Here are a handful of easily overlooked things (beyond the standard neck pillow) to consider to make your flight just that bit more enjoyable.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
If you were thinking those regular issue plane headphones would do the trick, think again! Proper noise-cancelling headphones can work wonders on a flight, removing not only the sounds of other passengers, but also the often bothersome white noise of the plane.
With a relaxing playlist to listen to, you’ll be amazed at how soundly you sleep with the right headphones.
Inflatable footrests are available wherever travel gear is sold and they can be a real help. Economy class is not well known for legroom, but a footrest that can be positioned how you like - it can be a major component of leg comfort. While landing, simply deflate and pack it away!
Like the headphones, your standard-issue airline sleeping mask is less than ideal. A slightly higher quality mask will be made of a fine, comfier material, and black out your eyes completely (where cheaper items may let light in). But, for the best experience, look for a mask that sits slightly off your eyes, which is a lot less constricting and distracting.
Change of clothes
A simple point – make sure you bring a comfy change of clothes for a long-haul flight, and change before or after boarding.
It’s incredible what a difference a few toiletries can make in transit. Every international traveller’s carry-on luggage should contain items like a toothbrush, facial cleanser, moisturiser, and a toothbrush with toothpaste. Whether used in a plane bathroom or during a flight connection, taking a few minutes to refresh helps to make travelling a lot more comfortable. Just be sure to heed liquid limits and stay under 100ml!