5 Long Haul Flight Essentials
I've said it before and I'll say it again - I love travel...but hate traveling. Spending days in airports, hours on planes and going days without a decent sleep is the worst part of any trip for me. Even though it's all made worth it when I get to my destination, getting there can often be tedious and uncomfortable.
With that in mind, here are a few things that help me ease the pain of long-haul travel.
Snacks might just be the most important part of any journey, whether it be a road trip, cruise or an uncomfortably long flight across the ocean.
Some of my favorites include protein bars, trail mix and dried fruit. Make sure you're also drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated while in the air!
These protein bars are a guilty pleasure of mine - they seriously taste like candy and are perfect if you have a sweet tooth like me!
Having these handy little trail mix packs come in handy when you're on a long flight or don't have time to grab something during a rushed layover.
My favorite dried fruit is definitely the Philippine dried mangoes. I might be a little biased because of the Filipino blood in me, but I love having a bag of these on hand. Their dried coconut is also amazing and every bit as addictive as the mangoes. You've been warned.
You don't have to have the most expensive or fancy noise cancelling headphones, but you'll have a pretty miserable flight if you don't have something that is comfortable in your ear for a long period of time.
For me, that's some basic over-the-ear headphones that don't start to make my ears sore after a long period of time, like earbuds usually do for me.
With the right pair of headphones or earbuds, you'll be able to listen to music or audio books, watch movies, and block out some of that awful airplane noise while you try and get some rest.
For me, these simple Sony headphones work just fine. It's always good to have a pair that can plug into the audio plugs on planes, so if you're more of a wireless headphone fan, make sure you still bring a pair that will allow you to listen to any in-flight entertainment.
Hand sanitizer / Emergen-C / Immune boosters
We all know that planes are a breeding ground for sickness. Being cooped up in such a tight space and breathing the same air as hundreds of people for hours isn't good for anyone.
I don't think I've ever left a flight feeling better than when I got on -- which is why I always make sure to try and stay as germ-free as possible. Washing your hands or using hand sanitizer after leaving a flight or before eating and taking some immune system boosters will help prevent any unwanted sickness from ruining your trip.
Reusable Water Bottle
One of the drawbacks of flying is how hard it can be on your body, including making you very dehydrated. Keep your body happy and healthy by taking a reusable water bottle with you on all trips.
After you make it through security, fill that baby up and sip away throughout your flight. I've found that keeping my body hydrated while flying helps me fight jet lag and keeps my body feeling a little more normal than if I'd opted to fill up on sodas.