What you have packed in your carry-on bag can often make or break how your plane ride is going to go. While the flight attendants likely have you covered with snacks and drinks, a bag full of other essentials can ensure that your flight experience is much more pleasant.
From gadgets to make sure you’re entertained from gate-to-gate to items to ensure you arrive feeling well-rested and healthy, here are a few essentials to take along on that next big adventure.
S’well Water Bottle
Airplanes are notorious for dehydrating passengers. Don’t rely on the flight attendant to keep your water cup full. Instead, bring a refillable water bottle like this super-durable stainless steel version from S’well, just remember to bring it empty and fill it once you’ve made it through that TSA checkpoint. Beyond being good for keeping you hydrated, the bottles are also great for the environment, since you’ll be using them over and over again.
Bose Quiet Comfort 35 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones
On a crowded flight, your noise-canceling headphones can be your best friend. Bose Quiet Comfort 35headphones offer noise cancellation that can block out even the loudest newborn (or adult baby), plus a battery life of up to 20 hours, so you can enjoy that silence all the way to your destination. Once you do land, the headphones fold up and fit in an included hard-sided case ready to be thrown in your bag.
Ostrich GO Pillow
Ostrich made headlines a few years back for its napping pillow you can put your whole face in. While that might not exactly be reasonable for a plane, Ostrich’s GO memory foam neck pillow might be a literal dream come true. This avant-garde neck pillow offers a stylish look as well as a comfortable place to lay your head while you fly that isn’t the shoulder of the person sitting next to you.
Mophie Powerstation AC
If you’re on a long-haul flight, then a good backup battery is an absolute necessary. The Mophie Powerstation AC is a massive 24,000 mAh battery, capable of providing 85 hours of additional power for smartphones and 20 hours of additional power for tablets, ensuring your device will stay powered up from gate to gate no matter how long your flight is. Even better, the Powerstation AC has a 100W/110V AC output that can be used to power your computer as well.
The person who sat in that seat before you might have had the flu, or maybe they used the tray as a changing table for their baby. Don’t leave things up to chance. Instead, kill those potential germs by wiping down your armrests and tray table when you sit down with a disinfecting wipe. Disinfecting wipescan also come in handy mid-flight when you want to wash your hands before or after that in-flight meal and want to skip the bathroom line.
Belkin Mini Surge Protector
Inevitably, the one time you need to charge your phone or computer at the gate will also be when you arrive to discover every outlet is already in use. A mini-surge protector can work as the perfect bargaining chip to get someone to share their outlet. This portable surge protector by Belkin also includes two USB ports, giving you the ability to charge five devices from that single plug.
A small tablet like the iPad mini can quickly become your best friend on a long-haul flight. Before you fly, load it up with downloaded Netflix movies, offline games and books for the Kindle app. While you’re in the air, you can use that library of downloaded content to keep you entertained if your flight doesn’t have in-seat entertainment or you’ve already seen the best selections. Since you’re watching on your own device, you’ll also be able to finish that movie once you land.
Comfortiviva Compression Socks
If you’re buckling up for a longer flight, a good pair of compression socks is a vital asset. Compression socks can help prevent your feet from falling asleep or swelling during flight and reduce your risk of developing blood clots (that’s a real risk on long-haul flights). Comfortiva compression socks are comfortable to wear and have a compression level of 12-14mmHg. The affordable socks also come in fun designs rather than just the standard black option you’ll get from most other brands.