My Top 5 Necessities For Flying

At this point, I probably could not even count the amount of times that I’ve been on a plane. My flight durations have ranged from 45 minutes to 16 hours; yet, no matter the length, I still make sure I bring a few key items with me to ensure a comfortable ride.

Here are my top five necessities for both short and long-haul flights: 

#1 Headphones

Earphones (bonus if they are noise cancelling) are essential. Crying babies and talkative neighbors make it nearly impossible to relax. Enjoy the in-flight entertainment or jam out to some music with your favorite pair. I personally prefer in-ear headphones when trying to sleep with a neck pillow.

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#2 Portable Charger

What’s the use of your earphones if your iPhone loses it’s juice? I learned this the hard way. I assumed my 5 hour flight would have an in-seat USB port and personal tv screen, so I did not bother to charge my phone at the gate. It died 20 minutes into the flight and I was left no electronic entertainment... a rough feat to conquer these days. 

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#3 Reusable Water Bottle

Though you are not allowed to bring a bottle full of water through airport security, you may bring an empty bottle. Fill it up after you go through the check-points, drink at least one bottle, and then fill it up again before boarding; the little cups of water that the flight attendants hand out are not enough to combat the dehydration that occurs mid-flight. Your body and skin, in particular, will thank you for staying hydrated. 

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#4 Scarf or Sweater

Bring something to stay warm. I prefer a cozy sweater or a large scarf. Even if you came from a warm place or are landing in one, planes tend to be chilly. The scrawny blankets (that they rarely hand out) are just not sufficient & shivering on a flight is the worst.

#5 Inflatable Neck Pillow

Last month I flew without a neck pillow for the first time and I was restless. Now I always triple check to ensure that I packed one, even if it’s a short flight. They make the journey so much more comfortable. Even if I do not use it around my neck, I’ll use it as a support for my back or arms.

Pro tip - Buy an inflatable travel pillow. They offer the same support as traditional neck pillows, but are much less bulky.

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What are your favorite items to bring on a flight?