We have asked some of the most seasoned travelers among our members about their best advice on what to pack for a long flight. Here’s what they answered:
Waz from LetsNomNomBlog: A neck pillow, a comfortable hoodie or sweater and snacks are all it takes to make a long flight more comfortable. The headphones on board aren’t very good, so I prefer to bring my own. For entertainment I’ll pack a good book, some magazines and my iPad.
Hanna from Tripsnkids: As a mother of two, I have to consider how to keep my little ones entertained during a long flight. It is always a relief, when there’s a good entertainment system on board (can you hear me sigh?) Otherwise, I usually bring magazines and books to read. Long flights are also a perfect opportunity to clean up your laptop and delete all unnecessary files. For the kids, I always bring toys, but instead of going out and buy new toys for the flight, I bring some of their old toys, which they haven’t seen for a long time (and have forgotten about). Play dough, pens and paper are other handy items, when it comes to killing time.
Angela from Pinay Skattebasse: I always bring my iPad loaded with new games. I don’t bring books, I prefer to bring my Kindle, because in that way, I can fit an entire library in my purse. Some of my favorite reads include 50 Shades of Grey, everything from Dan Brown, Jojo Moyes and Paula Hawkins. I also make sure to bring earplugs to shut out the noise and after a recent flight with a seat mate with really bad breath, I’ve started to carry a pack of mints with me too.
Sanne from Mitzie Mee: I’m really old school, so I always bring a book. I prefer a good book over online entertainment, and I only rarely watch movies on board. On my recent flight to Thailand, I finished off #Girlboss in one go. A neck pillow is also crucial, because it will allow you to get some sleep without overstretching your neck. It can get noisy onboard, especially if you’re next to the engines or a screaming baby, so a pair of earplugs are worth their weight in gold.
Haiya from Pass Me The Dim Sum: With just about everyone owning a smart phone these days, one can download all sorts of entertainment onto their phones, be they reading material, games, or movies/ TV shows. However, not all planes have USB docks to charge your phones, so I always travel with a fully charged power bank that can recharge my phone up to 4 times, but be aware that some airlines have restrictions regarding the maximum capacity/strength of power banks allowed on board. Usually it’s 32000mAh, and any higher will be confiscated (happened to my sister).