6 Things I Always Bring on a Plane

6 Things I Always Bring on a Plane

It’s the simple things that make a difference. Here are the 6 things I always bring with me when flying on an airplane:

Earplugs

 I slip these into my ears and though it doesn’t block out the noise completely (you still need to hear things) it does create a more placid existence while in the hurly burly world of an airport terminal.

Ear Plugs

My Own Tea

I like a good strong cup of tea in the morning and I don’t trust my ability to form complete sentences to just any tea they give out.

Hydrating Spray

A must for any flight over three hours.  A light mist of rose water spray does wonders in re-hydrating your dry, tired airplane face.  You’ll feel and look fresher for the rest of the flight.  Remember to get a small size (under three ounces) so you can pack it in your carry-on bag.

Eye Mask

I always catch-up on sleep on planes.  An eye mask makes that possible.  Don’t get one too tight or you’ll wake up with those embarrassing lines across your nose and under your eyes.

Melatonin

I honestly don’t know what I’d do without my “Tony.”  Melatonin is really for long-haul flights only, but what I love about it is that it occurs naturally in your body so you’re not taking a drug, and it doesn’t completely knock you out like a sleeping pill.  It just relaxes you, like you had a nice hot bath.

Fuzzy Socks

As soon as I get on the plane my shoes and socks come off (discretely as I really hate to subject my seatmate to my tired feet) and then on goes the fuzzy wuzzies!  Your feet really do swell on a flight and it’s good to give them some breathing room.  However, when using restroom never walk in with just your socks because that bathroom floor is pretty gross.  Some men have a tough time with their aim if you know what I mean.

What are your favorite things to take on a plane when you travel?

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43 Comments

  1. P T June 26, 2012 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    My folding footrest.

    • Tricia October 24, 2012 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      Where can you get the footrest?

      • Jim Trietsch November 9, 2012 at 1:39 pm - Reply

        Folding foot rest is from Magellan’s travel catalog. My wife has had the same one for over 20 years and carries it everywhere – movies, airplanes, car passenger, church, etc.

  2. Sherri Lorenz June 26, 2012 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    Ear plugs are a must. For me, also reading material and my iPod. I have to be able to distract myself even on short flights or it just takes FOREVER! :)

  3. Kim Cox June 26, 2012 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    I carry a toothbrush when flying … Flights to Europe/Asia are so long…. Brushing is so refreshing.

    I’ve also carried magazine articles that I didn’t have time to read at home… just tear them out, take them along and toss them when finished!

    Congrats Samantha on your website!

  4. MM June 26, 2012 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    After going through security, I buy a bottle of water at a convenience stand before I get on the plane. And I always ask for water for beverage service. Airplane air is so dry, I get headaches if I don’t have enough water.

  5. Carolyn O'Leary June 27, 2012 at 8:26 am - Reply

    Love the website, Sam! It’s fun but oh, so helpful to travelers. Great job, as always…

  6. Lisa June 28, 2012 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    My own little travel blanket. Crossword puzzles. Bottle of water (bought after security, of course.)

  7. Nikki June 28, 2012 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    Where can one get hydrating spray?

    • Laurel September 13, 2012 at 3:01 pm - Reply

      I buy those small travel sprayers at Target, or where ever, put a few of drops of Rosewater, Lavender or Rosemary essence, and it’s great.

  8. Shanthini July 2, 2012 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    My top six things on a flight: iPhone for music, Sudoku puzzles to do, Vicks Inhaler for them stuffy noses on flights, novels to read, face powder (cause after long hours of nothing my face tends to get oily again,, gross) and minty chewing gum.

  9. Trinette Faint July 6, 2012 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    I always travel with a Palmer’s Cocoa Butter stick. I can use it as a moisturizer as my skin dries out and can also use it as a lip balm, and because it’s not a liquid I never have to worry about loosing it at security.

  10. ivy July 7, 2012 at 11:03 am - Reply

    eye mask is a must for me,,, and of course not to forget my chewing gum! :)

  11. Joyce July 11, 2012 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    I always have a good book to read during a flight. And kleenexes in my purse. I find blowing my nose works better to clear out my ears during landing than chewing a piece of gum.

