Long flights and crowded planes can cause stress for even the most experienced travelers. Whether you’re heading out for a short business trip or a long vacation, being prepared with a few travel essentials can help make your next airline adventure more enjoyable. Want a more comfortable flight? Check out these seven tips to put comfort back into your air travel.
1. Get Cozy
If you plan to sleep, bring a travel pillow and avoid using the inflatable ones or pillows provided by the airline.
2. Bring your own Blanket
Steer clear of airline blankets and pillows which may not be clean. Instead, bring your own blanket, as well as disinfecting wipes for cleaning tray tables and armrests.
3. Pack Healthy Snacks
With fewer airlines serving meals these days, it’s always a good idea to have healthy snacks on hand. Be prepared with a few of your favorite snacks that you can tuck into your purse or bag.
4. Gather your in-flight Necessities
Rather than spend time digging through your bag for a book or snack (while bumping elbows with your seatmate), try packing small must-have items in a resealable gallon-size bag. Simply toss it onto your seat while you stow away your carry-on bag.
5. Enjoy a Little Peace and Quiet
If you’re sensitive to airplane noise, consider packing a pair of noise-canceling headphones.
6. Catch up on Reading
Use your flight time to catch up on reading. Pack a book you’ve been dying to read, the latest magazine, or load up your tablet device, and enjoy a little pleasure reading.
7. Maximize Your Workspace
If you’re trying to get work done, your airline tray table works as laptop desk and that’s about it. There’s certainly no room for a beverage. Rather than risk spilling on expensive equipment, bring along the OH Cup Holder. It quickly and easily attaches to the airline armrest, freeing up space while keeping your drink within reach.
For more travel tips, check out these recommendations from travel insiders at Real Simple.