14 Accessories to Make Your Next Flight the Best One Yet

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Whether you’re on a four-hour flight to the tropics or an over-niter overseas, you can only flip through the pages of SkyMall so many times before starting to feel a little crazy. From products to help you sleep better in flight to those that can keep you entertained from take-off to landing, frequent fliers and vacationers alike will fall in love with these in-flight accessories.

#1. Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise-Cancelling Headphones

It’s no secret that Bose makes the best noise-cancelling headphones in the industry, and the QuetComfort 20i’s — their first in-ear version — will soon become your go-to headphones for flying and everyday listening. These discreet ear buds even feature an “aware mode,” so you can listen to your music and hear your surroundings (like boarding calls) when you want to.

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#2. Hedbed Inflatable Travel Pillow

When you want a pillow for catching in-flight Z’s, but don’t want the hassle of lugging an extra item through the airport, the Hedbed travel pillow is the compressible, inexpensive flight accessory for you. Blow up your Hedbed with a single breath and enjoy comfort and neck support to help you sleep through the flight. And when you’re done, compress it down and carry it in your pocket.

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#3. Kindle Paperwhite

Worried about your smartphone or computer running out of battery life? Enjoy days of reading on your Kindle Paperwhite. This compact e-reader allows you to access hundreds of  books in-flight and will easily endure a couple days of flying on a single battery as long as the Wi-Fi connectivity is disabled.

Photo credit: Tatsuo Yamashita
Photo credit: Tatsuo Yamashita

#4. Mophie Juice Pack Air

Restore battery life to your iPhone, Samsung Galaxy or HTC One when you need it most with the Mophie Juice Pack Air. This device, which doubles as a phone case for convenience, will give your phone 70 percent battery life, so you can squeeze in a few more hours of Candy Crush.

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Photo credit: US CPSC

#5. MacBook Air

The compact size and lightweight construction of the MacBook Air makes it ideal for your already over-stuffed carry-on. And even better, its aluminum uni-body shell makes it ultra-durable for those times you’re forced to stuff your bag into the overhead compartment. Browse through your travel photos, play games or watch movies — flights fly by with the Macbook Air.

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Photo credit: Bjorn Olsson

#6. Sensu Solo Portable Artist Brush

Turn your iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire and a variety of other products into a digital canvas with the Sensu Solo artist brush and stylus. When this masterfully developed smartphone and tablet accessory is paired with a number of drawing and painting apps, it turns into the ultimate creative tool for budding artists and distinguished painters alike.

Photo credit: Pierre Lecourt
Photo credit: Pierre Lecourt

#7. Scholl Flight Socks

In addition to the usual discomfort that can be felt on long, cramped flights, some more serious complications like dehydration and circulatory problems are common too. While you can usually ask for water from the flight attendant to rehydrate, a product like Scholl Flight Socks can take care of the circulatory problems in your legs, ankles and feet.

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#8. Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Moisture Mist

The lack of humidity in the airplane cabin can make your skin and hair just as thirsty as the rest of your body. Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi Moisture Mist can be used on your face, body and hair to bring you back to life before a big meeting or a long day of adventure.

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#9. iPad Mini with Retina Display

At just about 2/3 the size of the iPad Air, the mini is the perfect compact travel companion — especially if you plan on packing a laptop too. It’s lightweight, features 10 hours of battery life, connects to WiFi in seconds and is more convenient than it’s larger counterpart for taking photos when you land.

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Photo credit: Laineema

#10. 3M Privacy Filters

Get some work done, watch movies or look at photos in-flight without your neighbor peering over your shoulder. The 3M company makes a privacy filter for just about every laptop and tablet on the market, and in addition to shielding your private information from the eyes of strangers, it protects your gadget’s screen and eases the strain on your eyes.

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#11. Design Go Blow-Up Travel Footrest

Feel more like you’re in business class when you’re actually traveling coach. This compact, easily-inflatable travel footrest by Design Go decreases the strain and fatigue your leg muscles feel in cramped seats. In just a couple of breaths, you’ll be able to feel the increased circulation in your legs and will feel more comfortable in coach than ever before.

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#12. Belkin Rockstar Multi-Headphone Splitter

Let five other listeners in on what you’re watching or jamming out to on your laptop, tablet or smartphone with this five-way headphone splitter. For right around $10, you’ll never stop using this gadget that costs less than one hour of in-flight WiFi.

Photo credit: Nicole Hennig
Photo credit: Nicole Hennig

#13. LeapPad2 Explorer Learning Tablet

There’s no reason for you to give up your in-flight entertainment to keep the kids occupied. Stop forking over your iPad and equip your kids with the affordable LeapPad2, which offers kids over 400 educational and entertaining games, videos, songs, books, drawing boards and more.

Photo credit: Pierre Lecourt
Photo credit: Pierre Lecourt

#14. Cocoon Grid-It Gadget Holder

Keep all of your travel gadgets and accessories in one place with the Grid-It gadget holder. The unique elastic grid design eliminates the hassle of rummaging through your travel bag searching for your phone charger. It’s amazing how much a little bit of organization can ease the stress associated with travel.

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Photo credit: TAKA@P.P.R.S

About the Author: Courtney McCaffrey

Courtney McCaffrey is a travel writer and editor based in Wilmington, N.C. In addition to writing, she lives for travel - seeing new places, experiencing new cultures and surfing new waves.

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