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9 Must Haves for Any Flight

Have you boarded a flight just to realize you forgot to pack much needed supplies, then this list is for you!

Neck Pillow

Neck pillows are a must have for any flight but especially flights of 5 hours or more. It helps you get some much-needed sleep on the plane without hurting your neck. There is nothing worse than waking up with neck pain after sleeping badly.

Ear Plugs or Noise-Cancelling Headphones

With all the noise that will surround you on your flight, being able to reduce the noise so that you can sleep or read better is amazing. Ear plugs are small and easy to pack in any sized bag. Noise-cancelling headphones have an added bonus of reducing the noise and allowing you to better enjoy your inflight movie, television show or playing videogames.

Sanitizing or Wet Wipes

Every woman should keep wipes in her purse and everybody should have some in their carryon bag. It’s an easy way to clean not only your hands but also the seat back tray and arm rests. With all the germs floating around the airplane, keeping your hands clean is vital to staying healthy on your trip. 

Non-electronic entertainment

In the event that your batteries die or you are waiting for take-off/landing, having a magazine, book or puzzle book will help you pass the time. The inflight magazine is not the most stimulating thing to read if your technology dies.

Snacks and Water

Meal service on flights can be expensive and have limited options, it is always a good idea to pack some of your favorite snacks for your trip. Also, wither bring an empty water bottle to fill up after the security checkpoint or purchase water at one of the airport shops. It is important to stay hydrated because you might end up sleeping through beverage service on the plane as I have done in the past.


International flights always have an immigration form of some sort to complete before you land. Having a pen will prevent you from having to ask a flight attendant or another passenger to borrow a pen.

Chewing Gum

Chewing gum is great for relieving pressure in your ears. I always carry a couple packs with me on every trip even though I don’t normally chew gum. Gum also works great with kids complaining about the ear pressure. 

Shawl, long scarf or small blanket

These are great for a couple of reasons. First, you can use them to keep you warm if you are cold on the plane. Or, you can use them to cover your face to block out the light so that you can sleep. 

First Aid Kit

Having a first aid kit will help with any issues that might arise on your flight. It should include pain relievers, stomach-settling medicine, antacid, sleep aids and Band-Aids as a start. You should include any medicines that you would normally use regularly at home. This can be a real lifesaver as there is no place to buy medicine on the flight should you need it.

These items have helped me survive both short and long flights with the added bonus of saving you money. What would you include in your list of must haves for any flight? Comment and let us know!

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