Long-Haul Flights? No Sweat: These Accessories Will Make Your Journey Comfortable

Written: editor | April 25, 2023

Long-Haul Flights? Don’t worry, these items will make your trip more pleasant.


I have a secret to tell you: I don’t like long trips very much. I mean, it’s a matter of taste, but for me, it can feel like my body is being tied in knots and pulled apart from every angle. But I’ve been on enough flights to know what works best to make the experience more relaxed, and some of the things I’ve found are pretty surprising! So, if you want to make your next flight easier (and less stressful), check out this list of must-haves:

A travel pillow

If you’re going to be sitting still for a long time, it’s important that your head and neck are properly supported. A travel pillow will help them sit up straight and stop any pain from starting.

There are many different kinds of travel pillows, so you can find one that fits your needs best. Some are small enough to fit in a bag or backpack, while others are bigger but still easy to carry and use. Some even come with their own cases so they won’t get dirty while being moved or stored.

A scarf or wrap

Want your trip to be more pleasant? A blanket or wrap is a great thing to have around as an accessory. It can be worn as a scarf, blanket, or wrap, so there are many ways to use it.

Shawls are flexible pieces that can be used for many different things. They are light and easy to pack.

Keep warm by wrapping it around your shoulders or head like a jacket when you’re cold;

Use it as a pillow if you don’t have one (like on an airplane);

Putting something over your legs on long trips;

A scarf

On a long trip, scarves are a great way to stay warm. They can be used as a blanket or to cover your face if you get cold. Also, they are small and easy to pack, so they won’t take up much room in your bag.

They are great for hiding your head or face, but they also make great pillows. Just wrap them around yourself and go to sleep.

Earplugs and headphones that block out noise

Noise-canceling headphones can make the difference between a long trip that feels like torture and one that is actually bearable.

Depending on what you want, look for noise-canceling headphones with either active or passive cancellation technology. Active noise cancellation uses microphones to pick up sounds around you and then cancels them out by making sound waves that cancel each other out. Passive cancellation stops noise with physical barriers (like ear cups) instead of making a sound wave that cancels it out.

Use them as soon as you get on the plane so you won’t be surprised by loud speeches or other noises while the plane is taking off or landing.

If you can, try them on before you buy them. Some people with glasses find over-the-ear types uncomfortable.

A neck pillow or blanket

On long trips, you must have a travel pillow or blanket. If you don’t already have one, try to find one that is nice and easy to carry. You’ll also want something easy to clean, since it will touch your face (and maybe other parts of your body).

If you don’t have a lot of room in your bags, choose something that folds up well but still gives you enough comfort.

With these things, your next long-haul trip will be a breeze.

If you’re going on a long-distance flight, these items will make the trip much more pleasant. They are easy to carry and use, come in many sizes and colors, and are priced well.

Eye mask

On long-haul trips, an eye mask is your best friend. You can use it not only to sleep, but also to relax, keep your eyes from getting tired (which is especially important if you’re in economy class), and avoid getting sick from the bacteria on flights. Also, they can help with jet lag by blocking out the light from the cabin lights. Even if you don’t have trouble sleeping on planes, an eye mask will still come in handy when you need to take a nap between layovers.

If you want more than just a simple cotton cloth to cover your eyes at night (or during a nap during the day), there are many choices that offer different levels of comfort and usefulness. For instance:

Memory foam cushions give you more padding around your eyes without making your head too heavy while you sleep. This makes them perfect for long trips where you want the most comfort without taking up too much room in your luggage bags, backpacks, suitcases, etc.

Headphones that block out noise

Long-haul planes must have headphones that block out noise. You can listen to music, podcasts, and talks on them. They’re also great for sleeping on a plane because they block out all the noise from other people and from outside your window (if it’s open). If you’re worried about your upcoming flight and need some time to relax before takeoff, put these headphones on and listen to some relaxing music.

Bottle of water

The key to a comfortable trip is to stay hydrated. If you’re going to be sitting still for a long time, you should drink water.

How does that work? With a bottle of water! There are many different kinds of bottles that are easy to carry, so take some time to think about which one would work best for you. If you’re looking for something that won’t leak or freeze, check out our guide on how to pack a water bottle for travel (and don’t forget to clean it!).

Once you’ve chosen your bottle and put all of your basics in it, go straight to security. You don’t want to wait around before boarding time.

Having the right gear is the first step to a relaxed trip.

A pillow, blanket, or wrap for the trip. On long trips, this is a must-have. It will help you get a better night’s sleep and make your trip more pleasant.

A scarf, earplugs, and headphones that block out noise (or just earplugs). If you are sensitive to noise or just want some peace and quiet during the flight, these items are great ways to do so without disturbing the people around you.

You can use a neck pillow or blanket instead of taking a real blanket because they are small enough to fit in your carry-on bag. The same goes for eye masks. They block out light, so when it’s time for bed on the plane, everyone will be sleeping happily except for one person, who will probably not be you because you don’t have an eye mask.


We hope this post was helpful and interesting for you! Check out our other travel pieces for more advice on how to stay comfortable on your next trip.