We’ve all been there… sandwiched between two people on a 10-hour flight, battling a stomach ache from too many bags of peanuts, and doing everything in our power to nod off. Let’s face it, plane travel isn’t quite as glamorous as it used to be, and getting through a long flight can make you dread traveling before you’ve even hit your destination. Luckily (or unluckily) for me, my job doesn’t require too much travel, but when it has, it’s not usually an experience I revel in.
It wasn’t until a job last spring that took me to New Orleans (with a much more experienced traveler) that I realized there is a whole approach to traveling that I’d been completely missing. From eye masks to soundtracks, pre-made snacks to bottles of water, scented sprays to sleep aids, there are a handful of components that go into making plane travel comfortable, and help you feel like you’re not quite as far from home while doing it.
After returning from the aforementioned trip, I made a point to jot down all of the necessities that saved me while on the road, and stashed them into a bag to for my next impromptu journey. Below are ten of my go-to essentials, along with how and when I use them on the road. Is there anything in particular that you can’t leave home without? Feel free to chime in on the comments below.
1. Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lavender Hand Sanitizing Spray: After making my way from a taxi to the departure gate, this spray is my go-to. Once I’m settled into my seat, I spritz a little into my palm and breathe in. Aside from sanitizing, this spray’s lavender scent also does wonders for relaxation.
2. Tide To-Go Pen: Without fail, I always end up spilling something on myself between leaving the house and arriving at my destination. This classic is a favorite for removing quick stains and making myself presentable in a scramble.
3. Sans Ceuticals Lip Aid: My lips tend to get extra chapped during plane travel, and this velvety treatment is designed to target dehydrated lips. I always keep it stashed in an easy-to-grab pouch in my purse.
4. Traditional Medicinals Ginger Aid Tea: I tend to veer on the sensitive side when it comes to my digestion, so traveling tends to throw things completely out of whack. Instead of relying on any digestive aids, I stash a few packets of ginger tea into my bag for a quick remedy.
5. Samsung Level Headphones: No flight is complete without a comfortable pair of headphones for music listening or movie watching. The in-ear buds tend to hurt after an hour or so, but these headphones sit comfortably on my head for the duration of any long flight.
6. Rainbow Light Advanced Enzyme System: A friend introduced these capsules to me while traveling through a particularly food-focused part of the country. Instead of missing out on the things I would usually have to pass on, I was able to indulge a bit without compromising the comfort of my stomach. Stash these away for a special occasion meal out.
7. Mophie Juice Pack Air: There’s nothing worse than landing in your destination and finding your phone is at 3%. It’s happened to me more than once, which lead me to this purchase. I only use it while traveling, and once you switch it on, it can last you from day to night.
8. Kiehl’s In-Flight Refreshing Facial Mist: I always thought the idea of facial mist seemed a little silly until I tried a few sprays of this one. The perfect pick-me-up when you’re getting ready to deboard.
9. La Garçonne Moderne Artisan Alpaca Shawl: You never know what the in-flight temperature is going to be, so I always make a point of packing a lightweight scarf or shawl. I love this one for it’s warmth and length, making it equally useful as a scarf, shawl, or face cover when you want to doze off.
10. Muji Hard Case Trolly: Finding a reliable suitcase can be a challenging task, but since I switched to this one, I’ve become a believer. Its hard case stands up to the wear and tear of frequent travel, and its 360 degree wheels make navigating through the terminal a breeze.