10 Essentials for Long Flights

top 10 essentials for long flights

My husband and I are jetting off to Thailand on Thursday.  In my true OCD nature, I’ve already begun to pack.

We have a brutal travel schedule ahead – a 14-hour flight to Tokyo, followed by a 7-hour flight to Bangkok.

Surviving 20+ hours of travel requires a few aides.  Like these.  (Booze & Ambien not shown – nor recommended, if you can avoid them!)

1. Noise-canceling headphones drown out crying babies & loud passengers.  These also can be charged via USB, have tangle-resistant cords, and come with their own carrying case. You can never beat Bose, though.
2. A luxurious travel blanket and eyemask gives your economy seat a touch of first class. (I also love this eyemask and cashmere travel wrap)  Tip – unless it comes packaged in plastic, do not use the airline-provided blankets.  They are the biggest germ-spreaders.
3. A DKNY Cozy upgrades the style quotient of the most simple of travel outfits, and keeps you blissfully comfortable even in hour 10 of a flight. This Cuyana cape is also a great option and incredibly warm.
4. Block light and prevent smushed eyelashes with this raised eye mask.
5. Catch up on all the books you meant to read this year in this Kindle – perfect when the movie selections are less than stellar.  Tip – click here for book recommendations.
6. The best neck pillow.  Ever.
7. Spritz this spray on your face and neck, early and often, to keep your skin hydrated and happy.
8. Keep swollen ankles at bay with compression socks – a cheery argyle pair, that is.
9. Prevent dead batteries with this lifesaving gadget.  Frankly, it should be a permanent fixture in every work bag and purse.
10. Airplane food has nothing on these delicious snacks.  Tip – eat a hearty meal at the airport, and bring a bottle of water.  No caffeine or booze while traveling.  In-flight hangovers are exponentially worse than those at sea level.

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Anti-bacterial towelettes to wipe down your bag and laptop (after security) and arm rest/tray table.  A heavy-duty bag to carry all the essentials.  A travel wallet, filled with confirmation printouts and local currency.  These mini-toothbrushes are a lifesaver.

What do you pack for painfully long flights?  Please share in the comments – I’d love to know!

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, hand cream and lipbalm – these flights are shockingly drying!

  • Nina Tekwani

    Just purchased number nine… and have my eyes on the O.M.G bag as well. Oh, and the gold travel wallet. How can I pass these up? Love all of the hot travel items you share. Safe travels to Thailand!

  • Theresa

    Just discovered this website today!!! Now I’m spending hours reading up. Have a safe trip to Thailand! :)

  • Great tips. I always make sure make sure I wear comfortable clothes, including a hooded jumper that doubles as a noise blocker.

  • Elizabeth

    Great tips! I travel frequently and pack almost the same stuff as you. That bag is fantastic! It’s just what I’ve been looking for. I also pack a cozy scarf and a definite must for me is a menthol inhaler. Smells really bother me and you never know what’s going to happen on the plane. We’ve sat near stinky bathrooms, kids with dirty diapers, etc, and this solves that problem. I usually feel suffocated by neck pillows, but I see that yours is memory foam. Do you think it is less bulky than other travel pillows like it? Thanks and safe travels!

    • Elizabeth,

      What a great tip with the menthol inhaler! I carry a rollerball of my favorite perfume and will apply it on my chestbone to smell my preferred scent over smelly aircrafts.

      This memory foam pillow squishes up perfectly for travel. I stuff mine into a Stephanie Johnson pouch to keep it clean. It’s also the most comfortable travel pillow I’ve ever used!

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  • Jessica

    great tips but you cant bring a spray bottle on a plane because it can explode from the altitude

    • hithaonthego

      Jessica – thank you for your comment. In my many years of traveling, I’ve never had a problem with traveling with spray bottles – will have to look into this further.

  • Wendy

    Tried most of the links and they don’t bring up the product pages. Could you list out the names of these products?

    • hithaonthego

      The links have been updated. If there’s a specific item you’re curious about, please let me know!

      • Lorin

        What brand is the neck pillow? The link didn’t work for me, not sure if it’s because I’m on an iPad…but I leave for China next week and want to make sure I have this ‘must have’ item in time!

  • Latha Sarathy

    I would suggest a couple of containers of coconut water. I like Zico. On a recent flight to LA, I found this so refreshing. And the slight sweetness covers my craving for snacks.

  • Nadia

    Face mosturizer, floral water spray, roll-on deodorant, almond as a snack and a lot of water

  • betsy

    Love it! I include makeup wipes(to get off all makeup once the flight starts),fave face moisturizer, and a Nalgene to fill up with h20 in the airport preflight.

  • gcc

    I know I am late to the game but: tooth brush, toothpaste, gold bond powder, lotion, lip gloss, deodorant, eye mask, neck pillow, noise cancelling headphones, compression socks, change of clean socks and panties, a thin knit jacket that kind of folds up small and doesnt wrinkle, and I have a travel blanket that I sometimes bring if it’s a really long flight.

  • Jessa

    Hey Hitha, what headphones are they? x

  • sarah

    It says the bag is no longer available. Do you have an updated version?

  • cpl100

    These are great tips but a lot of the links are not working.

    • hithaonthego

      Thanks for letting me know! It’s an older post, so I’ll be sure to update them by tomorrow.

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  • jane

    what do u do ant medication do u have to have prescription bottkes

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  • Viktorija Panfilova

    Thanks, these tips were definitely handy for my flight to Cuba last month. I thought that your tips are useful, so I referenced your blog on my website :)

  • Rosemary David

    If you travel frequently, bring only clothes and things that you need. Do not pack too much clothes as if you’re staying there for a year. Just pack only things that you need and that you know is important when you travel.

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