Marcella Suarez / September 26, 2016

As a lot of you may know, long flights can be interesting and very uncomfortable as well. You feel tired, jetlagged and most of all, dirty. With these 10 essential things, hopping on a plane for a long flight would not seem as exhausting.

1. Mini toothbrush/toothpaste kit

Not washing your teeth for hours and hours, can feel really uncomfortable. Having a small kit with a small toothbrush and toothpaste will make your flight so much easier. Washing your teeth before you sleep on the flight and before getting off will make you feel more fresh!

2. Eyemasl

This one is more for people who hate sleeping with any kind of light on. Personally, I don’t mind sleeping with some light here and there, and it honestly freaks me out opening my eyes and not seeing anything. But some people swear by them when going on long flights, and it is better to always be prepared.

3. Headphones

Most flights do provide you with headphones, but there is nothing better than bringing your own. From experience, the headphones they provide are really uncomfortable. I always bring my own and have them for hours on without bothering me.

4. Good music playlist

A lot of airlines do provide you with a long list of music. However, having a good playlist on either your iPhone or iPod is so essential. It makes the flight pass quicker and it makes you relax a bit more.

5. Travel pillow

This is one of the best things you can bring on a long flight, especially if you need to wait in airports for hours.Even on the plane, is one of the best options to bring. There are different types of travel pillows and it really depends which type you prefer. The best ones that I recommend are the Daydreamer neck Pillow which you can find on Amazon, and the Trtl Pillow, also found on Amazon. They are both a little pricey, but so worth it.

6. Comfy socks

No matter what shoes you wear for traveling, when you get to the plane and you know you have to be there for hours. You will want to take your shoes off and make yourself comfortable. A lot of people fly with sandals or even tennis shoes with socks. But nothing beats those thick winter socks for a long flight. Make sure to pack a pair in your carry-on.

7. A good book/magazines

Like good music on long flights, a good book is also a must! A lot of people have kindles, others still prefer print books others like magazines. Whatever you like best, just remember to bring them with you next time you take a plane! Staring at a screen for hours and hours on end can give you a headache.

8. A journal to write on

Personally this one is a must for me. I don’t know if its being miles away from everyone or what, but I get inspired a lot during flights. If you are like me and love to write, don’t forget to bring a journal to write on. You will be surprised how good you feel just writing down your thoughts, poems… etc.

9. A nice comfy sweater or jacket

A lot of people forget this since they figured they will be provided with a blanket. That is true, long flights often provide you with a blanket. There are some airlines that will charge for this. But it is always better to bring something that will keep you warm because being cold on a long flight is torture!

10. An extra set of clothes

Having the airline lose your baggage is more common than you think. Usually they will deliver it to you a few days after, but it is always better to have an extra pair of clothes in your carry-on just in case! Even if the airline doesn’t lose your baggage, after a long flight it is always good to put some clean clothes on!

About the author

Marcella Suarez

Hi! My name is Marcella Suarez. I love to see new places and experience different cultures. I have traveled the United States, Central America, Asia, Europe, and Africa. Currently living in Australia. My native tongue is Spanish, but I am also fluent in English and Mandarin. This website was created to share my travel tips and experience with other travelers around the world!

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