Vacations should be all about having fun at your destination, not being worn out and crabby from your flight. While you can’t avoid flying, there are ways you can help feel more comfortable on the plane. Here are 5 travel essentials that will help you feeling relaxed, refreshed, and ready for the adventures that await you.
1) Noise Cancelling Headphones
Do you like the sound of crying babies? Didn’t think so. Noise cancelling headphones not only help you listen to your music or movie audio better, but you can keep them on while you are trying to sleep. This is especially helpful for light sleepers, who wake up at the littlest of sounds. It also reduces the amount of stress you might go through, particularly if your plane happens to have a lot of loud people. Being annoyed for a few minutes is one thing, but for more than a few hours? You’d be more drained than when you went on the plane.
Watched the same movie five times? Why not take the time on your flight to either get work done, or find ways to relax? A tablet can store movie and music files, or even books you’ve been meaning to read, but didn’t have time to before. Plug in your noise cancelling headphones, listen to some tunes, and away you go.
3) Peptol Bismol (Or Any Other Kind of Antacid)
Time to time, what we eat might not agree with us. As much as airplane food has improved, there may be times when you might not enjoy what you eat, or it disagrees with your stomach. Having that much needed medication will help you, and prevent you from squirming in your seat, ready to jump at a moment’s notice when you can finally leave the plane.
Other medication you might want to consider is headache medicine, in case you forgot your noise cancelling headphones, and crying babies really drive you nuts. Also, sleeping pills might not be a be a bad idea if you really want to sleep on the plane, and need a little help doing so.
Feeling hungry can be the worst feeling in the world if you know you need to wait more than a few hours before your next meal. Packing snacks can be the perfect solution to help keep your belly full until you get off the plane. Packing your own food might even come in handy if you hate the in-flight meal options, or you’re experience a flight delay and don’t have local currency at your connecting flight.
5) Thick Socks
Most travelers like to take off their shoes when they’re on a flight. If you like to walk around the plane, you’d want something comfortable to walk around in without needing to put your shoes back on. Thick shoes can act like slippers. Having thick socks on can also help you keep your feet toasty warm, since it can get quite chilly on airplanes.