Making air travel more comfortable

By Angie Robert

Satori World Medical

Long air travel can be both physically and mentally taxing. I recommend always bringing a small carry-on bag with you, packed with the basic essentials such as any prescription medication, an extra set of clothes and personal valuables, just in case your checked luggage is lost, stolen, damaged or gets delayed. Below are a few more items to bring in your carry-on that can make your flight more comfortable and the time go by a little faster.

1.The drone of the airplane engine, talkative travelers and crying babies can make it hard to sleep on a plane. Bring earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones to drown out the noise.
2.Neck pillows can make the seats more comfortable and help you catch some sleep during the flight.
3.Bring entertainment such as a music player, reading material or a cross word puzzle to pass the time.
4.Airline food can be heavy and often high in sodium. Pack a light, healthy snack like dried fruits, nuts or a protein bar for when you are feeling hungry during your flight.
5.Protect yourself from getting sick on the plane by bringing hand sanitizer (make sure to abide by TSA’s 3-1-1 rule), anti-bacterial wipes and vitamin C supplements.
6.Since changes in cabin air pressure can cause earaches, bring a pack of chewing gum to ease ear pressure during takeoff and landing.

Remember not to over pack your carry-on bag, as some airlines may charge an additional fee or make you check the bag if it doesn’t comply with their carry-on weight and dimensions. Also make sure that the bag is light enough so you can easily lift it into the overhead bins.