Travel Gadgets – If you love vacations and long-distance travel as much as we do, you probably already have a few tips & tricks on how to make your time on the plane as enjoyable as possible. Whether you’re a seasoned jetsetter or a first-time flyer, a well-planned plane trip can make the difference between a smooth journey and a stressful odyssey.
Cushions, footrests, adapters: the best gadgets
Never before have more people used airplanes than this year. Everyone likes to travel and air travel is becoming more and more popular. But many don’t think about other useful gadgets for the flight besides buying high-quality suitcases. Whether it’s maximizing your comfort on board, preparing for unforeseen situations, or simply getting the most out of your flying experience, we’ve compiled a list of helpful products to make your next flight as enjoyable as possible.
Salt water nasal spray
Did you know that the humidity in flight cabins is often as low as 10 percent? This is mainly due to the combination of low air pressure and extremely low temperatures outside the aircraft. As a result of this low humidity, both the skin and mucous membranes, including those in the nose, can dry out.
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This dryness can weaken the body’s natural defense mechanisms, especially in an environment where many people are together in a confined space. It also creates an opportunity for various viral pathogens to thrive. To take care of yourself while traveling, you should regularly use a nasal spray with a salt water solution on long flights, such as a flight to New York. This helps to keep the nasal mucosa sufficiently moisturized.
On an airplane, there is usually a power outlet where you can charge your cell phone and other devices. However, in waiting areas or during transfers, e.g. by bus, the situation can be different. Therefore, it is always a good idea to have a powerbank with you. Note, however, that you can’t pack a powerbank in your checked luggage. Because only in your hand luggage you can react quickly in case of a short circuit. To be sure that your powerbank is allowed, you should check with your airline beforehand about the specific regulations.
If you find yourself in a foreign country during a layover and need to charge your cell phone, camera, laptop, and other devices, you may run into the frustrating situation of your plug not fitting into the outlet. In such cases, a universal adapter can be a lifesaver. It is also useful to have one in certain accommodations abroad.
Chewing gum against ear pressure
The pressure fluctuations during flight can lead to overpressure or underpressure in air-filled body cavities such as the ear, which can be uncomfortable and clearly noticeable during descent. However, this problem can usually be remedied by swallowing, exhaling forcefully with closed lips and nose, or chewing gum.
E-book or tablet
The number one rule for long trips is to not get bored, but sometimes that’s not so easy. Once dinner is over and you realize you’ve already watched all the movies on the in-flight entertainment system, you quickly run out of options. It’s a different story if you have an e-book or tablet, which are among the most important gadgets for the plane.
These small electronic devices allow you to load countless books and games in advance and access them offline during the flight. This is especially beneficial for avid readers, as you can carry numerous books without taking up extra space in your luggage. Moreover, e-books have a matte screen that offers a reading experience similar to that of a real book. So you’re guaranteed to be entertained throughout the flight.
Neck pillow and sleep mask
To ensure a restful sleep on a long flight and make the most of your vacation destination, consider these helpful gadgets: An inflatable neck pillow: This u-shaped pillow is easy to stow in your carry-on and inflate when needed. It’s especially beneficial if you have an aisle seat. It allows you to rest your head comfortably and relax, even in a potentially uncomfortable sitting position.
A sleeping mask for the eyes: The neck pillow in combination with a sleeping mask is an ideal combination. The sleep mask not only provides darkness and thus better sleep, but also a sense of privacy by shielding your eyes from unwanted glances.
Headphones or earplugs
The noise-canceling headphones are equipped with noise cancellation that effectively suppresses loud machine noise. These headphones are useful not only for air travel, but also perfect for undisturbed reading in cafes or at the airport. We recommend in-ear headphones as they are compact and comfortable. However, it is highly recommended to bring your own headphones, as they often offer better quality than those provided by the airlines. If you don’t want to spend too much money, earplugs can be a good alternative.
The inflatable footrest is an ideal travel pillow. It can be used on planes, cars, trains or buses, adapting to any situation and providing much needed support for your legs. This pillow is especially beneficial for people with short legs on long flights and relieves discomfort. Thanks to the adjustable height, it is suitable for everyone. The soft coating of the pillow is comfortable for your feet and can be easily removed and washed when needed. In addition, its compact design makes it easy to store, saving valuable space.
The smartphone holder is versatile and can be attached to various surfaces such as airplane seats, tables, shelves, cabinets, beds, treadmills, train or bus seats. It’s compact and convenient for travel, especially on airplanes, as it lets you enjoy YouTube, Instagram or movies without having to hold your phone in your hand all the time. The adapter can be adjusted to your preferred angle for comfortable in-flight entertainment.
Air travel made easy: Never stress on the plane again
With these indispensable travel companions in your luggage, you can now start your next flight full of anticipation and well prepared. Here you can find a useful table, with all the gadgets and their advantages summarized:
|Salt water nasal spray||Moisturizes the nasal mucosa, strengthens defense mechanisms, reduces susceptibility to infection.|
|Powerbank||Charges your devices on the go, especially useful when there are no outlets in waiting areas or buses.|
|Universal adapter||Fits into various sockets, prevents frustration and allows charging devices in foreign countries.|
|Chewing gum against ear pressure||Relieve ear pressure caused by pressure fluctuations during flight.|
|E-book or tablet||Entertaining in-flight activity, allows access to countless books and games offline.|
|Neck pillow and sleep mask||Facilitates a restful sleep on long flights, provides comfort and privacy.|
|Headphones or earplugs||Noise cancelling option for a quiet and pleasant journey.|
|Inflatable footrest||Provides support and comfort for the legs, ideal for long flights and short legs.|
|Smartphone holder||Attach your smartphone to various surfaces for convenient entertainment on the plane and elsewhere.|