Over the years, we’ve learned to pack certain carry-on essentials for long flights – especially when flying in economy class.

Unless you’re in first or business class, flying really isn’t a lot of fun when you’re on a 15-hour red-eye flight to Dubai or wherever! Economy seats aren’t the most comfortable.

Bringing the following airplane travel essentials onboard with you won’t turn your economy flight into a business or first class flight.

Travel neck pillow

For most international flights, you’ll find a pillow already on the seat when you board.  But you also need something with neck support to prevent cricks.



Sleep mask

A sleeping mask is also tops on our list of carry-on essentials for long flights. It’s also great for blocking out early morning light in hotel rooms.


Disposable toothbrush

These Colgate Wisp mini-toothbrushes come with a liquid-filled bead in the center of the brush head, you don’t need water to brush with them.


Noise-canceling head phones

A crying baby in the seat behind you? These top-rated BOSE QuietComfort 45 noise-canceling headphones are perfect for travel – and everyday life too.


Travel shawl

Wear a big travel scarf or pashmina. It can double as a blanket on the plane and add an extra layer of warmth when you’re out and about on your trip.

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