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Flying Essentials

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Which 10 items make your flights more comfortable?
19 months ago, September 27th 2012 No: 1 Msg: #161497  
Since many of my flights are 5+ hours, my list is as follows:

1) Netbook for writing blogs or sorting photos
2) Book for reading when am tired on looking at a screen
3) Camera comes with me everywhere
4) Headphone adapter so I can use my nicer noise-cancelling headphones for watching movies - much better than headphones offered by airlines
5) MP3 for my own music if inflight choices are limited
6) Snacks and water, not pleasant being hungry or thirsty on a flight
7) Inflatable Backrest for extra support
8) & 9) Small pillow and eyepatch - if I have spare seats next to me, I lie down to sleep instead
10) Nasal spray in case my nose and ears block during descent, helps to clear them. Reply to this

19 months ago, September 27th 2012 No: 2 Msg: #161499  
Wow shane, you take heaps!
I guess these days we make an effort to fly full cost airlines particularly so that food and drink are available throughout, and also pillows and blankets (qantas is always freezing). We always try to work out what planes are on what flights too so we can try book flights where we will get individual screens/tv's.

I think i nearly always have a magazine with me too just in case and if i'm travelling minus kids i'll also take a book.

If kids are with us we have the ipad plus a bag of cheap toys (stickers, cars etc). I have to carry spare clothes for everyone and if it airasia or similar then i'd take food and water too.

My hubby has noise cancelling headphones and swears by them but i never get a chance to try them... are they that good? Maybe i wouldnt be able to hear the kids lol!

I think that is about 10 things... mostly i aim to watch movies and sleep as much as i can :)
tam
[Edited: 2012 Sep 27 11:40 - tamandfamily:205288 ]
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19 months ago, September 27th 2012 No: 3 Msg: #161502  
My pyjamas...I put them on anything above 6 hours flight...even in economy. Trust me, it's way better...and there is a reason why they give them to first class passengers.

Bottle of water...as I cannot stand the water coming from the plane tank.

Than I sleep....a lot... Reply to this

19 months ago, September 28th 2012 No: 4 Msg: #161519  
As I'm getting on a plane in less than 12 hours, this is a great topic. I've just packed my flight bag:

Kindle - to break up the screen watching and for if it breaks mid-flight

Ipod - in case the in flight music selection is rubbish. I like to play music as I sleep, especially if it's noisy around me (I've never heard of noise cancelling headphones. Where do you get them?)

Small toothbrush and toothpaste - in case you don't get given them. Gets rid of post-wake-up sock-mouth. A couple of years ago we flew to London with no toothpaste, and then had to get a bus all the way to Durham with the most minging breath ever. Horrible.

Wet wipes - wet wipe washes are great on long haul flights.

Immodium - just in case.

Anti-histamines - air con makes me sneazy.

Lip-salve - flights give me dry lips

Water - you never get given enough. But these days, you can only buy it on the other side of security or it gets confiscated. Ho Chi Minh City airport has cashed in on this and it's $2 a small bottle!!

We also check the planes used by airlines before we book to ensure we get individual screens. This time we've chosen to fly on a Friday night, and are both currently still at work so hopefully we'll sleep. Reply to this

19 months ago, September 28th 2012 No: 5 Msg: #161526  
I like the lip-salve idea. I always bring antiseptic hand gel - but is not on the list as there are only 10 items.

Enjoy your flight later tonight - hope you get to sleep! Reply to this

19 months ago, September 29th 2012 No: 6 Msg: #161566  
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Ipad, sleeping tablets and like Pierre, I travel very unfashionably in leggings and (for ladies eyes only) bra less. Oh I do put a top of some sort on too...and get lost magazine. Reply to this

19 months ago, October 1st 2012 No: 7 Msg: #161614  
iPhone loaded with music this is my must have
Then comes ...
Book and some newspapers
Definitely a bottle of water
Noise canceling headphones - this would be on my list very soon
Moisturizing cream & tooth brush
Change of clothes for the long flights not pygama style but comfortable clothes to wear during the flight
And yes my camera too, same as Shane, sometimes views from the plane are so breath taking that you want to have this one around :-)
That doesn't bring me to 10 items, but don't actually need more than that.

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19 months ago, October 1st 2012 No: 8 Msg: #161625  
1) snacks and water
2) a perfumed mist spray
3) lip balm
4) hand and face moisturiser
5) mini toothbrush and toothpaste
6) hardcopy book (for between films)
7) ipod (helps me sleep more deeply)
8) netbook (for blog writing)
9) a lightweight duck down puffy jacket - folds into a tiny square but is very warm for freezing flights
10) panadol / aspro clear tablets

And if the ostrich pillow ever becomes a commercial reality I will be SO getting one to make my naps on the tray table more comfortable! Reply to this

19 months ago, October 1st 2012 No: 9 Msg: #161635  
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Our motto: travel light! So we try to apply it on the flight as well.

