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Look Like a Pro: Flying Must Haves

I’ve flown more during the past two years than I have in my entire life. I didn’t even fly for the first time until I was 19, but after that I was addicted; the days of hours and hours spent on road trips are long gone (that, and I don’t own a car in Chicago). My roommate travels regularly enough to have a plaqued seat on every United flight, so her and I decided to come up with a list of our flying must haves for long flights.


Head pillow/Eye cover

If you’re flying economy, this is an essential. I find it nearly impossibly to get comfortable on a plane. My legs are too long, my neighbor is watching an episode of a Tim Allen sitcom, and I got stuck in the middle seat because I waited until the last minute to book. But a girl needs her beauty sleep, and once I throw on my headphones, eye cover and lean into my neck pillow– it’s lights out for this girl. And there’s no naps quite like a nap 40,000 feet up in the air.



I do everything with my headphones in. I grocery shop, commute to work, cook, clean -everything has music accompanying it. And there’s truly nothing more miserable than listening to babies crying and dealing with your ears popping without some Shakey Graves to make it all better. Don’t forget headphones! Pro tip: I download all of my favorite playlists on Spotify premium before I fly.



I think I’m starting to sound like a broken record with how often I have a book on hand. Do I care? I don’t. Mostly for shorter flights and those who aren’t great at sleeping in the air; reading a book is the perfect way to pass the time. If you’re anywhere near as quick of a reader as I am, you can even finish it in the duration of the flight. I finished The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon on a flight and got off the flight in tears. Stay away from the happy ones, guys.



This is a Julia Pfeifer exclusive. During a long flight, whether you’re sleeping or running to the bathroom wearing shoes is less than ideal. And going barefoot is gross (seriously, don’t do it). Grab a pair of fuzzy socks and enjoy the flight the way you want to- shoe-free.



Airline food sucks. Unless you’re sitting business class, chances are your pickings are slim. The vegetarian options are even worse, so bringing something of your own to snack on is always a good move. Even grabbing something overpriced at the airport or packing a few things from your fridge at home can save you the hassle of deciding whether the pretzels or crackers they are passing out are more filling. I always like to have a water bottle on me as well to avoid having to wait for an attendant to come around every time I’m thirsty.



This is another broken record repeat from my ‘What’s In My Bag’ post. I just really hate chapped lips. United Polaris business class supplies chapstick and other goodies from Cowshed, and this one has become my new favorite since then. Their pillow spray is heavenly as well.



This is the inner neat freak in me. I like to carry around sanitizer all the time in general, but even more so on planes. Being all up in a stranger’s personal bubble for long periods of time is no bueno. I saw someone on my flight to New York wiping down her tray and seat with antibacterial wipes and I stole the idea. Stay germ free, people.


Airline App

Depending on what airline you’re flying, a lot of them allow you to stream live TV and movies directly from their app without purchasing wifi. Julia has been known to watch Teen Mom on her phone while driving, so it didn’t surprise me that she suggested this flying must have.


What’re your must haves when you fly? What changes do you make when flying a few hours to flying 7+ hours?


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