People are traveling more than ever, and with the increased demand for flights comes increased setbacks for travelers. These include flight delays and cancellations, as well as costly creature comforts, like food and fuzzy blankets.

That’s why it’s important to be prepared before boarding. Here are some things to bring when flying:

1- Food

As a foodie, I would (of course) make food the number one thing to pack in your carry-on. Long-gone are the days of complimentary packaged peanuts and beverages; passengers must fend for themselves when calming the beast that is their stomach. Pack snacks and meals, preferably not purchased from the airport (more expensive). But if you must, then you should. More options offered at an airport terminal than a single airplane.

2- Credit Card

Forgot to pack food? Then it’s a good thing you packed a credit card. Almost every airline carrier did away with cash and turned to plastic when it comes to food, movie, alcohol and entertainment purchases. Amazing how far that plastic will go, literally.

3- Medicine

Because I suffer from asthma, I make sure to keep my inhaler on me during travels. It would be horrible if my flight got delayed or the airlines lost my send-through bag. But it would be even more unbearable if that bag had my medicine in it. Think ahead when it comes to your health and wellness.

4- Comforts

By comforts, we mean anything that will make that eight-plus-hour flight more bearable. I don’t know what I would do without my music. In addition to packing, I make sure my iPhone is locked and loaded with new tunes before taking off. Don’t forget a light jacket or sweater to keep warm, and for those longer flights, pack an air-travel neck pillow.

5- Fun

Fun on a plane can be very limited, but if you’re traveling with a bunch of friends of your family, bring a stack of playing cards to pass the time. If you’re solo, then books, mags or electronics are always the way to go.


  1. Great advice. Music soothes the beast in all of us, I even got started playing the words with friends to pass the time. Some people bring their own movie on the phone, but I havent done that yet. I read, but it does put me to sleep. Food:  we always buy before we get on the plane. If it is a flight over 4 hours, a snack and a small sandwich. Remember when flying was fun and people were treated like people and not a heard of cattle moving along a narrow entry way. More hassle, more money, and lots more stress in today's flying world.

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