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8 Things to Bring on Every Flight

Flying can suck. Here's how to make it better.

Boarding a plane these days can feel akin to cattle being herded. And it doesn’t get much better once you’re on the plane–that is unless you happen to be a supertraveler and have ridiculously high status. The rest of the world needs to get by on what passes for economy these days.

Whether it’s a short or long flight, it would be nice to feel good and like you were at home or as much as you can feel at home in that minuscule amount of space. Yes, the tiny space that your knees, carry-on bag and feet are all somehow supposed to occupy. I’ve looked at spaces and wondered how I was going to fit my body in there, and I’m not even a tall or big person—it still seems daunting to me!

After years of constant travel and battle with planes, I narrowed it down to these eight things to always bring on a flight to guarantee (well, almost guarantee) to make the flight a little better.

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Good Snacks Yes, we don’t encourage eating a lot on planes, but, for long hauls, it’s nice to have a little something that will make you happy. Even a small square of delicious chocolate can perk up the mood.

Step up Your Sock Game Buy yourselves some cute ones, whether they are Happy Socks or Darn Tough, to keep your feet warm and add a little brightness to an otherwise drab setting.

Hand Sanitizer Planes are not clean. Anyone who tells you otherwise is wrong. Even when they *clean* the planes, they are not doing a deep scrub. Buy a sanitizing gel or spray and do a mini clean-up of the area around you. Hit anything you touch, namely the seat belt, armrests, tv screens, tray knobs for closing or opening (even spraying down the tray is a good idea).

That Something Warm Whether it’s a cashmere scarf, your favorite old sweater or wrap, bring it to keep you warm. The planes blast the a/c in the summer and keep it frigid in the winter. You won’t be unhappy about having it. Plus, their blankets always feel a little sketchy.

Lotion Keeping your skin hydrated on the plane is essential as that air is like a suction cup for moisture—this mainly refers to face and hands as it’s a good idea to moisturize your body before you get on the plane. You understand the logistics of doing it later would be tricky. Pack a tiny jar of coconut oil to use for your hands and face, or bring your moisturizer on the plane. Having a mini spray bottle filled with a hydrating mist can also feel really great during a long flight to freshen up. Whatever it is, apply well and often (just make sure to sanitize your hands first).

Portable Charger Unfortunately, not every plane is going to have a charger for your phone, especially if you’re on shorter flights like within Europe or Asia. Delays happen and your full battery will be empty before you know it, especially because you’ve been playing with it. Get battery packs with multiple charges so that you can keep your phone at 100% (just make sure to charge your pack before the flight).

Essential Oils If you haven’t gotten on board with these yet, then this might be the time. They can be incredibly powerful and healing, especially if you buy high quality oils. Use lavender to keep yourself calm as the energy on planes tends to be tense, nervous and even angry. If your muscles tighten and feel stiff, get arnica gel or an oil to soothe them (also make sure to get up and stretch multiple times during the flight).

Headphones It’s a given these days that everyone brings their headphones, but it’s something you’re not going to want to forget. The ones that planes give out in economy make you feel as if you need a hearing aid just to use them: The sound quality can be very poor. Don’t miss the gushy lines in your favorite rom com because you left your headphones at home.

Have a good trip!

Check out these tips on how to feel good when flying.

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