When I travel, I only bring carry-on bags. No checked baggage for me, please and thank you. But every once in a while I’ll be forced to check my bag if there is no overhead luggage space left. When that happens, I make sure I always have these eight in-flight necessities.

eight In-flight necessities

Before you ask, this list doesn’t include the absolutely necessities that everyone brings (i.e. wallet, phone, boarding pass), because those are a given and I don’t think you need me to tell you about them. Instead, this list is non-necessities that I always make sure to have with me. Also, these are in no particular order.


1. iPad

Most planes these days have TVs in the seats, but even still I always bring my iPad. Before take off, during commercials or when the TVs are non-existent or broken, it’s nice to have a backup form of entertainment. Plus, you never know if you’ll be delayed or stuck in an airport for hours on end.


2. Headphones

As far as I’m concerned, headphones are an absolute MUST on an airplane. I love my Bose noise-cancelling headphones, but they are pretty darned expensive. If you don’t feel like shelling out $300 for a pair of headphones, any normal headphones will do. As long as you have a way to listen to the TV/your music and drown out the rest of the people around you.


3. Water bottle

Sure, airlines will serve you water on your flight, but they basically give you a thimble-size cup. I bring an empty water bottle with me to the airport and fill up at the water fountain before my flight. That way I can stay hydrated during my flight and don’t have to wait for my thimble of water.


4. Healthy snacks

Considering a single pretzel costs about $100 at airports/on airplanes, I always pack some snacks for my trip. And because it can be hard to be healthy on trips, I try to pack healthy snacks. Some of my favorites are nuts/seeds, thinkThin bars and Go Raw bars.


5. Moisturizing products

Flying can make your skin super, super dry. And since I’m obsessed with skin care, I make sure to bring all of the moisturizing products on board. For my hands I love Aveeno, for my lips I love First Aid Beauty and for my face I love Fresh Seaberry Face Oil.


6. Eye mask

For red-eye flights, an eye mask is a must. I can slip it on before flight takes off and the lights dim and be asleep before were air born. Plus, it’s a life saver when your row mates have their reading lights on all. flight. long.


7. Portable phone charger

This charger works for my phone and iPad, so none of my technology will die mid-flight. I think this one is pretty self explanatory, so I’ll stop rambling now.


8. Ibuprofen

Another self-explanatory one. Nothing is worse than being stuck mid-flight with some sort of ache and pain that you can’t cure. Whether you’re hung over, have sore muscles or can’t get over a headache, Ibuprofen has you covered.


Tell me: What do you take with you on the plane?

  • Absolutely agree on the ipad and headphones! After all, how else are you supposed to pass the time? Hope you’re having a fab weekend!

    Chelsea
    Chow Down USA
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    • Nice to hear I’m not alone. I can’t even imagine flying without either of these two necessities 🙂