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What to Bring on an Airplane

Updated on February 23, 2011

Essential Things to Bring on an Airplane Flight - From Travel Pillows to Video Games

What are you going to bring on your long airplane flight? What things will you need to bring on a plane that you might not have thought of? Read some suggested essential products to bring with you for a more enjoyable flight below, like the comfort of a great travel pillow, the fun of a portable Nintendo DS video game system, or the simplicity of travel size products. These airplane essentials will be lifesavers for those cross country flights!

Caselogic Check Point Friendly Laptop Roller Carry On Luggage - Get through security checkpoints fast with this luggage

Case Logic ZLRS-117 Check Point Friendly 17-Inch Laptop Roller (Black)
Case Logic ZLRS-117 Check Point Friendly 17-Inch Laptop Roller (Black)

This bag was made to be easily accessible at security checkpoints. Isn't it a drag when security makes you open your luggage and rifles through everything? This bag was made to make organization easier, and is easier for them to look through quickly.The vertical orientation smoothly rolls down the airport aisles and walkways. Smart organization compartments and zippered pockets make this bag perfect to carry an extra set of clothes, your laptop, and business essentials you'll need.

 

Nintendo DS - Portable Nintendo game system - the DS goes everywhere!

Nintendo DS Lite Cobalt / Black
Nintendo DS Lite Cobalt / Black

The Nintendo DS system is a lifesaver when it comes to flying. A few rounds of New Super Mario and you'll be back on the ground, wondering where the time went. This game system has been widely acclaimed for its great ability to travel while still maintaing all of the fun of the big game versions on the Wii. Games are also relatively cheap. Just one or two can consume an entire flight!

 

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Portable DVD Player - Watch your favorite movies on a portable DVD player

Philips PET741B/37 Portable DVD Player with 7-Inch LCD, Black (2009 Model)
Philips PET741B/37 Portable DVD Player with 7-Inch LCD, Black (2009 Model)

Those in flight romantic comedies are dreadful when you're flying long distances. No one wants to sit there and be bored to tears by JLo and Matthew Mcconaughey. Choose your own movies, whatever they might be, rent some from Netflix, or just hit the store or your collection before you leave and have a great collection to choose from. The flight will be over before you know it!

 

Travel Chess Set - Play a game of your chess with your seat neighbor

Yellow Mountain Imports Travel Magnetic Chess Mini-Set
Yellow Mountain Imports Travel Magnetic Chess Mini-Set

If you know the person you sit next to, or even if you don't, this travel chess set will certainly pass the time! The pieces are magnetic, so you won't have to worry about the pieces moving about. This another great brain teaser that will make you actually enjoy flying!

 

Insulated Lunch Bag - Carry your own food on board the plane!

Insulated Thermal Cooler Bag Lunch Box (PVC FREE Material) Navy Blue 6 CAN OR 24 CAN
Insulated Thermal Cooler Bag Lunch Box (PVC FREE Material) Navy Blue 6 CAN OR 24 CAN

Why rely on the gross food at the airport? It's often not tasty, not fresh, and not good for you. By packing your own, you'll be saving money, getting fresh food, and be sure of what you're getting. You can also pack more of it, and not worry about running out with this big insulated lunch bag. There's tons of room for sandwiches, snacks, fruit, leftovers, or anything else you want to bring. One thing to remember - you will have to buy drinks on the plane or at the airport, because TSA does not allow you to bring drinks past security.

 

Five Things to Keep in Mind When Headed to the Airport

Airplane rules and tips for a better flight

Flying isn't always a headache, but sometimes it can be frustrating. Luckily, if you're prepared enough, you can alleviate some of those frustrations and have less headaches to worry about. Here are some things to keep in mind before you head off to the airport:

  1. Don't do the curbside check in. It seems convenient, but it's actually more prone to getting your luggage lost, the last thing you want to deal with on your flight.
  2. Book a non stop flight if possible. Sure, it's good stretch your legs, but adding additional stops on your flight will increase the chances of your luggage getting lost, and increase the chances of you hitting a delayed flight.
  3. Reserve an aisle or window seat. Aisle seats are great for people that like to get up and stretch often. Window seats have the view, and a little bit more legroom. The middle is the pits, so book early to avoid getting those seats.
  4. Pack your bags at least the night before. Pack early so you won't forgot something, and bring ziploc bags to contain clothing, wet clothing, and to contain things that might be floating around your luggage.
  5. Visit the vacation preparation checklist page to read a checklist of things to do before you head out the door.

