Most people nowadays have been on a flight for personal or business reasons. Some, however, have never experienced an international flight which can be a much different story. While the average international flight length is six hours, some can be ten to twelve and the longest, from Dallas to Sydney, Australia, is a whopping 16 hours. That’s a long time being cooped up in an airplane! If you have an international flight scheduled, you need to pay attention to what you pack in your carry-on. Here are some must-have items that make your trip easier to endure.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
You can probably handle the engine sounds (and all the other various noises) that happen on a 3-hour flight, but they can become much more troublesome when you’re exposed to them for 10 hours. Bring some noise-cancelling headphones that will help you relax and sleep and can even save your sanity if you’re seated in front of incessant talkers or unhappy babies.
A Small Blanket or Sweater
Flights have unpredictable temps. If you’re sitting next to someone who blasts the fan the entire trip or if the flight crew goes a little A/C happy, you could be in for some frozen misery. Though many flights will give out a limited number of small blankets, it’s always best to plan ahead and bring your own. You can pack a cardigan or hoodie to throw on if you get chilly or a small blanket to wrap yourself up in for a cozy nap.