  12. Jane July 23, 2012 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    I carry a pashmina, sarong or large muslin scarf (depending on type of travel and season.) It gets used on the plane as a light blanket or wrap, a draped head scarf upon arrival and as a cover when visiting mosques, churches and other delicate situations. Note: I pack everything in my carry on by category in “zip lock” type bags. At a glance I can find my wallet and credit cards, or iPod and charger, or snacks: the bonus is the plastic bags have many uses during my travels.
    Love the hydrating spray idea…it will be with me next time.

    • Jennifer October 17, 2012 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      I’m going to use some of Jane’s tips from her comment above, too. Thanks!

  13. Seana July 26, 2012 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    I bring my Brita water bottle. It has a filter inside, which means I can empty it out, take it with me through security, refill it from a water fountain, and have filtered water with me during the entire trip without buying bottles. I also bring Advil, chapstick, and a travel blanket and pillow. The blankets and pillows on the planes are not the cleanest things out there.

    • Dolores Burke July 19, 2013 at 8:41 pm - Reply

      I share the same ideas as many of the others who posted here. I emphasize safety more and more including some new types of interior wallets and cross the body purses. I often fill a sleeveless vest’s pockets with thingies for flights… easy to fold it when not needed. a fishing vest works fine for this. I use coils to boil water and filters to kill germs..even “safe water” in Scandinavia can have mineral deposits that are unwanted. I suggest that travelers know if a holiday is scheduled at a destination city… can affect eating, shopping and travel. I take a train schedule book when using a train a lot. take a small size fleece throw and a small size sheet plus a neck pillow. disposable cups and protein bars are great to have. I started, in 1975, using backpacks and Frommer’s books for travel on trains and moving around a lot…I now use apt rentals with kitchenettes for a “home hub” base with public transportation. I print, in foreign languages, basic travel phrases on small cards… helps me get directions and buy tickets. I have some of Samantha’s bags but always keep the sizes down to acceptable dimensions and carry half of luggage I used to take.

  14. cathi August 14, 2012 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    1. Soft & cozy ruana/cape to use as cover on plane and when travelling as a light outerwear.
    2. circle word book
    3. ipad (downloaded with tons of magazines, books, games, movies, and mostly music)
    4. small tin of vaseline-use it on my cuticles, lips, dry skin and fits in my ziplock
    5.first aid kit ziplock w/bandaids, advil, sinus med, anti-diarrhea med, antacid, and blister block stick, moleskin (i ALWAYS get blisters on the backs of my heels, so I like to be prepared)
    6. my BOSE noise cancelling headphones & extra batteries. they are the best to block out surrounding noise, babies crying, annoying chatterbox seat mates.

  15. Gabby T August 22, 2012 at 10:45 am - Reply

    You can pry my Xanax from my cold, dead hands. Admittedly, it’s terrible for short hops when I am still barely lucid and my husband has to carry me off the plane BUT it’s a lifesaver (for fellow passengers as well, trust me) on longer cross-country flights or international flights.

  16. Ashley August 31, 2012 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    I love sticking some cozy, warm socks in my purse to wear on the flight too! It makes you instantly feel more at home on an airplane.

    I also can’t fly without my ipod touch, loaded with music and games, a good book, and some chewing gum for irritated ears. (:

    That face spray you mentioned sounds amazing. Where can you get that stuff?!

  17. Letitia Mika October 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    I travel a lot and would not be comfortable without…

    1) Cashmere wrap…comfy for chilly flights…rolls up small
    2) soft warm socks
    3) iPad downloaded full of magazines…music…movies
    4) lotion and chap stick
    5) my own healthy snacks
    6) and most importantly my neck pillow…

    Where do you find a folding footrest? There are a few air carriers in Europe who have fold down foot rests and it really makes a squishy coach seat more comfortable~!

  18. Jori November 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    I’ve only flown once (MI to NYC) and the number one thing I needed was my Marshmallow Peep beanie bunny… he is soft and I held him when I was nervous. I also needed my iPod for music, a good book, and lots and lots of chewing gum. With this first flight under my belt, I am sure I will think of other things to bring with me on longer flights :-)

  19. Mary November 17, 2012 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    Honestly, we are so very happy for you,..On all our vacations we wonder where Samantha is. Seems like my husband and I have been to the same places it’s our joke.. For names for your daughter. Sydney or Siobhan your son Sean or Michael congrats again

  20. Deborah Gray December 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    Your goofy, approachable style make you such a beloved travel host and I’m so happy to have found your website. Extremely happy for you and your husband.

