Nothing can put a damper on a trip like a long flight. Whether you’re flying International or domestic, boredom, fatigue and discomfort can quickly set in. Having an arsenal of travel accessories at-the-ready can help you remain entertained, prevent jet lag and cope with incessant noise from other passengers.
Best Accessories for Flights
Zensah Compression Leg Sleeves
The threat of blood clots, swollen ankles and tired legs are often synonymous with long flights. You can prevent this from happening on your next flight with the Zensah Compression Leg Sleeves. Typically worn by triathletes, runners and cyclists, the compression sleeves come in an assortment of colours. They are also ideal for prevent aches, clots and swelling when traveling mid-air for long periods of time.
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones
Inflight airline headsets typically have the capabilities to drown out the noise from the plane’s engines and that of the other passengers. However, the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones are comfortable to wear for long flights, and the sound is impeccable. The latest technological advances filter outannoying noises without having to turn up the volume.
Luxe Travel Blanket
Airline cabins can fluctuate in temperature. If you’re scheduled on an overnight flight, you’ll also want something comfortable and warm to drape as you sleep. Unfortunately, airline pillows and blankets can house bacteria and germs. The Luxe Travel Blanket is larger than your standard blankets. It also offers roomy compartments to place your feet and keep them warm. It’s also static-free, machine washable and easy to pack in your carry-on bag.
Cabeau Memory Foam Travel Pillow
The Cabeau Memory Foam Travel Pillow provides comfort and neck relief when you have a long flight ahead of you. Constructed out of the highest quality memory foam material, the travel pillow also features adjustable toggles to hold the pillow in place, raised supports on the side for chin and head support and back cushion to keep your head from falling forward. The cover is also machine washable.
Versatile Toiletry Kits
If you’re looking to freshen up after a long flight, you won’t want to be without a properly filled toiletry kit. From tooth paste and toothbrushes to travel soaps and mouthwash, your toiletry bag should be small enough to fit in your carry-on. It should also have enough room to hold all of your essentials. From hanging and designer kits to cosmetic cases and TSA compliant, you’ll find a wide selection of versatile bags.
Relaxing Sleep Masks
Business and first class passengers can typically depend on a kit of amenities when they arrive on-flight. However, you may want to carry your own personal sleep mask for your next long flight. Designed to keep the light out, the sleep mask is soft, lightweight and contoured to fit comfortably on your face.
In addition to toiletries, headphones and sleep masks, your carry-on luggage is going to need to house other important long flight items such as electronic devices, magazines, eReaders and more. While your carry-on piece needs to fit into the planes overhead bin, it should also be easy to open, durable and have plenty of compartments for storage.
Best Travel Accessories Gifts
A travel item makes for a great gift, particularly if the recipient is taking a holiday soon or is a regular traveller.
There is a big caveat though – unless you know the exact travel needs for the recipient of the travel gift then it could end up being unwanted. This is particularly the case with items of luggage, suitcases and the like that are bought on a need-to-purchase basis and come in many styles that are chosen according to the purchasers taste and style. You could always ask the recipient if an item of luggage is needed and which one they like but this takes out the great joy of gift-giving, the surprise element.
Consequently the best travel gifts are travel accessories. Travel accessories serve a purpose for a traveller and are less likely to be available in different designs or colours. Think of a few of the many travel accessories – luggage scales, travel adaptors, sleeping masks and packing cubes. None of these items would be subject to a persons favourite colour or style so they make ideal travel gifts and take most of the guess work out of the gift buying.
The main thing to consider is whether the recipient already has the particular travel accessory you are considering purchasing for them. This can be resolved by subtlety posing a question “oh, I took a [insert travel accessory here] last time I was on holiday, it was very useful, have you taken one with you before”. Once you have got the information you require, downplay it or change the conversation completely so that your friend doesn’t rush out to buy the same item as your intended travel gift.
Due to the vast number of travel accessories that are available (plus new ones coming out all the time) you will never be short of options for your gift regardless of how large their current collection of travel accessories is.
To help you on your way in choosing the best travel gift for your friend we have prepared the list below which features some suggestions. We welcome you to suggest further travel accessories in the comments below:
Travel Pillows and Sleeping Masks – Great products for getting some sleep on the plane.
Travel Wallet – An oversize wallet for organising your travel documents.
Packing Cubes – Great for the organised person allowing you to separate your packing.
