Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, your suitcase isn’t the only thing you need to pack. Your personal item is also important to prepare for your trip and also for the plane. Planes aren’t the most relaxing form of transportation, but they can make getting to a place faster and easier. Instead of counting down the hours and minutes until you land, there are seven items that can help your time on the plane a little more enjoyable.

1. Water bottle

Airlines don’t offer free meals anymore and some may not even offer free drinks. With this in mind, it can be extremely helpful to pack a water bottle with you. Be sure to empty your water before you go through security. Then, before you get to your gate you can fill the bottle at a water fountain or water station. As a another note, airlines have been reported to have unsanitary water as well so it’s probably better to bring your own anyway.


2. Headphones

Headphones are a great way to block the noise in an airplane. Noise-cancelling headphones are a great investment and you’ll be able to relax more without the extra noise. There are a variety of brands and you’ll notice the difference immediately.

3. Snacks

Sometimes pretzels and peanuts just don’t cut it. You’ll be much happier if you take the time to pack your own snacks. It may even be worthwhile to purchase a few before you board. In case of delays, you’ll be glad you came prepared and don’t have to live off of mediocre salty snacks. When you’re packing your snacks, keep in mind that the security liquids rule also applies to food so don’t pack too much salad dressing or any other liquids.

4. Layers

Airplanes can get cold, so it’s important to dress in layers and also pack a light jacket just in case. A flight can be miserable if you’re freezing or sweating, so be sure to anticipate a change in climate even inside of the airplane.

5. Book or magazine

Some airlines offer in-flight entertainment where you can watch movies and television shows, but a flight can be a great time to catch up on some reading. There are limited interruptions and you’ll be able to really dive into a good book or magazine. They also don’t take up too much space, so consider packing this in your personal item bag too!

Travel Pillow

6. Travel pillow

If you’ve never used a travel pillow, your next trip will be far more comfortable, and your neck will thank you. Travel pillows allow you to fully relax and may even be better than reclining in your chair. There are a variety of options and they’re fairly affordable too.

7. Medications

If you have medications, do not pack them in your check-in luggage. Be sure to bring them with you just in case. It also doesn’t hurt to pack a few pain relievers or anti-nausea medication if the flight has a lot of turbulence. At any rate, being prepared always pays off!

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