You know who loves a trip through the sky in a metal tube with 300 strangers, stale air and no space to move, bookended by the indignity of the modern airport? No one. OK, it’s not like being burned with the fire of a thousand suns or anything, but when the best thing you can say about a plane trip is that it was “uneventful,” there’s room for improvement. And we’re not just talking first-class upgrades, free passes to the sky lounge or *gasp* an on-time flight. Even without that stuff, the following gear makes air travel a far less painful experience…Photo Credit: iStock.com/franckreporter
Wrapanap ($25, Wrapanap): This all-in-one travel pillow, with earmuffs and a sleep mask help cushion your head or neck, and block out light and noise. You may not qualify as stylish, but you’re sure as heck gonna emerge from your flight more well-rested (and attractive with fewer bags under your eyes).
Airhook ($25, Mr. Cer Tech Corporation): Not enamored with the paltry accommodations of your economy seat? The Airhook can seriously up your sky-bound comfort factor. It’s a drink holder and mount for electronics that attaches to the tray table. Simple and effective.
Bluesmart One ($449, Bluesmart): Hold onto your hat (and passport)–smart luggage is now a thing. Bluesmart One has an integrated GPS, built-in scale (so you can pack smart without worrying about baggage regulations), phone interaction capabilities and best of all: an integrated battery to use as an electronic device charger.
Weekender Wash Kit ($35, Uncommon Goods): Here's what you're dealing with: TSA-sized, ready-to-fly shampoo/body wash, face wash, moisturizer and a disposable toothbrush and toothpaste packaged in a sweet toiletry tin. For the long haul or the red-eye, quality-made essentials scented with lemon, thyme and mint give ‘freshening up’ a whole new meaning.
Pack Jacket Windbreaker ($80, SCOTTeVEST): Airplanes are a lot of times too cold, so do as your grandma says and pack a jacket—but this time, bring one that’s light and breathable. More importantly, one that features lots of pockets (13!!!) for easy access to the necessities (money, sunglasses, phone, earbuds) and has hook-and-loop closures to keep your gear secure.
Powercell 6000mAh+ ($50, Ventev): Power on the go isn’t a contemporary luxury—it’s a modern necessity. This portable charger sets itself apart with dual USB ports and its own AC plug. That’s right; it can charge itself and your devices at the same time. And its charge lasts around 25 hours for mobile devices.
Blackout 1L Water Bottle ($14, Vapur): Attachable, durable and freezable, this is a water bottle that doesn’t mess around. It lays flat when empty, can be rolled up and stored in tiny spaces, and has a flip-cap that closes with an oh-so satisfying *snap.* Just remember to empty it before you get to that security line.