After hundreds of flights and thousands of accumulated frequent flyer miles, you come to appreciate the travel gadget. I’m not talking about those items that you need once you arrive at your destination; although those are important too. I am speaking of those that make your 2 hour, 5 hour, or even 10 hour flight just a little more bearable. Yes, the airlines have stepped up their game by offering a more extensive food and drink menu and many flights boast the personal entertainment systems. That’s all fine and dandy, but what about being comfortable? Is that not just as important or more important than being entertained? I think it ranks pretty high which is why want to share my list of must haves:

For Flights Under 3 Hours:

BioSense Travel Pillow

A travel pillow is a no brainer. Being slightly claustrophobic, I pay more just to secure my place on the aisle. To ensure you don’t get knocked in the head by a rolling cart, your upright sleeping position is of utmost importance. Many pillow options focus on the traditional neck brace design. They are generally hard and don’t “give” at all, ultimately leaving you in an arkward position. The BioSense pillow is different. It has a memory foam that caters to how YOU sleep. The cool touch of the exterior fabric is a plus and it’s travel friendly – and don’t forget your blanket.

 

For Flights Between 3 Hours and 7 Hours:

Magellan’s Luxe Inflatable Seat Cushion

I have been known to switch out seat cushions on flights. No seriously, and I am not even sure if this is legal! But, there is nothing worse than a seat cushion that is ready for retirement. You will recognize them when you see them – flat, depressed looking, and even a little dirty. Sitting in one spot on a 5 hour flight is bad enough. Have no fear, the portable seat cushion is here! If you are not into cushion swapping and don’t want a numb behind, bring this baby along. It fits nicely in your carry-on luggage and your tush will thank you over, and over, and over again.

 

For Flights Over 7 Hours:

Travelsox Compression Socks

When I traveled to Paris a few years back, I had no clue what those little blue socks were for that came in my travel care bag. Unbeknownst to me, they serve a very important purpose. After a few hours of flying, your feet and legs may become swollen due to a lack of circulation. This is not only uncomfortable, but it can be life-threatening. 10% of all air travelers develop swollen legs and feet on long flights which can lead to deep vein thrombosis. This is definitely a “do not leave home without” item and they are quite fashionable too!

 

For Any Flight:

Bose AE2 Audio Headphones

I have never boarded a flight and not had my Bose Headphones…never. I have owned other noise cancellation headphones in the past, but my Bose have been with me for over 5 years now. They come in many styles and some come with the noise cancellation functionality. I actually didn’t find a huge need to dish out the extra bucks for that. The regular over-the-ear headphones are capable of drowning out even the loudest baby and the heaviest snorer. And since they don’t have a power switch, there is no need for a battery and no need to switch them off to prepare for landing! The ear cushions are soft to help alleviate the pressure and the sound is phenomenal!

 

Just Because They’re Cool:

Headplay Personal Cinema System

When the personal entertainment system is not available on your flight, opt for one of these. Although a little pricey, you will be the coolest person on the place – hands down! The gadget can connect to almost anything with a video and audio output including your laptop and IPod. Instead of viewing it on your device, you can literally watch your movies through the special goggles. It’s like you are watching your own private 52-inch screen. Now I can watch my zombie movies without getting wierd looks from the person sitting across the aisle! They don’t make them anymore, but you may be able to find one on Amazon or Ebay.

Shanna "Urban Girl" Jones

Shanna is the co-founder and editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food and travel.

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