    I travel to Australia at least twice a year (just returned this week) and take all the things you list, in addition to:
    1. No Jet Lag instead of Melatonin, a homeopathic tablet that regulates circadian rhythms. It really does help overcome jet lag. I lilke the idea of Melatonin to be able to sleep.
    2. I am occasionally upgraded to Business for free, but I don’t take that for granted and always pack pjs or comfy pants and top, so that I can change before landing and arrive in fresh looking clothes.
    3. Deodorant, along with facial products and makeup in its own pouch.
    4. A “memory foam” neck pillow. I think it conforms to and supports your neck much better than inflated or husk filled ones.
    5. Just an emphasis on eye mask and ear plugs – they can make all the difference when people around you have their reading lights on or you are near the bathroom and have other passengers coming and going around you.

    I always drink plenty of water and get up frequently to stretch and avoid any chance of DVT. Love the suggestions above from others too!

  21. Mishka January 9, 2013 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    my sockie-sockies after the take off my feet get super cold and is NOT pleasant at all so I have to keep them warm, ear bugs to listen any kind of music, magazines and a window seat so I can sleep :-)

  22. Linda February 21, 2013 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    Great tips, thanks for sharing! My favorite new thing to do is put my fuzzy wuzzies on when I take my shoes off at security. I put them over my regular socks or bare feet. Just wish I would have thought of this years (and many shoeless gross airport floors) ago!

  23. Cindy March 26, 2013 at 11:21 am - Reply

    I take these “must haves” ( especially for a long trip):
    1) iPad/ iPhone ….loaded with reading material, games, names and addresses ( phone book if needed for post cards sending, emergencies etching), and note pad ( app) . I make notes on things I want to see and do, phone numbers needed for tours or contact info, copy of reservation confirmation info etc. there).
    2) squeeze tune of Blistek. Great for dried out lips and nasal passages, and the smell is refreshing and soothing to me, also a lip gloss.
    3) Total Pillow. A round, bendable pillow great as a neck pillow, to sit on, as an arm rest, or for support of lower back ; and, when folded, on lap, makes perfect height and support for iPad.
    4). Journal – I like to document by summary, each day’s happenings. Great to refer back to when doing albums later. ( this could be done on note pad app).
    5). Once past security- a large bottle of water, two if I have room.
    6) Nuts, protein or granola bar, cheese sticks, grapes…my “go to ” nutritional , easy travel foods.
    7). Pashmina- works as a light blanket, on plane, wrap while visiting sites, or to cover one’s head at Cathedrals .
    8) ALL meds. Never want to chance them not making it to my destination .
    9) Simple change of clothes- usually meaning, a top, and underwear.
    10) Camera

  24. Stac July 8, 2013 at 7:37 am - Reply

    I always bring a couple of individually wrapped sanitizer wipes and wipe off the tray and seat handles to reduce transmission of colds and flu.

    • Gayle September 19, 2013 at 9:26 pm - Reply

      What a FANTASTIC idea!!

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  26. Diana July 9, 2013 at 7:39 am - Reply

    Sure, mags, snax, lip balm, earbuds, but I recently started carrying those dispoable towelettes with hand sanitizer on them to wipe off those gross drop down tables. Also, I carry 1 or 2 Kleenex travel packs. I’ve had enough UTIs after flights to ever trust airplane TP again! No, not a germaphobe, just learned from over 500 flights. Love everyone’s ideas!

  27. Aimee July 13, 2013 at 8:19 am - Reply

    Really? Men are the problem in the bathroom???????

  28. Jan July 17, 2013 at 2:29 am - Reply

    Couple of squirts of Afrin an hour before a flight helps prevent stuffy ears, which I can get and it stays with me a couple of days after a flight, my ENT told me about it, it’s great!

  29. Dolores Burke July 19, 2013 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    add the U.S. State Dept and CDC or WHO as websites to review before going to other countries. It makes me so sad that I won’t return to Egypt or similar countries because of Arab Spring happenings. I have traveled internationally to many countries and continents and now realize that it now is not time to return to many of these places. At least I have memories of past global travels and won’t miss out on future trips. One factor that is obvious now is that some places like Russia, Ukraine and China have changed dramatically since I was there in 1986 – 87. And, of course, in 1975, East Berlin and the “Wall” were experienced then with no similar changes now that will occur.

