Long Flight – Packing TIPS
What to pack on a long flight – Packing TIPS
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No matter how many times I fly, I still learn ways to make those flights easier and smoother. Packing tips can do the same for you on your next long flight. This is my NEW favorite gear that I’m adding to my carry on. Be prepared and make it the BEST flight ever!
Long Flight – Packing TIPS – Ear Plugs
This was something I was honestly shocked to need on the last long flight I took. We splurged and bought business class seats for our trip to Greece. The extra space, the lie flat seats, atmosphere, access to the airline’s first class lounge and pampering were something we were thrilled to have for our journey.
Before the flight, we were having breakfast in the first class lounge when I noticed a family nearby – grandparents, parents, and 7 month old cutie. I bumped into mom in the restroom where she was washing up bottles. We chatted and I learned that the family had accompanied her to a friend’s wedding and her parents were in business class.
So, imagine my surprise later, when her parents traded places into the flight so that she and VERY noisy (but happy – not crying) baby came up to business class and kept everyone awake. Thank heavens for ear plugs. It cut down the noise from LOUD happy baby squeals so I could get some sleep.
I’ve carried earplugs for YEARS and have used them only twice and boy, was I glad I had them with me! These Stanley low pressure ear plugs are GREAT for sleeping. They don’t feel as full in your ears as other brands AND they are rated 32 for noise reduction which is really good! They are cheap and lightweight. Don’t leave home without them!
Long Flight – Packing TIPS – Compression Socks
Before you pass by this section thinking compression socks are only for the elderly (Don’t lie..you know you were thinking that!) consider what they actual do for you!
In short, your veins work hard to pump blood from your feet back up to your heart. Normally, you movement and walking helps this process, but when you are sitting for a long time – like in a long flight, blood can’t move north as fast. So, it pools up in your legs and feet causing swelling. This swelling feels bad!! It causes fatigue in your legs and and overall achiness in your feet.
Compression from these socks help your body in several ways:
*walls of arteries dilate which increases blood flow
*walls of veins will constrict which increases the speed of blood flow
*decreases muscular vibration
Of compression socks course they are used for those with heart and circulation problems, but helping healthy feet and legs is great, too! Thankfully compression socks actually look like socks now and not like hideous medical equipment.
After a broken bone in my foot just 9 weeks before our trip to Greece had me worried about swelling on a plane. I tried compression socks for the first time on my flight. These CEP Recovery + Pro Compression socks were my sock of choice for the LONG flight to Greece. I chose black since I was wearing black pants and no one was the wiser! My foot did not swell, which meant less pain for me in the injured foot. That I was hoping for, but I also had a wonderful benefit in my good foot! The aid in circulation kept the healthy foot feeling even better, too. Now, injury or not, I’ll be wearing my compression socks on long flights!
Long Flight – Packing TIPS – Portable Phone Charger
Whether you use the airplane’s wifi or use downloaded entertainment on your devices you’ll want extra portable phone chargers with you! We travel with more than one since we have multiple devices and between entertainment for the kids, photos for me, and business stuff for my husband we NEED extra charging!
Long Flight – Packing TIPS – Reading Light
Yes, I know there is a light overhead on the plane, but on the last long haul flight I took I was SOO not sleepy when the lights were all turned out and I wanted to read. BUT, turning on the overhead light would have have disturbed my fellow passengers who were all trying to sleep. Now technically I had a right to turn on that light. After all I had paid for my seat and was completely entitled to do so, BUT….. it didn’t hurt me not to read and I felt good about being kind to my fellow passengers. I don’t want to be THAT passenger who people talk about being rude and obnoxious!
Now, I add a small reading light to my carry on. It is small and the light from it is strong enough to let me read without waking everyone else up around me. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone took a minute to think of those around them? Let’s start that movement right here!
Long Flight – Packing TIPS – Something for the kids
We love electronics as much as the next person…and maybe even more 😉 but the truth is you need to bring along some NON electronic items as well. Why? Batteries run down! Wifi is slow or doesn’t work!
Books, games, and art supplies are STILL fun to help pass the time in an old fashioned way. AND what’s old is always new again. I’ve made a list to refresh your memory.
If you are heading to any of these destinations, include an ebook from The Educational Tourist in your carry on. Kid friendly and mom tested these books include information and activities about your destination. Don’t leave home without one!
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