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Top 9 Items to Pack When Flying

When taking a long flight, you want to make sure you are fully prepared even for those minor things that just seem to pop up. I have learned firsthand what to NOT do when taking an international flight and prepared a list of the top items I take when flying to avoid any minor hiccups in the road. (Going to list in no particular order)


1. Compressed Water Bottle


This sucker comes in handy when not wanting to spend more money at the airport for a $5 bottle of water and looking for a way to not take up even more room. I clipped my compressed bottle at the end of my bookbag which I was able to carry through TSA with no liquids in it. Meaning, I went through the TSA with the bottle compressed. BUTTT once you get through TSA, go to one of the water fountains and fill that bottle up for FREE! Yup, use that free water to save you $5!


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To add to this, go a few days before your flight to the grocery store and pick up a packet of flavored powdered for your water. BOOM just turned it into strawberry lemonade! That’s my go-to choice always.


2. Compression Socks


These come in handy on long flights when unable to move around which keeps your flood flowing. Little to no movement on these long flights mixed with pressure can cause feet and ankles to become swollen and hear it can be incredibly painful. Especially for those red-eye flights where you plan on sleeping the whole time, so you know you are not moving around. My first international flight was to Paris which was about an 8-hour flight after a layover in Philadelphia and was landing at 7:55 am, so like many, I was trying to get a good night's rest.


After the plane landed and I was walking off the airplane, I had no pain in my ankles or feet and was not swollen! The ones below are the exact ones I used and will be reusing them very soon!


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3. Neck Pillow


This is my all-time must when flying anywhere! A neck pillow that works for you can make the difference of walking off that plane feeling just dirty and gross vs. walking off the plane feeling like you are ready to tackle this destination. I have learned that moving the neck pillow all around when trying to find that perfect position can come in handy. My preferred position of the neck pillow is having the clip on my left side of my head and being able to lean my head to the right. For some odd reason, this position allows me to put my head in multiple positions and be comfortable. No whiplash or anything!


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4. Light Blanket


This is something you should take if you like being covered up when on the couch and relaxing. Not everyone is a blanket person, but for those who are, TAKE IT! I have learned from my years of flying that no jacket, over-sized hoodie compares to having this blanket. Not to hot to where I am taking it on and off and not too thin where I stay uncomfortably cold.


I first used an American Airlines one I got a few years ago when flying to Miami and love that it was super thin and took up no extra room. Plus, it’s a quick grab when not wanting to be “that person” when boarding the flight holding the lineup. (Please don’t be this person and have your stuff prepared!) I now use a Disneyland Paris thin blanket because it is just the right size and right thickness. Plus, I just love Disney!


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