Compression Bags – Simple way to reduce the space clothes take up by allowing you to squeeze air out of items.
Travel Towel – At a fraction of the size of a regular towel, these ultra absorbent micro-fibre towels are ideal for taking on holiday.
Dry Pouch – These days we want our smart phone with us at all times, even at the beach. A dry pouch is a small waterproof pouch that you can place your smart phone in to protect it from splashes and sand.
Flight Socks – Originally designed for prevention of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) these tight fitting socks have become popular with travellers to change into once they board the plane.
Guide Book – The demise of the travel guide book was clearly overstated as an initial drop in sales in the recent digital age has plateaued as travellers remain keen on having a physical guide and a place to make notes.
Some travel accessories can be quite small and inexpensive so it could be necessary to purchase a few to make up a bundle,
Travel Pillow Guide
Travel pillows are a great accessory to take on trips giving you comfort and a chance to rest when you normally wouldn’t.
Whichever method of travel you are using a travel pillow is one of the most important travel accessories for your holiday, here are a few of the different types:
1. Inflatable travel pillow
The inflatable travel pillow works by air filling the pillow. This type is comfortable and offers support for your neck and head. When you are not using it, the inflatable travel pillow can be compressed by opening the valve and squeezing the air out of it. The fact that it compresses to a small size you can fit it easily into your pocket or carry on suitcase or any kind of cabin luggage. They are fairly durable but you need to be careful around sharp objects in case of a puncture, they may be washable or at least wipeable with a damp, soapy cloth
Most inflatable travel pillows are horse-shoe shaped offering a supported place for your head to rest. Inflatable travel pillows come in a wide variety of colours to suit any taste. Often they are also the cheapest of travel pillows available.
2. Firm travel pillow
The stuffing of the travel pillow can include a number of different materials for example memory foam, regular foam, beads, gel and feather. The most blissful pillow is filled with eco-friendly fillings, which can effectively cradle your neck and head for a firm support. For example, the pure wool-filled pillows are soft, thick, warm, lightweight and long lasting. Another eco-friendly filled pillow is buckwheat pillow, which are filled with hulls, providing passive support and preventing any forceful feeling.
However, when choosing a filled pillow, be careful with those water-filled ones. Water used as filling can provide an immediate cool comfortable place to rest your head, but water pillows are virtually heavy and few would like to pack a bag of water in their luggage where weight and space are strictly restricted.
3. Kids travel pillow
When travelling with your children you want to make them as comfortable as possible, whether you are getting to your destination by bus, car, plane or boat.You may have an extra adult travel pillow for them to use however this might not be the best option as kids travel pillows are smaller and designed to fit a smaller head. There are numerous styles available in children’s travel pillows. Depending on how old your child is you can choose from several options: a car seat kids travel pillows is suitable for toddlers, neck pillows in colourful characters are suitable for older kids and can provide some entertainment.
4. Car pillow
Car pillows or the lumber/neck pillows for use in vehicles offer support and relief to the drivers’ back and neck areas whilst they are driving. Many individuals who regularly drive long distances never leave without their chosen car pillow so if you have a long drive ahead of you take a leaf out of their book and check out a car pillow. Consider your seat configuration before purchasing as many car pillows will only fit on certain seat types, in these cases a regular travel pillow might suffice.
Features to look for when choosing a travel pillow:
Focus on lightweight design as well as excellent neck-head support when shopping for a travel pillow. An inflatable pillow is ideal for light and easy packing, while a filled pillow is great for full head-neck support. Your travel pillows should be either self-inflatable or blown up in just a few seconds when needed. Choose the travel pillows that can be compacted into a small size to fit your luggage.
2. Ergonomic design
Before buying a travel pillow, try to blow it up or let it loose at store and test whether it fits your head. The best pillows take on ergonomic design which can offer excellent support molded to your head or body. Some inflatable pillows have more than one air chamber. They can be adjusted to fit any part of the body. Please remember, comfort is the first focus. For the filled pillows, shop for the adjustable and removable filling. These fillings can be moved or adjusted to achieve a better position. Some have zippered inner liner design, allowing you to adjust the fullness by removing some of the organic filling.
Your travel pillows will probably get dirty after several trips, and you may consider cleaning them. Choose a washable travel pillow, so you can always keep it clean.
Make sure the pillow has a removable, washable cover. You can also check the product information tag to make sure it is machine washable. Choose the pillow with a rear zipper, which allows cover to be removed for washing and easy care.