How To Combat A Long Flight

Photo By Richard Rosales

If you are like me, then you hate to have to sit down on a long flight where it doesn’t seem like you can escape. We need to prepare for a long flight just like we prepare for our vacation because there is nothing worse than being on the plane with nothing to do. So, these are a few things that I use to combat a long flight so that way I am ready for my vacation when I get there.

Good Bag That Fits Under Seat

When you are on a long flight, it is always nice to have a nice bag that fits right under the seat. The reason why I like to have a bag that fits right under the seat is that I have everything that I need and want right at my fingertips. I don’t have to ask people to move or get trapped in the seat without what I want from my bag. I have a nice bag that has a little age on it but serves as a great bag to have when I am flying. It can hold everything that I want as well as has a nice laptop case just in case I want to get a little work done on the flight.

Phone Charger/External Charger

I never thought to have an external charger was a big deal because I always brought my phone charger. Well, that was until I was unable to find an unused outlet and was stuck not being able to use my phone or tablet because I had no way to charge my devices. Some flights do have charging on the plane, but it is no fun when you get to your seat, and the charger doesn’t work. I have experienced this before, and it happened at the wrong time. So, don’t just make sure you have your charging cables check out some external charges because they can help when you can’t plugin. Plus, you can pick one up for less than $20.00 that will serve you well, although if you travel a lot, then you may want to invest in a better external charger.

Travel Pillow

I always thought travel pillows were a waste of space, but once I tried, it does make a difference when you fly. I found that I was trying to use the blanket like a travel pillow, so I decided to just invest in one. If you are concerned with the amount of space it takes in your bag, you can always get one that you inflate to use. This will help us cut down on the room in the bag, and you don’t have to worry about it hanging off your bag and hitting things at the airport. Being able to store it in your bag makes it more sanitary cause it wasn’t rubbing up on the benches at the airport or lying on the ground when you put your bag down.


This to me is an essential piece of carry on because this allows you so much diversity when it comes to entertaining yourself on the plane. You can read or watch movies on it, which means that you have little control over what you get to watch. Most airlines do have movies, but their screens don’t always work, or it’s just something that you don’t want to watch. Now you can have media tailored for you throughout your trip. This gives you a more comfort that will allow you to relax when you fly.

Good Head Phones

I actually like to take two pairs of headphones when I travel. I love to have my wireless headphones when I fly because they are the most comfortable to wear, and you don’t have to worry about any cords flopping about. However, I also bring a nice pair of wired headphones because you can’t always count on the wireless headphones to last the entire flight. So, what I have done was used wireless headphones when I am in the airport and move to my wired headphones when I am on the plane because I am sitting still, which means I don’t have to worry about the wire getting annoying.

Download Before You Go

A lot of flights have Wi-Fi these days, and I do take advantage when I feel it is worth the cost. The one thing that I do is download what I want to watch or read to not have to rely on the plane’s Wi-Fi. I have flown back home, and I wanted to use the Wi-Fi to watch a football game and what do you know the Wi-Fi was down on the plane. It happens more often than you think, so don’t count on the Wi-Fi to stream your content because if you don’t have something downloaded, then you might be stuck watching that in-flight movie. All the major platforms can download and view, and then when you are done with it, you can just delete it, so it isn’t taking up space on your device.


I always take a good pair of sunglasses on my flight with me, and I guess who doesn’t anymore. However, have a pair of sunglasses with you can help when you arrive at your destination, especially if you fly out at night and arrive during the day. You don’t want to have to dig through your bag to find a pair of sunglasses. So, I would say that you just slam those sunglasses into a nice case and throw them in your bag where you can access them easily. Don’t think because you leave at night you don’t need them because you might need them sooner than you think.

Sleeping Mask

I think this is key if you are going to try and sleep on a flight. When you have people around that have their window open, and the light starts to creep in can make it hard to catch some shut-eye. So, having a mask that will block out that light and allow you not to be bothered by it can be essential. Sleeping masks are relatively inexpensive and but are worth every penny just to allow you to block out any unwanted light.

Comfortable Clothes

If you have the ability, then you should definitely think about flying in comfortable clothes because you are going to be in them for a while. You want something comfortable to sleep in and allows you some movement because you don’t want any circulation to be cut off. I like to travel in comfortable clothes unless I am planning to get off the flight and go somewhere right away. We need to be comfortable when we fly because it is just no fun fighting what you are wearing the whole time, and that won’t let you relax.


Although everyone has a phone and I’m sure that everyone takes them on the plane. We need to make sure that our phone is fully charged and ready to go. This will allow you to play games listen to music, and a ton of other stuff that will help make your flight time go quicker. I love playing games on my phone when I just want to do something that is a little mindless but allows those minutes to tick down super quick. If you can switch to a low power mode, do so at the start of your flight so you can help preserve that battery life for the duration of your flight.

Long flights are no fun at all, but we can combat the way we travel to make sure that they aren’t as bad as they could be. If you have these essentials or at least some of them, then it will not only help your flight time tick by but make for a more comfortable experience. Just make sure you take a little time and prepare for the flight with things that you want to do or like to do. If you love to read, bring a book, or if you love to play games, make sure your phone is charged. Just make sure you are doing your prep work to make sure you aren’t without something that you want. 

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