Planning your next short break? Here are the must-bring items that will make your next flight much more enjoyable…
When I first started writing this post I really didn’t think I would spend so much time talking about tech. I’m so unmoved by tech; never will you see me getting excited about a new iPhone… unless we’re talking about Portrait mode. However, it appears that tech is key for making your life easier – particularly when travelling. From being able to watch your favourite TV shows on your phone to charging on the go, I’m officially sold. So here are my top tips for making your next flight more comfortable…
1) I’m sure most people reading this will do this already, but definitely make sure you download your airline app and save your boarding pass onto your wallet. When I see people going through the airport with their crumpled paper boarding passes I just want to stop them and tell them, no, there’s a much better way. No remembering which pocket you put it in, no worrying about losing it, no stressing about where you’re going to find a printer at the hotel, it’s all just there in one place.
“Having the Netflix and Amazon apps on my phone has been a total game changer for me when I travel – just make sure you download what you want before you leave.”
2) Download your favourite movies on your phone. This has to be the most important thing for me. I have both the Netflix and Amazon apps on my phone and they’ve been a total game changer. Don’t be like me and forget to download before you leave, as that means you’ll be frantically doing it on the airport WI-Fi while the minutes to your departure time gets ever closer. On the plus side, I rediscovered One Tree Hill on my last flight to Budapest and have been loving it ever since.
3) Following on from the above, a portable charger is a must. Who wants to be watching a movie knowing that you’ve only got 8% of charge left? Absolutely no one, that’s who. Charge up your phone before you leave the house and you can give it a quick boost whenever you need it.
4) Following on from the above (yes, more tech!) if you can find a dual-headed headphone adaptor then you’re onto a winner. That means you can watch or listen to whatever you like while you’re charging at the same time. Trust me, you really don’t want to have to choose between the two mid-flight.
“It’s important to have layers that can be worn, wrapped around you, or shoved in a bag under the seat in front of you when you get too hot.”
5) A medium thickness scarf that can double as a blanket. When you’re going through an airport the temperature is changing all the time; when you’re standing in the queue to board you’re boiling and then when you’re standing in the queue on the runway you’re freezing… and then when you’re standing in the aisle waiting to get your seat you’re boiling again. You can tell I travel Ryanair a lot with all this queuing, right? Anyway, this means it’s important to have layers than can be worn, wrapped around you, or shoved in a bag under the seat in front of you when you get too hot.
6) If you wear contact lenses then absolutely definitely make sure you pack your glasses in your hand luggage. Nothing stresses me out more than the thought of rocking up to an eight hour flight and realising that my glasses are in my hold luggage. Recycled air = instant dry eyes. The second I’m in my seat on the plane I’m taking my lenses out and putting my glasses on.
“I love going to Waterstones in the airport and picking up a new book, but having a non-digital product has a practical purpose for take-off and landing.”
7) Bring snacks. You don’t ever want to have to rely on the limp-looking toasties being served up by the Ryanair cabin crew – they never look like they do in the brochure. Instead, swing by Superdrug in the departure lounge and stock up on your favourite nibbles. My go-to snack is always the Eat Natural Almond and Apricot bar as it’s surprisingly filling and not too sticky or crumbly.
8) A book or a magazine. I love nothing more than going to Waterstones in the airport and picking up a new book whenever I go on holiday, but having a non-digital product also has a practical purpose. Cabin crew can still be quite strict about making you switch off your devices during take off and landing, and so it’s good to have a back-up option in print format. And if the landing is anything like the last one I had (turbulence a-plenty) it’s good to have a distraction from it.