Obviously the number one thing we pack in our carry-on for long flights is FlightFüd, duh.
But what else? What else can we possibly bring to make long flights more enjoyable ??
K, lets break it down from a pro.
Allow me to prove my professional status of a long-haul traveler, all from the glamor of an economy seat (not to brag too much but I do sometimes fly economy + plus *brushes shoulder off*). I have flown Sydney to Dallas, Moscow to New York, DC to Tokyo all commercially and my longest flight worked was Los Angeles to Montenegro. Essentially, I know what I’m talking about as a passenger and crew member.
Doesn’t it always seem like a fab idea to kick your flight off with a glass of bubbly?
Well it’s most definitely not. Not only does the carbonation make you bloated to the point of potentially being mistaken as 6 months pregnant, but it also compounds the dehydration your body is already going thru whilst being at 45,000ft!
Therefore, we arrive to our first essential:
#1 Bottled water!!!
BUY IT IN BULK ONCE THRU SECURITY!! +++++
Your body loses 1 liter of water per 4 hours of flying(!), therefore, you need to be as hydrated as a cumulonimbus cloud (FYI those are the thunderstorm kind that are FULL of moisture!!)
Moving on, shall we?
Let me start off my next must-bring item with a story, its relevant I swear, so stick around. I once took a Benadryl, two melatonin, and chased it with a glass of red on my aforementioned flight of Moscow- New York. Ya girl was trying to sleeeeep and boy did I, but too much. I was straight up comatose. The sweet girl sitting next to me told me she needed to use the restroom and I slurred back to her “I can’t move my legs, just climb over me”. I honestly probably drooled while saying this. Not a proud moment. Learn from me, don’t go comatose, Melatonin ALONE is just fine babes.
Real talk, Its hard to sleep on a plane, even with the extra 10 degrees you get with the reclining option on your stiff upright seat. (Disregard this if you fly business class, for the rest, y’all know the struggle is real). Sleep like a baby and bring some melatonin.
Whats awesome is that melatonin is natural, your body already produces it!
It truly helps you get great sleep even if you are in a medieval sleeping chamber that we affectionally refer to as an airplane seat.
We’re going to wrap this up with an easy one guys,
#3 Sound Canceling Headphones
I don’t really feel the need to explain this one much further, but next time you are on a plane with a screaming baby for 8+ hours and you’re “hashtag unbothered” with your noise canceling headphones, feel free to thank me.
Till text time jetsetting babes xx
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