Relaxing At 30,000 Feet

Relaxing At 30,000 Feet

Traveling can be a harrowing experience, but it doesn’t have to be. If you are well-prepared, you can turn it into a time to push your seat back, relax, and leave your worries thousands of feet below.

Here are some important carry-on items to help you relax in flight!

Layered Clothing

Layered Clothing is the simplest way to prepare yourself for the journey – even if you do not plan on bringing a carry-on. Airports can be sweltering and planes can be freezing so come dressed for both!

Reading Material

Admit it. If you’re like most of us, you’re probably addicted to your mobile device. You wake up and reach for it; you don’t put it down until you’re back under the covers at night. Take advantage of the “no electronic devices” rule and spend some time with a good, old-fashioned book.

Reusable Water Bottle

It’s very easy to get dehydrated while traveling. Nobody wants to be that person climbing over legs and squeezing past tray tables to get to the restroom at the back of the plane. Go ahead and be that person. Take care of yourself and drink up. The easiest way to stay hydrated is to bring an empty water bottle through security. This will save money and plastic.

Chewing Gum

If your ears pop during take-off and landing, a piece of chewing gum can really do wonders to reduce the pressure.

Your Favorite Hot Tea

I believe a steaming cup of tea can solve just about anything. Bring a few bags of your favorite tea on board and ask a flight attendant for some hot water. This is especially nice to help sooth and relax you for those long, overnight flights.


Bring a few healthy snacks to keep energized for your journey. Look for snacks high in protein for lasting energy such as almonds, string cheese and crackers with peanut butter. Some travelers experience minor swelling after sitting for long periods of time. Avoiding salty snacks will help prevent unwanted water-retention.

Tiny Travel Pillow

This is a must-have for overnight flights. Some travelers prefer the horseshoe-shaped pillows for the neck. I like a simple square one to place between me and the wall of the plane (window seat person!).

Ear Plugs/Eye Patch

Good night, crying babies and person next to me who’s going to leave the light on all night and do crosswords. Nudge me when we land.

Mini Toothbrush

A clean mouth is the next best thing to taking a shower. Make sure your tube of toothpaste is less than 3.4 oz!

Airborne or Emergen-C

It’s a great idea to give your immune system a little boost before settling into a small space with a few hundred other bodies. You can usually find both chewable and water-dissolving brands at your local drugstore.

Traveling to the Philippines at just 8 months old, Shawna grew up loving all things related to travel and serving abroad. She is passionate about helping others travel safely and make the most of their time abroad.