Are you about to board a flight in economy and dreading the thought of it? Never fear – hear are my insider tips for the top 5 essential items that everyone should pack in their carry-on to survive their flight in cattle class!
- Something to keep warm – We have all been there. You are half way through a flight, its freezing cold, there are no blankets and you have nothing other than the clothes on your back. I recommend as a minimum a pair of socks and something you can put over yourself whether it be a scarf, jacket or small travel blanket.
- Entertainment – It can still be hit or miss whether there will be in-flight entertainment on your flight, and it can make for a very long journey with nothing to distract you. I always arm myself with my tablet, noise cancelling headphones and enough TV shows / movies to keep me entertained for each leg of my trip. I will normally have a book or magazine as well – it can double as a good excuse from conversing with an unwanted chatty neighbor.
- Amenity Kit – Okay, perhaps this is cheating as it is more than one item. But you can rely on me to carry paracetamol, tissues, wet wipes and lip balm. It is inevitable that between you and your travelling companions, one of you will have a headache, a runny nose, you will spill your meal on you or your lips are so dry that they feel as though they are about to peel off your face. The simple relief that these items can bring when you are stuck at 38,000 feet is undeniable
- Water – As we all know, it is important to keep well hydrated when flying. Due to the ultra low humidity in the cabin, the human body dehydrates much faster than on the ground. Too many times I have found myself incredibly parched and feeling like I am searching for an oasis in the Sahara Dessert i.e. the air hostess handing out water. So now I make sure I take a bottle of water with me on all flights. Obviously if you are flying internationally you will be unable to take more than 100mL of liquids through security, so wait until you have made your way through the gates before buying water (or better yet, take a water bottle to refill).
- Pen – You don’t want to be that fool asking around for a pen to fill out your customs card or the Sudoku in the back of the in-flight magazine. Regardless of the technology that exists in the 21st century, somehow you will always find yourself needing a pen!
Follow these simple tips and you are guaranteed to arrive at your destination feeling on top of your game and ready for your adventure that awaits you. Safe travels!