For the month of October, I’ll be doing a lot of airplane traveling to small towns in the Midwest and the South.
Here are my 4 airplane essentials.
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4 Airplane Essentials
1. Inflatable Neck Pillow
I purchased this inflatable airplane pillow 10 years ago, and it continues to be my #1 airplane essential. Why?
- It’s affordable ($10)
- Has a washable cover
- When deflated, it can be crammed into your bag, backpack or a side pocket
These days, most of the inflatable neck pillows I see seem to be filled with beans or memory foam. My husband has one of these and the problem after the flight is always “What do I do with this now?” Many have snaps that attach to straps, but when traveling from place to place, it is not always ideal to have your neck pillow swinging off your backpack.
Thinking of adding a neck pillow to your travel gear? Find an inflatable neck pillow.
2. Kindle Fire
My Kindle Fire and I have become very good friends of late. My latest recommended travel read is In Darkness by Nick Lane, which is the winner of the 2013 Michael L. Printz Award. The story is set in Haiti and has alternating chapters between a present-day story told by Shorty, a boy who has been shot and is stuck under the rubble after an earthquake, and a past story about the real revolutionary leader Toussaint L’Ouverture who freed Haitians slaves. Together, the two stories weave a strong picture of the struggles, voodoo culture, gang-life, hardships, and history of Haiti. I had a hard time putting it down.
If you like this book, I recommend Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat (Love her name!). In this nonfiction book based in Haiti, New York, and Florida, Danticat weaves together the stories of her childhood and adulthood. It focuses particularly on stories about her father and uncle, who raised her for several years as a child. Danticat creates an unforgettable read and puts into perspective Haitian spirit, culture, and political unrest. I read this book once and listened to it on audio a second time. The accents used in the audio version really brought the characters to life.
Tip: Check out your local library’s selection of ebooks.
I love to travel. I also am easily prone to motion sickness. Yes, it’s a cruel twist of fate for a traveler, but thankfully there is Dramamine. I stock up in bulk and always have a supply at hand.
4. Zicam Rapid Melts
There is nothing worse than getting sick while traveling. Even worse, is being stuck next to a person who coughs and sneezes the entire flight. One of the ways I avoid catching colds on planes is with Zicam Rapid Melts. I discovered these miracle tabs a couple of years ago, and now I take them before, during and after a flight. I know that might be a little overboard, but I’ve gotten sick too many times on planes, which put a serious damper on my vacation. I’d rather not take my chances.
So far, these bad babies have kept colds at bay and throughout the year, if an inkling of a cold comes on, I take these and whatever I’ve caught goes away. I’m not joking! In the fall, I stock up with several of the 45-count bottles at Costco. I was just there to stock-up and they had a special coupon of $4 off a bottle!