the air in the plane.
Some people carry hand moisturizers, I like to carry a face one. I am careful to pick either a sample size or I make sure that the tube is under 100ml (limit allowed on a carry on).
I know that to some people this might seem superfluous, but trust me when I say you’ll need this if you’re spending long hours on a plane. I always try to sleep when I am on a long flight; it makes time go by faster. This makes a huge difference in how easy and comfortable it is to sleep in your seat. You have many kinds of neck pillows: inflatable, foam, etc. My favorite one so far is one that I bought at the airport in Paris that has tiny beads in it.
An Extra Sweater and/or Scarf
I have never been on a long flight where I didn’t get cold. Therefore I have gotten used to carrying at least one extra layer in my bag. I usually go for a fleece (it’s warm and doesn’t take as much space as a wool sweater). You can also get one of those big wide scarves that could double as a blanket (I think they are called “blanket” scarves).
Some Kind of Entertainment
I always make sure that I have something to keep me occupied on the plane in case there are no good movies or the screens don’t work. I usually carry my Kindle, and I also have games, music and podcasts on my phone and movies on my computer. Sometimes I go as far as to bring my Nintendo 3DS. The more things you have to do, the faster you’ll get to your destination.
There a few other things that you can bring, but they are not as essential to me. Some people like to bring a change of clothes in case their luggage gets lost (especially if your flight is not direct). You can always have a small emergency kit with eyedrops, Ibuprofen, Band-Aids, etc. Sometimes I also like to buy some snacks for the flight in case I don’t like the food.
What are your essentials on a long flight? Would you add things to this list? Let me know in the comment section below!
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