Depending on your flight, you may want a half hour snooze or a full-blown 8 hours of sleep to be fresh when you get to your destination. You don’t want to be at the mercy of whatever type of pillow (if any) the airline gives out, so it’s well worth the hassle to bring your own. Even if you have to haul it around the airport and in your cab, you’ll thank yourself for bringing it when you’re ready to shut your eyes and need to get comfy.
When you’re flying internationally, you usually to fill out forms while on the plane to legally enter a new country. When this happens, you usually see a mad scramble for passengers to borrow pens from the flight crew’s limited supply. Be one of the few who comes prepared with an easily accessible writing utensil. If you really want to make some friends on the flight, bring extras!
A Book, Magazines, or Other Hobby Material
Short flights are easily passed with some daydreaming, an in-flight cocktail, and idle conversation with random passengers. International flights usually don’t play by the same rules. If you don’t want to go crazy with boredom, make sure you pack the novel you’re reading, a few interesting magazines, or whatever else will keep you entertained for a few hours.
You never know what will happen when you’re stuck in an enclosed space for 6-16 hours with a bunch of strangers. Spilled coffee, sticky children, and stress sweat are just a few of the conditions you may encounter and you’ll be glad you packed some wet wipes when you do. If nothing else, these are very handy for a little sponge bath in the bathroom when you’re coming off 14 hours of no showering and are facing another 2 hours on a bus to reach your final destination.
Some of the most exciting places in the world to visit involve an international flight. If you’re about to embark on a flight that will take you over oceans or thousands of miles of land, do some smart packing to make it as enjoyable as possible.
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