  30. Molly Ogorzaly August 29, 2013 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    In addition to what I’ve read here, I bring a plastic camping wineglass which I refill whenever on the ground, tea bags to soak in cold water (to place on my eyes to relieve puffiness), facial towelettes, dried fruit (since long flights can cause constipation) and, my favorite, the heat packs that stick on the outside of your underwear and give you natural pain relief for backache (and, by increasing blood flow, reduce your risk of deep vein thrombosis).

  31. Gayle September 19, 2013 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    I always request a window seat and stow my knapsack underneath the seat in front of me. In it goes a little bit of everything …

    * earplugs … a must to block out noise when trying to catch some Zzzs
    * eye mask, travel pillow… always bring but have never used, ever
    * medications (Advil, Benadryl, Imodium)
    * travel-size toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss
    * snacks … dried fruits, nuts, granola bars, cheese peanut butter crackers, herbal tea, Splenda, lrg bottle of water (after clearing security)
    * soft, warm socks
    * scrunchie, ponytail holder
    * folding travel brush w/mirror
    * ipad mini to listen to music, play games, read Kindle books
    * puzzle books (word search or Sudoku)
    * phrasebook … to learn some basic phrases
    * camera and accessories

  32. angela October 5, 2013 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    1) magazines and guidebooks of wherever I am going
    2) generic Clorox wipes because my 5 year old touches everything from the window, tray, knobs, airplane guide inside seat pocket
    3) hand wipes for my 5 year old who again touches everything
    4) oil blotting papers for my greasy face
    5) kindle, which I never end up reading
    6) generic tablet for child to play games
    7) tissue packs for kid who has allergies
    8) crayolas and pens for kid

  33. Kristina November 16, 2013 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    1. Travel compression socks! Started wearing them last year, will forever more… Really helps prevent swelling feet.
    2. Eye mask, earplugs, pillow.
    3. I always wear comfortable clothes, flats, no jewellery, and dress in layers. My jacket/coat most times function as a blanket. If I’m sleeping on board I go without makeup and apply moisture on my skin night and morning and put on some makeup in the morning. Fresh!
    4. My own food and drinks. I am often hungry outside of meal serving times and don’t always appreciate what is served.
    5. Music, games, and a book. If I’m going somewhere new, I bring info about the place I’m going to. Makes me excited and ready for the adventure ahead. :)

  34. vb February 18, 2014 at 3:43 am - Reply

    My list:
    -window seat a must for sleeping and privacy.
    -tie on shoes or boots for emergency landings
    -coat doubles as blanket
    -tiny pillow
    -medications so they get there with me
    -books to read and DVD (no Ipad) for movie
    bottle of water and granola crunch bars
    -tiny purse inside of big purse so I can take money, credit cards etc with me to bathroom
    -money belt to hold passports, money, etc. when traveling abroad
    -everything black for sparse packing, i do not check bags, just wear what I bring even if a month!
    -saniwipes in individual packets; all purpose use
    -I think earplugs are a new idea I am going to incorporate

  35. John Schaeffer March 24, 2014 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    BOSE noise cancelling headphone……really cuts out engine noise and makes music and books on tape very enjoyable…..1 AAA battery lasts 30 hours or more and helps with sleep esp if there is a crying baby……Scottvest fleece hoodie..all the
    pockets to hold everything safely…reading glasses with built in LED lights very helpful to look in carryon in a darken plane or under seats if dropped something!

  36. John Schaeffer March 24, 2014 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    empty 4 oz spray bottle to spray face every so often…very refreshing on long dry flights…or bring empty baggie and clean wash cloth ..add water to the bag and wipe face every so often….bring your own pillow and blanket …got one at TARGET were blanket fits inside travel pillow

  37. Glamourous Traveller July 3, 2014 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    I deff bring some lip balm with me as the dry air easily causes my lips to crack in air. My top 6 list:

    1) Eye masks – get the velcro ones so you can adjust how tight it should hold against your face
    2) Ear plus
    3) Foot rest/ pillow. I have the inflatable one. This makes such a difference for shorter people (5’3) and those travelling long distance (>4 hours)
    4) Lip balm – to make sure my drink doesnt come with a side taste of blood
    5) Pashmina/ scarf as I tend to get cold even in jeans on the plane and the travel blanket can only stretch so far
    6) USB charger. This is becoming more and more common for new planes/ planes in Asia. You can charge your phone throughout the entire flight for free if you bring your charger with you. So make sure to keep that close by and handy!

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