“I look forward to sitting on the stuffy plane for the next 12 hours. I probably won’t be able to sleep, but that’s ok. I’ll just listen to the beautiful noise of the plane engine.” Says nobody ever! A long haul flight can be a game of survival. The bad air circulation, the uncomfortable seat, the screaming baby behind you, gah it’s too much! Let all breath and stop cursing in our heads. With a little help, we can get through this! These 17 travel essentials for long haul flights are here to rescue! Today, I share a list of awesome products that will not only make plane rides so much more pleasant, they are super affordable too (nothing is over $20USD)! Some of these have definitely been travel life changing for me. So let’s go jet setters!
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Cooling Gel Eye mask
Starting with the basics. An eye mask is key when you are trying hard to catch some snooze but your neighbor is determined to watch his movie with flashing lights and explosions. This sleep mask + gel eye mask duo will help improve your sleep quality and prevent puff eyes.
Hoodie Neck pillow
Stiff neck from trying to sleep against the window? We’ve all been there. A neck pillow will solve that problem. This one here will also keep your head warm with a hoodie! Genius!
Airplane Travel Neck Pillow $10.99
We all know planes are full of germs. Ever wonder if anyone ever puked in the seat you are sitting on (sorry for that image)? For peace of mind, bring a small pack of cleaning wipes. You can use them to wipe down the eating tray, your hands, or little dirty humans (if you happen to be accompanying).
Panty liners were previously mentioned in my article What to Wear on Long Haul Flights, and I definitely swear by them. Keep yourself feeling clean with this secret weapon.
Mini tooth brush set
Another way to refresh is to brush your teeth. It makes a hugee difference. This mini set with a tooth paste fits the 50 ml carry on liquid and gel requirements, so you can easily bring it on the plane.
The air in a plane cabin can be so drying. Keep your lips moisturized with a lip balm.
Give the same kind of love to your skin with a mini hand moisturizer.
Call me extra, but why not pamper yourself a little more? Put on a hydrating face mask and relax. Ahh this plane is starting to feel more like a spa and less like a torture chamber.
Mini beauty pack
Foldable Water bottle
Hydrate hydrate hydrate. Drinking water is essential. However, you may want to pass on the water on the plane. Studies have shown that tanks that hold water on airplanes are rarely cleaned. Ugh no thank you. Bring your own bottle instead and fill it up before boarding. A foldable water bottle is brilliant as it takes up almost no space when you don’t need it.
My future mother-in-law suffered swollen feet on long haul flights for years before discovering compression socks. These magical socks put pressure on your lower legs to help blood flow, preventing discomfort and swelling from sitting too long.
Suffer from nausea or motion sickness? A mini bottle of essential oil could be your life saver. Lavender is my favorite. Its soothing scent is great for relieving stress and inducing sleep. Other scents like peppermint and chamomile are great too.
If flying is really a synonym for death in your books, consider taking a medicine like gravol. It will help prevent nausea and the verge to vomit when the ride gets turbulent.
Trail mix pack
I’m a notorious snacker so a bag of trail mix is perfect. I love enjoying some munchies while checking out the inflight movies. Bringing your own snacks is also a good plan B for when the plane meals are worst than you expected. (Isn’t that always?)
Kar’s Sweet ‘N Salty Trail Mix Pack Peanuts, Sunflower Kernels, Chocolate, Raisins $14.68
Maybe a first world problem but I consider my phone dying on the plane one of the worst things that can happen. Not only do I have to fall into dreadful boredom, how will I get in contact with the world again once the plane touches down? Don’t let this happen to you. Bring a spare portable battery!
Passport organizer kit
If you are like me, you hate the scramble when it comes time to fill out the custom sheet on the plane. Did I forget a pen again? It’s time to step up your organization game. This mini kit holds your passport, boarding passes and other relevant items. Bam! 0 fumbling in the bag needed.
Travel Essentials for Long Haul Flights Summing up
More comfortable sleep? Check. Better hygiene? Check. Having more fun? Check. Let me know what you think about these travel essentials for long haul flights and what products you can’t live without when you have to be on a plane!
Have a nice flight!
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