My name is Erik, and I am Cassie’s older brother. She’s letting me take over her blog today while I talk to you about my list of must-have travel essentials to take on an airplane. You see, I’ve been on over 150 flights so far this year. And when you do that kind of traveling, it’s important to have your favorite products with you. Here are my favorite travel essentials.
I know, I know. I used to laugh at the travelers who walked around with a travel pillow around their neck. And while I’m not one to walk with mine on as I travel throughout the airport, I’ll break that bad boy out just as soon as I am in my airplane seat. A travel neck pillow is a great way to support your neck on those long flights where you just can’t seem to get comfortable. With one of these, you’ll be asleep in no time.
Even though they clean the planes between flights, I always feel germy after traveling. I never board a plane without a pocket-sized bottle of hand sanitizer. Additionally, it can get pretty dry in an airplane for long periods of time, so I recommend bringing some chapstick, too.
Stock a small kit full of necessities like band-aids, aspirin, and other essential medicines. You never know when you aren’t going to feel well. And oftentimes, an airplane flight is the worst time for a bout of sickness. I know from experience, and I will never board a plane without a first aid kit.
You can find these on long, domestic flights, but I like to curl up with one of my own travel blankets on a particularly long flight. Airplanes are always chilly, and if you are hoping to catch any shut-eye at all, it’s better to be comfortable (and completely warm!)
The headphones they provide on airplanes are terrible and usually aren’t high-quality enough to last longer than a few uses. Plus, a lot of them just end up back in our landfills. Help save the Earth (and listen to a movie on your flight) by bringing a pair of your own noise-canceling headphones. I swear by this brand. They’ve been with me since I began traveling for work!
Especially if the location in which you are landing has weather that is different from where you just took off from. It’s terrible to go from a snowy location to a totally tropical one without anything more than the clothes you are wearing. Bring a change of clothes on the flight if necessary, or dress in layers so that you can remove a few pieces once you have gotten off of your plane.