Packing Tips

Carry On Essentials for Long Plane Rides

By on October 23, 2015

A longer plane ride, whether across the country or international, is not everyone’s favorite part of travel. The flying process is taxing on the body. Longer flights can cause dehydration and have a negative impact on the immune system. Whether you are taking advantage of entertainment, working or reading, at some point we all have to take the time to relax and rest on long haul flights. To make things easy, I pack a little pouch of amenities to make long plane rides manageable and relaxing. I usually keep these amenities easily accessible and within reach so I’m not bothered (or bothering others) reaching for them mid-flight. Here are some carry on essential amenities to have within reach.

Eye Mask
For me, this is key to ensure I get proper rest. I like the kind that completely block out all light but still allow me to blink my eyes.
Eye Drops
It’s no secret that airplanes are dry places. In addition to hydrating properly with water, I like eye drops to keep my eyes from getting dry and itchy.
Toilet Seat Covers
No matter which class you fly, the lavatory on the plane is a petri dish of germs. Extra toilet seat covers come in handy when flying the friendly skies.
I have never purchased earbuds from the airlines because I bring my own. Some airlines and classes may provide you with over ear headphones but that is an added bonus. Light weight, noise reducing earbuds can help you tune out Chatty Cathy, screaming babies or help you enjoy your own music or entertainment.
USB Chord
The struggle to keep devices charged is real. After draining power at the airport, charge them on the plane. Most longer flight come with the ability to charge your device. A USB chord allows you to charge your device either thru the in flight entertainment system, your laptop or an external battery pack.
Flying is not only rough on the body but airplanes and airports are public places full of germs. I like to boost my immune system before I leave and on the plane. A sick traveler wastes hundreds of dollars per day when sick on the road.
Toothbrush Kit
This is critical for overnight flights or flights with many meals. Even when traveling across the country and heading to a meeting, a toothbrush (with toothpaste) is a great item to have on board or in a carry on.
Pain Relief
I would hate to fly with a headache so I always have these on hand.
Helps keeps lips moist and avoids dryness.
Olbas Herbal Inhaler
Made with essential oils and herbs, Olbas vapors provide a pleasant, refreshing, and cooling sensation to your nasal passages. Fast-acting vapors provide an immediate, fresh, clean feeling in the nose, sinuses and lungs. This helps fight dehydration and will wake up any drowsy traveler quickly.
International flights often require customs forms. A pen is handy to fill out forms before landing. This will help save time.
Sanitizer Wipes
Sanitizing your area of the plane will help you stay healthy on the road. As hard working as the airline staff is, they don’t have time to sanitize every seat. Remember, on busy turn around flights, you will never know if the person who sat in your seat had a cold or flu.

All this fits into an Eagle Creek Pack-it Specter Quarter Cube.

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1 Comment
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    Carole Dean

    November 16, 2015

    Fantastic! I am going to fly to Europe next week . I desperately need your tips! Thank you for sharing them. They are really useful. I will make a list and use them. Best regards!

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Angel Castellanos
Pasadena, CA

I'm a US based travel expert and spend my time teaching people how to travel well, smart and often. I'm passionate about travel and helping people save time & money. This blog, or travel lounge, is a collection of my practical travel advice and experiences from traveling 8-10 weeks internationally each year. I believe that travel has never been easier and that everyone can achieve their travel dreams. Happy Travels!


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