Long Flight Survival Kit + Flying Tips

If you’re flying for more than 5 hours, you’ll thank yourself for bringing along these items. Most won’t take up much more room in your bag. I never fly without my flight survival kit.

Long Flight Survival Kit Flying Tips1. Contoured sleep mask – Lets you blink freely and won’t interfere with REM or eye makeup.

2. Neck pillow – Inflatable & travel friendly. The flat-back design won’t push your head forward like other neck pillows. Will help prevent neck pain and encourage sleep.

3. Noise-cancelling headphones – Block out crying babies and engine noise when listening to music or watching in-flight movies. These Bose headphones are CNET’s pick for best noise-cancelling headphones of 2015. Comes with traveling case.

4. Ear plugs – When you want to sleep on a flight, ear plugs are essential.

5. Emergen-C – Bring along packets of these Vitamin C powders. Mix with water and drink to boost immune system and fight off colds.

6. Face oil – The air on planes is so drying, so use Jose Maran’s 100% Pure Argan Oil Light. Oils are more moisturizing than regular face moisturizers and this one absorbs quickly and leaves a semi-matte finish. It’s free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates.

7. Lip balm – Keep your lips moist too with The Honest Company’s Organic Lip Balm. It contains no synthetic ingredients or flavours.

8. Mouth wash – If you’re on a longer flight, you might also want to bring your toothbrush with a travel-size toothpaste. This mouthwash is from Aesop’s Boston Travel Kit, which we recommend because these TSA-friendly bottles have all your other beauty needs covered too. Take the bottles you need out for your survival kit, and leave the rest in the suitcase. The bottles are refillable.


You might also find it helpful to have:

Long Flight Survival Kit Flying Tips

9. Chunky scarf – Doubles as a blanket. This extrafine Merino wool scarf by Everlane is made ethically in China.

10. Kindle Paperwhite – If you’re a bibliophilie, a Kindle is essential. This light device holds thousands of books and a single battery charge lasts up to 6 weeks.

11. Herbal Tea – bring a couple of Yogi Bedtime tea bags to replace the black tea they serve on planes after meals.


  • If you have a long-haul flight during the day and you want to sleep on the plane, wake up earlier than you’re used to. By the time you get on the plane, you’ll want to take a nap.
  • The air on the plane may cause dry eyes, but instead of relying on eye drops, do this simple exercise to help produce moisture from your tear ducts: close your eyes and slowly look from right to left in a half-moon curve. Do this 10 times per set, as often as you want to.
  • Stay hydrated throughout the flight. After clearing security, buy a big bottle of water (or better yet, fill up your reusable bottle at a water station) to take on your flight. Coconut water is also very hydrating.
  • You never know how hot or cold it’s going to be on a plane, so wear layers. Stay comfortable by wearing loose or stretchy clothing.
  • Feet can expand due to cabin pressure, so wear shoes that can easily slip off, but do wear socks.
  • Choose an aisle seat so you can easily stand up and stretch or take washroom breaks.
Do you have any flying tips? Share in the comments below!

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