The Best Travel Accessories for Long Flights In 2019

By Alice Ross | GEAR & ACCESSORIES

Jan 29

In terms of finding the best collections of travel accessories for those who travel frequently, every set may serve a different purpose for different people as no two travelers are the same. With many useful items you can take with you on your flight to make it comfortable, there are ones that are just considered “must haves”. Here, I list some of the best travel accessories for long flights you may want to have on your long-haul trips.

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Best Travel Accessories for Long Flights

Earphones

wearing headphones

Every frequent flyer knows the benefits of having earphones when they are on the road, or in this case, on the air. So, whether you are listening to your favorite music, audiobook, or podcast, having a good pair of headphones with you is going to be a game changer. You can go for earphones that are wireless of earpods that are smaller and can fit in your pocket.

Travel Pillow

travel pillows

You’ll regret not bringing one of these on your long-haul flight. Anyone who takes long airplane rides is definitely aware of the benefit of using a comfortable travel pillow during the flight. Many travelers just don’t understand the comfort of simply having a simple pillow on their trip. 

In order to minimize discomfort sitting for many hours on the economy seat, bring a portable, but comfortable travel pillow with you. They come in different shapes, but the most common is the U-shape. If you’re worried about carrying one, thinking that it’s another extra baggage to take with you, you can consider buying an inflatable one.

Compression Socks

Another thing overlooked by many long-haul travelers is the comfort provided by compression socks. These compression socks are good in relieving twitchy, achy legs and help manage Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT, which is connected to long periods of inactivity. Wear these on before your flight in order to keep your legs feeling fresh.

quality sock

Blanket

Some airlines are just too big to be kept warm for passengers to have a good night’s sleep. Most of the time, even if you’re flying Business Class, blankets given by the airlines never seem to be enough to provide you with sufficient warm to give you a comfortable sleep. So, make sure to pack a lightweight blanket that will keep you cozy during the flight.

Earplugs

Baby cry in the back row? People talking too loud? You can block unbearable noises using a good pair of earplugs. But did you know that there is another purpose of using earplugs on a plane? You can also use it to manage pressure. You know how unpleasant it can be when you feel pressure on your ears as the plane takes off and lands. Earplugs are useful to regulate the pressure on the eardrum and avoid pain while in the air.

Reading Materials

reading books

Many people hate long-haul flight because they think it’s boring – but it doesn’t have to be. One of the best forms of entertainment you can have is reading a book. Don’t like lugging around a heavy book with you? Fortunately, you live in the 21st century where you can use an e-reader, tablet pc, and even a smartphone to read a book! Make sure to download some books before your flights to make sure you’ll have something to use to kill some time.

Key Toiletries

You are probably going to embark from the plane after long hours of flight, and you’re likely to feel disgusting and itchy even. Having some of your key toiletries handy can really be a game changer as it can make you feel freshen up and presentable. Make sure to put your stuff in a travel-size bottle to make sure that you can take them in your hand-carry.

Collapsible water bottle

water bottle

In order to keep yourself hydrated on a long flight, put a collapsible water bottle with you in your carry-on bag. While you can take any water bottle you want, a collapsible water bottle can save a lot of space in your carry on.

Melatonin

It’s not always easy to fall asleep on a plane, so popping melatonin might be a good idea. Don’t worry, these wouldn’t knock you off and make you fall asleep for days. Melatonin is a hormone that regulates wakefulness making it easier for you to fall asleep. You can also get this over the counter, so there’s no excuse for you not to have it.

Backup battery charger

power bank

If you’ll be on air for hours, then you will definitely need a backup battery charge your electronics – while some aircraft have charging ports on their seat, this is not the case for some. When choosing a model, make sure to bring a slim one and something that will qualify for airline’s guidelines. The usual restrictions as per the Federal Aviation Administration are for lithium-ion batteries rated no more than 100-watt-hours (Wh) per battery.

Now that you know the best travel accessories for long flights, let me also give you some tips that will make your trip safer and less stressful.

Useful Tips for More Comfortable Long Flights

If you are a frequent traveler, you probably know the discomforts you can experience during the trip. So, to help you further, here are some more tips you can consider to deal with some of the discomforts you may encounter throughout your trip.

Anxiety

anxiety

If you feel anxious about flying, then you may consult a doctor and ask him if he can prescribe you a mild sedative or something that is more natural that will help you calm down. This just takes about 30 minutes to take effect. Another effective thing that may calm you down is music. Music is extremely amazing for anxiety and stress. Listen to songs that you like, more preferably ones that are more upbeat.

Motion Sickness

One of the most disturbing things you can experience is motion sickness. Nausea, vomiting, and dizziness are the last thing you want to experience while on the plane. In order to prevent this, there are some things you can do. First is to eat nutritious food that is low in fat and sodium. Don't eat right away before flying, but it doesn’t mean you have to fly on an empty stomach. Staying hydrated is also a good idea.

Air Pressure

gum

Another thing many passengers find very uncomfortable is air pressure. The most common solution for this is chewing a gum. This definitely works for many people. And for little children, nursing or sucking a pacifier would be a good alternative. This would be a good idea because young kids may not know how to express the feelings of having air pressure.

Bloating

Bloating is another problem many encounters when they are traveling on a plane. This is common for those who are flying for long hours. Your ankles may swell and your shoes may get a little tighter. You might not feel revitalized, after taking a little nap. In order to prevent this from taking place, you have to keep yourself hydrated throughout the flight. Again, bring a bottle of water with you, preferably, a collapsible one. As much as possible, try to avoid eating salty food as well and just stick to healthier ones like fruits and vegetables. Avoiding alcohol and caffeine will also benefit you.

Body Aches

airplane sleep

Body and muscle discomfort is another common occurrence. As per usual, you have to get up and stretch frequently. Always have some pain relievers ready, for just in case situations. Pack some over-the-counter heat pack if you can’t sit for hours and hours. Make sure to not put ice and heat on your back for over 10 to 15-minute intervals. But then again, you must ask your doctor for suggestions, especially if you have had a history of back pain.

As you can see, following the tips above and packing the best travel accessories or long flight would save you from a lot of trouble. I hope this article has been helpful for your next trip. If you have other questions related to this topic, don’t hesitate to let me know in the comment below. If you have a friend who would think this article is helpful, make sure to share this with them! Have a safe, comfortable flight!

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    About the Author

    Hi, I’m Alice Ross, a long-term traveler who left the corporate world to travel the world. I chose to live life on my own phase and live day by day while immersing myself in new experiences, new knowledge, and new people in a different walk of life I met along the way.

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