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With Spring Break behind us, it’s time to start thinking about your next trip! It’s important to have a reliable bag of your essentials that will be there for you to make your trip (and the flight there) as enjoyable as possible. I have created a list of what I always need with me before take-off. 

  1. Things to Chew

Gum is a must, especially to help your ears adjust to changes in air pressure. Plus, I’m sure your seat neighbor will appreciate your fresh breath! Bringing snacks can also be useful, since you will likely be traveling for many hours during the day. It is also much more cost-effective!

  1. Water Bottle

Although you can’t bring a full water bottle through security checkpoints in the airport, you should still bring your empty water and fill it once you are through. Planes and airports have extremely dry air, so you have to put a little extra effort into staying hydrated. You should include a hand cream into your packing too!

  1. Something Soft

Planes tend to be cold, so I like to make sure I have a sweatshirt, a blanket, or a scarf with me, even if my destination is going to be warm.

  1. Technology

As for my tech needs on-board, they aren’t extensive. A pair of headphones is the most important thing for me, so I can listen to some music or watch an in-flight movie. Some older planes don’t have seat chargers, so it can also be handy to bring a portable charger.

  1. Something Fun

This item is definitely the best one: bring something that will make the people in the row wonder where you’re coming from and where you’re going. Stay mysterious. Think books, a coloring set, a Nintendo. 

  1. Bonus item: A Neck Pillow

I add this as a bonus because having a neck pillow isn’t important on any part of the trip besides during the traveling bit. Typically I skip out on the official neck pillow, and instead I end up with some other support made out of my aforementioned “Something Soft”. Regardless, it can be useful to have something to rest your head on if you fall asleep to ensure you don’t hurt your neck!

Safe travels out there!

I am a junior majoring in Fashion Merchandising and Management.