Yes, planes are increasingly cramped and uncomfortable – but you can help improve conditions for yourself with these indispensable in-flight items.
With airline passengers practically sitting on top of one another these days, noise seems more of a personal space invasion than ever before: wailing babies, screaming engines, high-decibel gabbers, not to mention snack and beverage carts banging down the aisle. I found a great way to tune it all out with Liberate XLBT Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones from House of Marley ($199, www.thehouseofmarley.com).
These rechargeable headphones are beautiful, with walnut and birch wood frame and leather headband with sleek stainless steel detail. Soft ear cushions cosset your ears and durable fabric-braided cables keep cords tangle-free. They come with a detachable one-button cord with inline mic and collapse handily when you’re ready to tuck them into the included eco-friendly carry bag.
Available in saddle, midnight, blue hemp and tan, these headphones provide a premium listening experience while blocking out sound, upgrade your enjoyment of the in-flight entertainment and help you get more restful sleep.
You’re prepared for your long-haul flight with your smartphone, tablet, iPod, headphones or earbuds, cords or cables, portable charger, pens, passport, protein bars, credit card, meds and personal hygiene items like toothbrush and toothpaste and lip balm. The quandary? How do you keep all your stuff handy so you don’t have to keep dragging out your carry-on or underseat bag?
I recently took the TAB Fit ($49.95, http://walterandray.com) by Walter + Ray on a ten-hour international flight. I loaded it up with everything I need for overnight – including everything listed above – wore it onto the plane over my shoulder (it can be worn as a cross-body bag, too) and then hung it from the tray table in front of me by its two hooks.
This bag is ingeniously designed, with a padded tablet area, RFID shield security pocket and patent-pending magnetic seatback attachment for an alternative way to secure it. It’s also good looking, in a patterned charcoal with vivid blue and gray-striped linings. And best of it, it doesn’t interfere with precious leg room.
You’ve got the power
Keeping my electronics powered up for the duration of my time in the airport and aboard my flight is always a concern. I packed the ChargeUp Digital Portable Power Bank by Cygnett ($59.99; $79.99, www.us.cygnett.com) in my TAB Fit and – problem solved.
Nearly as slim as a smartphone, it can charge two electronic devices at the same time. Powered by a lithium polymer battery, it has an LED digital power display so I always knew just how much juice remained. The power bank is sleekly designed in durable polymer for an elegant look and comes pre-charged and ready to use.
Two models are available: the 6,000 mAh power bank has a total output of 5V at 2.0A and can charge the latest phones up to four times and tablets one to two times; the 10,000 mAh has a total output of 5V at 4.0A and can charge the latest phones up to six times and tablets two to three times. Both versions are available in black/gray, blue/gray, green/gray and red/gray. The smaller power bank is also available in gold, silver and white.