Travelling is exciting, especially when you’re travelling to some far off, exotic destination, but the downside can be that long-haul flight. “Ultra-long-haul” flights, as The Economist reports, are becoming increasingly common. When Qatar Airlines launched its new direct route from Doha to Auckland in February 2017, it became the longest, non-stop flight in the world, with the 9,032-mile journey taking 17 hours and 20 minutes.
Of course, if you just purchased CT real estate and are heading from JFK in New York City or just about any other departure point in the U.S., your long-haul flight probably won’t require that many hours, but no matter how long it is, you can make it more comfortable by bringing along these airline essentials.
An Eye Mask, Ear Plugs and a Neck Pillow
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Most long-haul flights are overnight, which means if you don’t want to arrive feeling horribly jet-lagged, you’ll want to try to get some sleep. It’s hard enough being in that cramped airline seat, but you can help block out the noise and light by wearing an eye mask and earplugs so that you can at least get some shut-eye. Neck pillows, sold at just about every airport, can make a big difference in comfort too.
When you aren’t trying to sleep, bring something to make the flight productive or at least somewhat entertaining. Of course, what you bring is a matter of preference. A good book, Kindle, an iPad loaded with movies? You may even be able to get some work done on your laptop. No matter what you do, having something else to focus on other than the clock will make the time go faster.
One of the worst places you can possibly be when it comes to germs is an airplane. You probably don’t want to know the details, just understand that bringing hand sanitizer to prevent getting an illness is really a must when flying, especially on a long-haul flight. Rub a bit onto your hands anytime you’re planning on touching something that will go into your mouth.
An Empty Water Bottle
While you can’t take liquids over three ounces in size through security, you can bring an empty water bottle. Staying hydrated is a much, and those tiny plastic cups the flight attendants give you aren’t going to be enough. With an empty water bottle, you can ask them to fill that up back to your seat.
A Portable Charger
Depending on the devices you plan to use, be sure to bring a portable charger to avoid running out of juice. A small one for your cell phone might be enough, just in case there isn’t a USB charging port at your seat. But if you plan to work on your laptop, oftentimes, those airplane outlets either don’t work, or there isn’t an outlet to plug into at all. There are few laptops that can retain a battery charge as long as a flight over the Atlantic or farther, that’s when a portable laptop charger can really come in handy.
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