Top 5 Items Flight Attendants Recommend Bringing On The Plane

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When traveling by plane on your vacation or business trip, one of the most important pieces of luggage that you will pack is your carry-on bag. This will be your only available supplies before and during your flight, so it’s important to make sure you pack all the essentials to make your flight most comfortable. It’s always good to have a checklist, especially when it comes from someone who flies for a living. Here are the Top 5 items flight attendants recommend bringing on the plane with you.

1.) Headphones

Many airlines include mini-entertainment systems on their flights, and you can usually purchase ear phones for a fee. But why do that when you can bring your own? Most jacks will accommodate headphones you bring from home. They’re also essential if you plan on using any electronics you’ve brought yourself.

2.) Water Bottle

Even though you can’t bring fluids in through security, there are many areas in the terminals you will be able to fill up your water bottle before embarking on your flight. While flight attendants are often more than happy to accommodate those who need water, it will often interrupt their scheduled routine unless requested during beverage service. So whether you will need water for your medication or you’re just thirsty, it is best to have your source of water with you so you will not have to flag down the attendant or end up waiting a long time for your drink.

3.) Medication You Might Need

It might be a no-brainer to pack time-sensitive medication in your carry-on, but it’s also smart to bring any over-the-counter meds you might need during a flight. Such things as antacids, Tylenol, Advil, anti-nausea, and sleeping medications, may not be readily available from flight attendants and for the medication they do have it may take a little while to get as flight attendants are often occupied with their routine duties during flight. Also remember, lots of these come in travel size!

4.) Any Necessary Sleeping Comforts

All flights offer some form of pillow or blanket for passengers who want some extra comfort to get a little shut-eye. But lets be real here, what they provide is mediocre at best. If you have particular comfort items that help you sleep such as a soft pillow or eye mask, be sure to pack them in your carry-on. You can often find extremely comfortable travel pillows that will give you neck support and comfort all in a small easy to travel with size.

5.) Gum

Even travelers who don’t typically have complications with their ears can develop ear pressure issues on flights. This build-up of pressure can result in hearing difficulties as well as pain. One of the best ways to reduce pressure problems and get your ears to pop so that they equalize the pressure is by chewing gum during takeoff and landing. If you are traveling with children who are old enough to chew gum, it is recommended to bring them some as well as ear pressure can be quite startling and painful to a child with more immature ear canals. Carrying gum with you on the flight will also provide you with a quick breath freshener if you plan on sleeping during the trip.


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