10 tips for flying in comfort

Skyscanner's top ten gadgets, gizmos and luxury items that will make flying more fun.


After all, stepping off the plane feeling refreshed, is definitely the best way to start your holiday.

Whether its long haul or short, flying isn’t always the most comfortable of experiences and while first class flights might be a remote fantasy for most of us, there are still plenty of ways that you can make air-travel a more pleasurable experience.

1. Emergency ‘How to Stay Looking Fresh on a Flight’ Kit Bag

The importance of a toothbrush and toothpaste should never be underestimated. These are the first two items you should stash in your emergency kit bag along with some moisturiser, lip balm, perfume or aftershave, a razor, deodorant, ear plugs, eye drops and an eye mask. Most of these things can be bought in ‘mini’ form and will take up little space in their own carry-on bag, but they will make a world of difference. Step off that flight feeling (and smelling) cool, calm and revitalized!

2. A Snuggly Pillow

If you are taking a long haul flight then your own soft, snuggly pillow can mean the difference between getting a few hours shut-eye to staring at a plane full of snoozing passengers as you struggle with the wafer thin excuse for a pillow that you were given by the stewardess. There are lots on the market, but one of the best out there is the TravelRest Inflatable Pillow that offers excellent neck support and will have you sleeping like a baby in no time.

3. Super Soft Socks

Forget the lime green scratchy travel socks you get in your flight pack. It’s definitely worth bringing your own. Not only is it nice for you, and your fellow passengers, to change into a clean pair of socks on your flight, but if you make sure they’re made of Alpaca or Cashmere, the experience is simply heavenly. So kick off those shoes and slip into some super soft socks that will make your feet feel like they are walking on clouds.

4. Apple MacBook Air Laptop

At 1.36kg, it’s super light and lots of fun. Stave off the boredom of a 48hr flight with the world’s thinnest notebook from Apple that will let you ditch the uninspiring selection of in-flight movies for your own personal choice of films. Or why not take the opportunity to organise your photos, listen to music or perhaps do some last minute work before arriving at your destination.

green.blacks.chocolate.jpg5. Luxury Chocolate

A good item this, whether on a long or short haul flight. On a short haul flight it’s increasing likely that you won’t be given any food at all so it’s always nice to have a little piece of your favourite chocolate to look forward to. If you are a frequent flyer, then you’ll welcome the chance to say no to your two hundredth packet of dry crackers or a bag of seven peanuts. If you happen to be travelling to a destination where the chocolate is a little sub-standard or perhaps even non-existent, you will be all the more glad you remembered to pack this petite luxury, whether it’s a bar of Green and Blacks, or a milky bar!

6. Snug as a Bug in a Pashmina

Perhaps an item more for the female traveller, a soft pashmina is a godsend when faced with the flimsy ‘blankets’ that many flights offer these days and that seem to impart very little warmth whatsoever. Be the envy of all your fellow passengers as you snuggle up to a good night’s sleep under your cosy pashmina. For male travellers wanting the same luxury, pashminas come in plenty of muted colours and can always just be called a blanket…if anyone asks!

7. iPod or other MP3 player

If you love your music and don’t want to sit through 24hrs of airline radio then an iPod is a definite must-have accessory on a long haul flight. You can put anything from audio books to comedy sketches and music on it, making it your own personal entertainment centre. Combined with a decent pair of noise-cancelling headphones, and you can really immerse yourself in another world. Chuckle and dance the flight away; just be prepared for some funny looks.

8. Wrinkle-Free Flight

Another for the ladies, ‘Youth as We Know It’ concentrate by Bliss is a super strong serum that helps to stave off dehydration of the skin that’s a common problem when flying. This serum is serious stuff, packed with mega strength ingredients to give you plumper and more luminous skin. Perfect for that ‘I’m a seasoned traveller’ look.

9. Super Light Photos

The Panasonic LX3 digital camera, at just 227g, is ultra-light and portable. It allows you to pop it into your hand luggage and take some snazzy shots from the aircraft window for when you happen to be flying over picturesque mountains, a fiery sunset or a quirky cloud formation. You can also enjoy browsing through your favourite pics to while away some time.

10. A Good Read

It’s not modern and it’s not fancy, but a good book by an admired author on a favourite subject can often make the difference between a flight that feels like it’s never going to end, to one that…well, flies by. There is also nothing better for killing time at the airport than browsing for your perfect holiday read. If you do want to go all high-tech, you can always buy a Kindle which can pack in thousands of books for those times when you just can’t decide.

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