You know, or should know, by now that I am a member of the carryon club: a strong proponent of carrying all your stuff onto flights and not checking bags. In fact, Pack Light, is my first habit of happy travelers.
It is definitely a challenge to pack light but still make sure you have useful inflight products.
With that background, here are some of my travel ninja packing techniques and favorite inflight products along with a few items I will try on future flights.
8 Great Inflight Products
1. Camelbak Filtered Water Bottle. Whenever possible, I avoid buying beverages in plastic bottles. My main change was to buy and use a refillable water bottle with a charcoal filter. I currently have my second water bottle from Camelbak. My first was left on a flight and I hoped it would be returned; I even tweeted about it to the airline (no luck). Other people use products like SteriPEN, LifeStraw, or water filters. Such products save you money and save the world from more plastic. I usually also bring an extra water bottle (non filtered) and fill both from water fountains after security check and before boarding a flight.
2. Entertainment. I love exploring new places but really no longer enjoy the flight process to get there (I once did!). Some flights have great entertainment while some have none. I always pack a few magazines and something to write with and on. Sometimes I will have a book, my iPad (to watch movies), or playing cards.
3. Headphones. I am content with plain old ear buds. Maybe one day I will splurge (or receive as a gift) the industry gold standard of Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones. For me, personal headphones are convenient for listening to my own music (on an iPod Shuffle or iPhone) or the airplane’s entertainment system, like DirecTv and SiriusXM on JetBlue.
4. Supplies. I always have a travel size bottle of Purell. If I run out or forget it, then I buy a new bottle ASAP at my destination. Usually I also bring a travel pack of baby wipes. I have not gone full out into bringing disinfectant wipes (for those nasty germy airplane spots) but I always think about it.
5. Snacks. Even five years ago, I could rely on getting enough sustaining snacks during flight. Today, carriers are focused on the bottom line (financials) and complimentary snacks are rare to find. Even on short flights, I make sure to brings some snacks. I tend to bring snacks like granola bars and wasabi peas.
The following three products were recently provided to me as promos. I will write full reviews after I take them on a flight.
6. Head DEFENDER. Is it just me who wants to shower right after getting off an airplane? To combat the germs found on headrests, Keely Watson invented “the first stylish headrest cover that kills 99.9% of disease causing germs that cause Staph, MRSA, the common cold and the flu. It’s unique integrated solution allows it to be washed over and over without losing it’s strength. The Head DEFENDER is a stylish, easy to carry product, that helps DEFEND you on every flight.”
Keely sent me a note saying that the Head DEFENDER is also great for movie theatre headrests. Thank you Keely and Lamont PR for providing me with a complimentary product to review.
7. Vector Cup Holder. I have never brought a laptop computer on a trip (really!) but I know thousands of travelers do so every day. To protect expensive devices from beverage spills, Cliff Thier invented the Vector Cup Holder—which attaches to the tray table and keeps beverages off the table and your computer safe. It is slick, sleet, aluminum, and will surely be a topic of conversation with passengers on future flights.
Thank you Cliff for sending me a Vector Cup Holder to review on a future flight.
8. Backpack. I am typically not picky about the type of bag I bring on the plane. As long as it is small enough to bring aboard and not be checked, I am content. My typical bag is usually a soft sided bag with one main compartment. MM Brand Agency recently sent me a Power Pack 3.0 from Outdoor Products and I will use it as a carryon on my next flight. This bag has a dedicated compartment for a laptop, lots of open space, security features, and several zippered and formatted compartments—for pens, digital gear (hopefully I will not lose any more chargers), and more.
Thank you MM Brand Agency and Outdoor Products for sending me a Power Pack 3.0
What are your go-to products for surviving long flights?