Air travel can be a stressful and uncomfortable experience, but it doesn’t have to be. The right air travel comfort items can make all the difference.
These air travel comfort items are essential for long flights or a red-eye flight (overnight flight). Whether you are a seasoned traveler or taking your first flight, you will find this list helpful.
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19 Best Air Travel Comfort Items
These long flight essentials will help you have a more pleasant and comfortable flight as well as help you relax and sleep so you can arrive rested and ready to explore.
1. Travel pillow
A good travel pillow is a must for a long-haul flight. There are a few different styles available.
The Trtl travel pillow, which is more of a neck wrap support than an actual pillow.
2. Airplane phone holder
A phone holder that attaches to the tray table is one of the best travel accessories. Especially with some airlines offering inflight entertainment only through your own electronic device.
3. Fuzzy socks
4. Noise-canceling headphones
Noise canceling headphones are a great idea for any long trip, whether it is road trips or long flights. Eliminate the mumble of your fellow passengers and the constant engine noise so you can enjoy your movie, podcast, or your own thoughts.
There are a couple of different styles available. Over the ear and in the ear.
5. Nice smelling lotion
A nice smelling lotion is something you might not have expected to see as one of the air travel comfort items. Not only will a lotion help keep your skin moisturized on a long flight with dry air, but can help you feel a little more put together after a long day of traveling.
6. Toothbrush and travel sized toothpaste
Nothing can make you feel more refreshed than simply brushing your teeth. Pack a toothbrush and travel sized toothpaste (must be travel sized – see above) so that you can brush your teeth before landing, or in the airport bathroom.
7. Power bank
8. Reusable water bottle
Make sure to wait until after you are through airport security to fill you water bottle though or you will have to dump it out.
9. Ear plugs
10. Eye mask
More great air travel comfort items
11. Air tag
While an air tag luggage tracker won’t provide additional physical comfort on your travel days, it does help provide peace of mind knowing you can track your luggage.
13. Lip balm
Lip balm is another air travel carry-on essential to help with the dry air on a plane.
Bring your own snacks for flights. Bring your own healthy snacks so you can eat when you want to and not have to wait for the flight attendant to come around.
If you are flying internationally be sure to check the rules regarding what food can be brought into another country. Often fresh fruit, vegetables and meat are prohibited. Check this out before travelling. Things like protein bars are often allowed and make good options for travel snacks.
15. A good book
A good book can help you relax and enjoy your travel time.
16. Comfortable clothes
Wearing comfortable clothes on a long flight is key to being comfortable. Loose fitting clothes and comfortable shoes make all the difference. It is also a good idea to wear a zip up hoodie or cardigan over your shirt, that way if you are hot your can easily remove a layer.
Mints can help with dry mouth and will help keep your breath fresh. There is nothing worse than sitting in close quarters with others and realizing your breath may not be the freshest.
18. Download movies
Watching a good movie can help time pass both during the flight and during long layovers. Download movies on your phone or tablet before leaving home. Don’t forget your headphones and phone charging cord.
19. A pair of compression socks
Travel tip – to help you stay healthy when traveling you may also want to pack a few antibacterial wipes in your carry-on. It is one of those small things that can make a huge difference. After boarding the plane, one of the first things you may want to do is to wipe down the armrests, tray table, and seat belt. The last thing you want to do is get sick on vacation.
Before storing your personal item or carry on in the overhead bin, be sure you have your air travel comfort items with you in your seat. It can be difficult to access your luggage once the flight has departed, especially if you are in the window or middle seat and your aisle seat mate is asleep.
I would also suggest keeping the important things like your travel documents and passport on your person at all times rather than stored overhead.
Consider adding some or all of these air travel comfort items to your packing list for a more enjoyable travel experience. These travel essentials will help you survive a long flight.