From my experience in traveling, the airplane ride is the worst part. I have found 8 items that I always take with me on an airplane, especially when flying abroad. These items are my carryon essentials.
Snacks purchased at the airport or on the plane are severely over priced. It is not necessary to spend $5 for mini can of Pringles which won't even keep you satisfied for very long. My favorite snacks to bring on an airplane are protein bars/granola bars, almonds, and of course chocolate.
2. Hand sanitizer
This is a must, especially when traveling abroad. Airplanes are breeding grounds for bacteria and other germs that can make you sick.
3. Deck of cards
You never know what types of entertainment an airplane might have. Some flights have TVs, some flights do not. I have been on several flights where a deck of cards were my only choice for entertainment. It makes the time go by faster for you and for whomever your are traveling with.
4. A phone charger/Portable charger
Some airlines have outlets at your seat, but I bring a portable one and a regular one. They come in handy if your phone is the only object to keep you entertained for multiple hours. Also, its always best to have a charged phone because nowadays your phone can be your boarding pass or your taxi ride. Also, don't forget to pack your adapter when traveling abroad!
5. A toothbrush
I never fly without a toothbrush. I learned this the hard way after flying 18 straight hours from India back to the United States, the first thing I wanted to do was brush my teeth.
Headphones are a must for obvious reasons.
7. Travel sized medications
I always carry ibuprofen, Dramamine, and Imodium with me because your body's immune system weakens when traveling. You don't want to be caught not having these 3 staples or it can easily become the longest/worst flight of your life.
8. A change of clothes/undergarments.
This is important to have especially when traveling abroad. You wouldn't typically wear the same underwear 2 days in a row, so why would you not want to change them after 18-24 hours of traveling abroad?
What do you all think about these tips? Do you have anything to add? Let me know!
xoxo- The Nifty Blonde