The last place you want to run out of Chapstick is 30,000 feet above Oklahoma. Traveling can be exhausting, but bringing along a few creature comforts can make the experience more enjoyable. Next time you're putting together your carry-on to travel, check this list for what to include.
At the time of writing, airlines require everyone to wear masks while they travel. On a long flight, your mask may become damp or dirty from constant use. Bring several comfortable masks in case you need to switch them out.
A small bottle of hand sanitizer (less than 100 ml) won't take up much space in your bag. It will, however, give you a quick cleaning option if you have to handle objects that others have touched.
For extra peace of mind while you travel, tuck a few sanitizing wipes into a plastic baggie. You can give your seat and tray table a quick wash before settling in for your flight.
Peanuts and pretzels may make for easy snacking, but they don't do your body any favors. Pack some fresh fruits or veggies or a healthy protein like hummus or peanut butter. Watching your diet while you travel will keep your spirits and energy up.
Neck Pillow and a Light Blanket
A long flight is a great opportunity to catch up on sleep. Pack a neck pillow in your carry-on to avoid paying exorbitant costs at the airport. A lightweight blanket can help you make the most of your travel nap.
Book or Laptop
Not someone who can sleep sitting up? Try bringing that book you've meant to read. The uninterrupted time onboard might be just what you need to finish it. Alternatively, bring your laptop. It might finally give you the chance to knock out those spreadsheets.
If you're hoping to catch the in-flight movie, plan on bringing your own headphones. The same goes if you'd like some quiet. Noise-canceling headphones work wonders for tuning out crying babies and loud conversations.
Power for Electronics
Even four bars might not last through a cross-country flight. Travel power banks are lightweight but pack quite a punch. Don't forget to include your charging cords, though, or you won't be able to use them.
Jacket or Sweatshirt
Put an extra layer in your carry-on, just in case your seatmate insists on keeping the vent fan on full blast. If you're low on space, a lightweight button-up can work in a pinch.
Airplane cabin air is notoriously dry. Do your lips a favor and pack your lip balm.
No one loves air travel, but these few items can make the experience more enjoyable. Pack a bag of essentials, and the flight will be over before you know it!