My top 6 in-flight essentials (Bonus: get a 20% off discount code for Frends headphones!)

by Michelle on April 1, 2014 · 12 comments


1. Facial wipes / 2. Kindle / 3. travel journal / 4. Frends headphones / 5. snack bars / 6. iPhone5s

I love flying and I always get the more excited the further away and more exotic a destination is. But like most people, I also get really restless if I have to sit for hours on end. The longest I’ve flown was to Australia which took some crazy +20 hours to get to! Luckily most of my flights aren’t that long, but with the majority of my flights being from Canada to Germany (and vice versa), that’s still an 8 hour flight, which can still feel like eternity if: 1) the in-flight movie selection sucks 2) there’s a crying baby on-board 3) your seat mate decides to delight you with all the minuscule details of their most recent divorce or 4) your iPod battery dies.

Everyone has different methods of coping during long flights. Some sleep, some drain their sorrows in complementary alcoholic beverages and others attempt to flirt with their seat mates.

And while you may enjoy doing one or all of the above, the items you bring on your carry-on could be a life-safer when it comes to surviving a long flight, so it’s important to pack wisely!

Here’s some of my in-flight essentials!

1. Facial wipes

I always make sure I have my facial wipes handy when I’m flying. My favourite are the really refreshing ones that make your face feel cool and minty afterwards. It’s the perfect way to combat the stale recycled air during a long flight, make you feel more awake, and to look slightly less dishevelled when you finally arrive at your destination (especially if there’s a cute guy/girl waiting for you!)

2. Kindle

I’m more of a paperback girl then an e-books kind of girl, but I also tend to overpack and never have room for more than one book in my carry-on. Then I get paranoid that I’ll read my one book too quickly and spend the rest of my flight in hopeless boredom. Luckily Kindles are the prefect solution since they’re small, lightweight and can carry hundreds of books! Hurrah!! It’s no surprise that I love reading travel fiction and memoirs especially when I’m travelling. My all-time favourite book is still The Beach (much better than the movie despite not having a young Leonardo di Caprio…I swear!)

3. Travel journal

I love writing so it’s no surprise that I usually keep a travel journal with me. During a flight is a perfect place to write because you’re either about to embark on an adventure or just coming back from one…in either case you can fill up your journal pages with things like to-do/bucket lists, or reflect back on all the amazing things you saw and did.

4. Frends headphones

A good pair of headphones (preferably noise-cancelling ones) are a must on a long flight. For one thing, you don’t have to use those cheap airplane earphones that seem to break after a few minutes! (and thus relieving you from ever having to miss a good in-flight movie due to your earphones breaking and you spending time frustratedly guessing the dialogue through the actors’ mouth movements)

They also help to drown out the sounds of crying babies. I do love a pair of good headphones, and I particularly love Frends because their designs are sexy and oh so sweet. If I’m going to be docked out in sweats when I’m flying, I’d like to wear at least one thing stylish – gold studs on my ears? Yes, please!

Also, the wonderful people over at Frends have given me an exclusive discount code for my blog readers! Enter travelholic20 from now until April, 28th 2014 on and get 20% off your order! (this is not a paid or sponsored post)

5. Snack bars

I eat a lot for someone who is usually skinny, so airplane food is never entirely filling. Also, is it just me, or do these airplane meals seem to get smaller every year? With that said, I always try to bring as much snacks as I can so I don’t sit there starving. I love snack bars because their easy to bring along, filling, and somewhat healthy. My favourites are yoghurt bars and Clif bars which have so many cool flavours!

6. iPhone 5s

Unless you’re on a plane with internet capabilities, you can’t really use half of your phone features. But nonetheless, the things I can use it for are great for providing hours of entertainment – music, editing photos and those annoying but incredibility addicting games that your friends always force you to download. Plus if you’re really bored, you can always take pictures of clouds and weird things you find in the Sky Mall catalogue to post on Facebook when you’ve landed!

And that’s my list of my top in-flight essentials. What are some things you can’t live without when you fly?


{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Becky Padmore April 2, 2014 at 1:02 pm

I agree with all of these, I can’t travel anywhere without a few healthy snack bars handy just in case!


Michelle Michelle April 3, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Yes, they’re a must! πŸ™‚


Erika April 4, 2014 at 3:45 am

This is a pretty good list! I don’t do the face wipes thing but I’ve just recently got into the Burt’s Bees wipes and I can only imagine how refreshing those would be after a long flight! Totally adding those to my list! πŸ™‚


Michelle Michelle April 4, 2014 at 11:19 am

I love Burt’s Bees! I didn’t know they make wipes though! Does it smell like honey? I’ll have to search for them when I’m back in Canada πŸ™‚


Andreas Moser April 4, 2014 at 8:55 am

I only take one or two books.
Always happy when I can check everything else in and them I am amused by the other travellers who carry their whole household with them.


Michelle Michelle April 4, 2014 at 11:22 am

Haha that used to be like me in the beginning until I started travelling so much and learned to pack better. And that’s one of the benefits of being a guy….you guys tend to always pack a lot less than girls! πŸ˜›


Marisol@Traveling Solemates April 4, 2014 at 11:03 am

Hi Michele, thanks for sharing your list of essentials. They’re pretty much the same as mine except the facial wipe. It’s actually a great idea instead of splashing my face with bathroom water. I’ll add it on my list for next time. Like you, I was a paperback girl but all these traveling forced me to get Kindle for lighter travel. Now I can’t leave without it!


Michelle Michelle April 4, 2014 at 11:23 am

I’ve always been a bit scared of those airplane washrooms so the facial wipes definitely help me to avoid them even less πŸ˜› And totally agree with you! It’s crazy to have so many books with you at once!


quynh@outforadventure April 7, 2014 at 3:16 am

Hi, thanks for this tips, i don’t have Iphone 5 S, only Nokia 1210 -))


Michelle Michelle April 8, 2014 at 1:23 pm

No problem! πŸ™‚


Elisa April 12, 2014 at 7:30 am

My own list is very similar! Definitely antibacterial wipes, my kindle, my ipod, healthy snacks, and a journal!


Michelle Michelle April 15, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Yes, can’t survive without them on a long flight!! πŸ˜€


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