18 Things Frequent Travelers Always Bring On Long-Haul Flights

Frequent flyers swear by hydrating skin care products, noise-canceling headphones, compression socks and more when traveling extra-long distances.

Traveling to far-flung destinations is exciting. The hours-long plane journey to get there? A little less so. Be it cramped quarters, dehydrating cabin conditions or disruptive fellow passengers, long-haul flights can be uncomfortable.

Desperate to crack the code on better flying, I corresponded with four frequent jet-setters who are well accustomed to flying long distances. (After taking a peek inside their thoughtfully curated bags of travel essentials, I’m curious how I ever lasted on that one flight to Australia I took several years ago.) 

San Francisco-based travel influencer Catarina Mello told me that long-haul flyers should dress in layers, bring lots of snacks and download all of their movies, music and books ahead of time. 

If jet lag is a concern, Helene Sula, a travel and lifestyle blogger who travels frequently between the United States and Europe, said to “try and stay up [when you arrive at your destination] until it’s night time there! That is your best bet to avoid jet lag and hit the ground running for your trip.” Or, as solo travel influencer Ciara Johnson suggested, you can use Timeshifter, an app that claims to help your circadian rhythm. 

Before your next big trip, consider flying like the experts by shopping their favorite products from the list ahead.  

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A bendable memory foam neck pillow

A USB-A and C lightning charger

A pair of pocketed ribbed joggers

A 12-pack of moldable silicone ear plugs

An intensive hydration serum for thirsty skin

A 12-pack of refillable gel pens

A 500-count bestselling and classic NSAID pain reliever

A pair of knee-high compression socks

A nourishing blot-off face mask

A richly hydrating hand cream

An oversized blanket scarf

A Kindle Paperwhite e-reader

A pair of Bose noise-cancelling headphones

A travel pack of Clorox disinfecting wipes

A popular concentrated hand cream

A set of three contoured sleep masks

The second generation of Apple Airpods Pro

An oversized cotton and fleece hoodie

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