After a trip to New Zealand, 24 hours of travel time door to door, I have learned a few things about the essentials needed to make your trip more comfortable. Travel has changed a lot over the years and more people are flying. So, your comfort on the plane will make a big difference in how you arrive at your destination. I found these items essential to being comfortable, or as comfortable as possible on a plane for a 15 hour leg, from Houston to Auckland New Zealand!
Starting with items from your head down to your feet-
- BLANKETS & PILLOWS. If you fly on a long flight the airline will provide a blanket and pillow. However, you will still need a neck pillow. Keeping your neck supported on the flight will make it easier to sleep. You ask why don’t I use the airline pillow? I do use it, but for my lower back. Airline seats have gotten smaller and have NO lumbar support. So I use the airline pillow to provide lumbar support. Then you will need a neck pillow to keep your head supported and prevent a stiff neck.
- NOISE-CANCELLING HEADPHONES. I didn’t realize how much the noise on planes disturbs your ability to sleep. My wife had a pair on our last trip and she let me try them. So I ran out and got a pair for this latest trip. And I can personally testify that you sleep much better on the plane when you can block out all the noise for the engine and other passengers.
- CHANGE OF CLOTHES, Fourth is a change of clothes and socks in your carry-on. You never know if the plane will be too hot or too cold. So having a change of clothes will give you options to keep your body temperature at a comfortable level. And traveling for long periods increases our chances for spilling food or drinks on yourself if the plane hits turbulence, or the flight attendant has an accident. The extra socks are important so you can take off your shoes while you are seated. Taking off your shoes can help your feet and legs be more comfortable while flying.
- TOOTHBRUSH/TOOTHPASTE. When you travel for 24 hours straight, it’s nice to be about to brush your teeth along the way. Something so simple make you feel more refreshed when you get to your destination.
These are just a few tips to make your long flights more enjoyable and arriving at your destination more rested and refreshed.