Ultimate Inflatable Travel Pillow - An essential travel pillow for long flights!

Travelrest - Ultimate Travel Pillow / Neck Pillow - Best Ergonomic, Patented & Adjustable Travel Accessories for Airplanes, Cars, Buses, Trains, Office Napping, Camping, Wheelchairs (Rolls Up Small)
Travelrest - Ultimate Travel Pillow / Neck Pillow - Best Ergonomic, Patented & Adjustable Travel Accessories for Airplanes, Cars, Buses, Trains, Office Napping, Camping, Wheelchairs (Rolls Up Small)

This is the perfect travel companion to help you get some deep, relaxing sleep before you land. This pillow inflates into a vertical, extremely comfortable cushion that can be placed in your lap, running all the way up to your head. Lean on it, snuggle with it, then deflate it and pack it away like it was never there. It's worth every penny to get that much needed sleep before your vacation begins!

 

Puzzle Books - Challenge your brain on the long airplane ride with this book

The Brainiest Insaniest Ultimate Puzzle Book!
The Brainiest Insaniest Ultimate Puzzle Book!

The brain can be left hanging when you're stuck in the same spot for hours on end. That's why it's important to keep your brain challenged and happy with the right "food." A good puzzle book, crossword puzzle, or other brain teaser will take up time, while performing the necessary brain maintenance that you should be doing anyway. Yes, brains do need to be exercised, and puzzles like these are a great way to keep it healthy.

 

Ultralight Eye Mask - Shut out the airplane lights with a good sleep mask

Bucky  40 Blinks Mask Ultralight Eye Mask
Bucky 40 Blinks Mask Ultralight Eye Mask

With a good sleep mask, you're getting the rest you deserve and need, and that's all that matters. Shut out all of that airplane light and pretend it's complete and utter darkness with one of these well reviewed sleep masks. The best part is, you'll be well rested when you get to your destination, so you'll be able to get your money's worth from your trip! Consider it an investment in yourself.

 

Travel Size Essentials for the Plane Ride - Stuff that's small enough to be carried on (and not be confiscated by TSA)

These travel size containers are perfect for travel, and can be carried on because they are less than 2 oz per container.

Colgate Total Original Toothpaste, Trial Size - 0.75 oz - Clean Mint
Colgate Total Original Toothpaste, Trial Size - 0.75 oz - Clean Mint

A fresh mouth can really wake you up after a long flight.

 
Travel Size Mouthwash - Scope
Travel Size Mouthwash - Scope

Mouthwash is something that can also help relieve some jetlag symptoms just by cleaning up your mouth.

 
Clinique Comforting Cream Cleanser 1 Oz.
Clinique Comforting Cream Cleanser 1 Oz.

Comforting cleanser, which will help hydrate your skin after the long, skin drying flight.

 
Airline Empty Bottle Travel Pack Set ~ Meets T.S.A. Airline Regulations
Airline Empty Bottle Travel Pack Set ~ Meets T.S.A. Airline Regulations

All of these empty bottles meet TSA airline regulations. Carry on whatever liquids you need to with one of these sets!

 

Thanks for stopping by! If you have something that you think is worth telling people about that they should travel with, then let everyone know in the guestbook here below!

Intro photo of airplane by Yuichi Kosio on flickr under Creative Commons 2.0.

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      air ambulance s 4 years ago

      I love those laptop roller cases...just seems like no matter how much you spend on them, they wind up getting damaged after only a couple flights.

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      piedromolinero 7 years ago

      Some really good suggestions. The only thing I need though, is a pillow, as I usually fall asleep already before take off.

    • RhondaAlbom profile image

      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Some great ideas for things to bring on a plane. We also bring an empty water bottle and fill it up in a water fountain after we pass security.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I like to keep my feet on the ground, but some great tip, nice lens! - Kathy