7 Top Airplane Travel Essentials ...


As a former California girl who’s now living in our nation’s capital, I’m definitely no stranger to cross-country flights and the key airplane travel essentials that can help ensure a smooth trip.

Getting ready to brave the sometimes not-so-friendly skies yourself?

From basics like water and snacks to beauty helpers like your favorite moisturizer, here are seven airplane travel essentials you won’t want to be caught without.

1. Water and Snacks

Yes, it’s expensive to purchase a bottle of water at the airport once you’ve already passed through the security line, but even so, this is by far one of my most important airplane travel essentials.

Along with keeping you hydrated both prior to and during your flight, carrying on a water bottle means you won’t be left at the mercy of tiny plastic cups that hardly hold more than a gulp or two.

Snacks are another key item you won’t want to forget, since you never know how long an unexpected delay could leave you stuck on the tarmac or whether the oftentimes overpriced meal and snack options sold onboard will be to your liking.

2. Magazines and Books

While I used to dread long flights, I now actually look forward to them as the perfect opportunity to catch up on my reading.

Rather than just bringing along one magazine or book, I’m always sure to pack a couple extras to help prevent boredom in the event of a missed connection or an onboard entertainment system that is malfunctioning.

Just avoid buying them at the airport if you can, since these items can be rather pricey.

Also, while I do love my Kindle, I honestly prefer to travel with paperbacks, which feel light enough in my carry-on bag and don’t need to be put away during takeoffs or landings.

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