Limited toiletries: deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, face moisturiser and lip balm
Personal medication
Ipad with ebooks, magazines and ipod in case there is no in-flight entertainment and for making notes
Inflatable cushion
Camera, just in case! Reply to this

18 months ago, October 2nd 2012 No: 10 Msg: #161657  
1. 2 barbies/small dolls
2. ipod - games
3. portable DVD or netbook for movies
4. Coloring books/crayons
5. benadryl
6. small blankie
7. snacks/extra water
8. pajamas
9. extra change of clothes
10. toothbrush/paste Reply to this

18 months ago, October 2nd 2012 No: 11 Msg: #161677  
Crikey! I can't believe you guys take so much stuff!

Despite the fact that I can never sleep on planes, I tend to go into semi-hibernation mode. I usually dress in several layers of light clothing before the flight, which can be removed if things should become a little warm. No chance of this with Air Asia mind you!!!

While I admittedly do have a small assortment of medical supplies with me on the plane just in case, including chewing gum which helps the ol' ears pop on the way down, as long as I have my Kindle and my technologically superior, I'm so smart, Samsung Galaxy S3 with me, then I'm as happy as a pig in....well you know....


[Edited: 2012 Oct 02 15:21 - Cockle:46288 ]
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18 months ago, October 10th 2012 No: 12 Msg: #161868  
I try to bring as little as possible... only must-haves are tablet (with music and books loaded) and earphones and water... I also normally wear a hoodie so I can pull it up over my head and block out the universe... can take it off and crunch it up as a pillow if I need to... and if it's too hot... maybe a muesli bar or something if it's a long flight... but my goal is pretty much to go to sleep normally :) Reply to this

18 months ago, October 14th 2012 No: 13 Msg: #161996  
Coming from someone who loves to travel yet hates to fly my list contains all things that keep me sane on the flight:
1. iPad for music and movies (reality escapes)
2. Sleeping tablets (sometimes its just necessary)
3. I agree with 'JustAnge' the HOODIE is brilliant
4. Earplugs (I'm always sat by the snoring man)
5. Pjs all the way!
6. My hat because I can hide under it
7. Cozy socks
8. Toothbrush for long flights
9. Change of clothes in carry-on for long flights
10. And most importantly, my PATIENCE.
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18 months ago, October 16th 2012 No: 14 Msg: #162079  

In response to: Msg #161996
Yes Matthew, number 10 is certainly the most important for any flight, long or short! Reply to this

18 months ago, October 17th 2012 No: 15 Msg: #162119  
Noise cancelling headphones! We shared the set my husband had. Always a change of clothes, medicines, ect, in case of delay or cancelled flights or lost luggage. Lip balm. Camera, bottled water, book, and mp3 for music. And sunglasses, no matter what the weather, they help block out light and were nice to "hide" behind, like JustAnge's hoodie! On my wish list would be an Ipad. We did our long distance flights before that was available. And last but not least, the patience, and all the good manners we can muster. ahh we miss the travel..... Reply to this

18 months ago, October 19th 2012 No: 16 Msg: #162194  
I will be visiting Sweden, in December for 10 days. I've heard that it will be snowing then, any ideas on what I should keep handy? what type of sinus medication will be best for the snowy wheather there? Thanks Reply to this

18 months ago, October 19th 2012 No: 17 Msg: #162199  
Hello Ben and welcome to Travelblog!

What country do you live in? Reply to this

18 months ago, October 19th 2012 No: 18 Msg: #162203  
In response to: Msg #162194

It depends on which part of Sweden you will be travelling to.

As long as you wrap up warm, in plenty of thin layers of clothing, you shouldn't encounter any problems.

The north will generally be very cold and snow is almost guaranteed. Temperatures are usually well below freezing during the day and are extremely cold at night.

In the south however, while still cold, daytime temperatures can push a few degrees above zero and then plummet at night. I lived in Sweden for 9 years and remember some snow free Christmas days although heavy snowfall can occur any time between October and March.

Sweden, has one of the highest standards of living in the world. The huge forests, wide open spaces and an almost fanatical concern for the environment means that the air is always very fresh and extremely clean. I can't imagine that you would have any sinus problems unless you suffer from a specific ailment. That said, almost anything you may need can be sourced from Apoteket (Swedish Pharmacy). Reply to this

18 months ago, October 22nd 2012 No: 19 Msg: #162338  
Heita.
The Travel Camel, I hail from Johannesburg(SOUTH AFRICA).

Cockle Nick, I'll be in Stockholm, for the entire 10 10 days. Thanks a mil for the information, it'll surely help me a lot. Reply to this

18 months ago, October 22nd 2012 No: 20 Msg: #162342  
For nasal spray, I use Otrivin, it was recommended to me by a flight attendant to clear my sinuses on descent. Not sure if it is available in South Africa. Reply to this

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