Road Warrior Files No.7: Long Flight Essentials

Greetings from Amsterdam!

I have done more trans-Atlantic flights in the last six months than in the past six years, and while I hate being seated for 6+ hours, there are some ways to make these flights much more enjoyable. Below are some tips for making a long haul flight more enjoyable.

Essentials for a long flight

Noise Cancelling Headphones

I didn’t think these were necessary when I first got them, but now I cannot imagine a long flight without them. They drown out the loud hum of the plane and I sleep much better in them than I did before.


I usually download some good shows on the Amazon Prime or Xfinity TV apps. If you didn’t know, Amazon allows you to download specific shows to watch offline. You can download ~10 at a time and this is an awesome perk of Prime. I also download some crossword puzzles on the NYTimes Crossword App to work on in the air. Also, there have been a lot of great movies on Delta Studio recently, including The Big Short and Spotlight – and as I am trying to catch up on my Oscar Nominees, I have devoured those.

Eye Mask

These usually come free in Economy Comfort, but I would bring my own if I was seated in another area. While the planes lights dim at some point, these make zoning out what is going on around you much easier. These are pretty cute!

Water Bottle

While you cannot bring the water through security, I bring an empty water bottle because you never get enough water on the flights, and staying hydrated is so important on a long flight. I LOVE my Swell Bottle (I have the 25oz) because it keeps the water really cold for the duration of the flight. Also, when the flight attendants come around with water, always grab extra! I would rather be overhydrated and have to get up to pee, rather than be dehydrated when I land.


Airplanes are so dry, and my lips always get super chapped on flights. I always have a chapstick on hand for reapplying during the flight. This is one of my current favorites!


My feet always swell during a flight, and I don’t like wearing shoes if I can avoid it. I usually bring a pair of thick socks to wear after take off. Plus, if you’re wearing thick socks, your feet won’t get cold during the flight and you can move your toes around more. These are my favorite thick socks for winter and flights!

Cashmere Scarf

I always bring a big cashmere scarf on the plane with me to use a blanket or as a neck pillow. Either way, the scarf always comes in handy during the flight, and I would rather wrap myself in my own scarf than a plastic wrapped synthetic blanket.

What are your favorite flight essentials?

Happy Travels!