Long flights are anything but enjoyable, but going on a long flight doesn’t have to be all that bad, as long as you go prepared.
Some people go over-prepared for a long flight, while others don’t go prepared at all. Here is what you need to survive a long trip, without taking up too much space in your carry-on:
This might seem like a given, but many people forget to bring headphones on a flight. If you have wireless headphones, make sure you bring a pair that can plug into the TV screens on the back of the seats.
Most long flights will provide food, but just in case hunger strikes and you don’t want to splurge on the overpriced airplane snacks, pack a few portable snacks in your bag.
Small Toiletry Bag
Just in case you need to freshen up mid-flight or during a layover, pack a mini toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, makeup remover, and gum or mints.
If you’re going on a long flight and planning on listening to music, odds are your phone is going to die. Pack a phone charger so you can charge your phone before and during the flight!
Eye masks make a world of difference on long flights. Although they often dim the lights on long flights, an eye mask will help you sleep for longer.
Sometimes they provide a pillow on long flights, but bringing a neck pillow will allow you that extra comfort and reassurance to help you fall asleep.
If you’re not wearing socks when you board the plane – bring a pair! Planes get cold and keeping your feet warm with a pair of socks will help you be comfortable.
Even if you’re going to a warm place from another hot spot, bring a sweatshirt! Planes are notorious for getting cold, and there’s not much worse than freezing on a long flight.
Many airlines are getting rid of their televisions, so be prepared to bring your iPad or headphones for your phone to watch free in-flight TV and movies. Or, a book or a crossword puzzle might be a nice break from modern technology.