Travel Accessories Must Haves – Comfort tips on long flights

Travel accessories must haves - comfort tips for long flightsThis is the third of our series of reviews of products to consider for your travel accessories must haves. The accessories reviewed below give you comfort tips on long flights, also apply to other long journeys by road or sea, including travel pillow, blanket, eye mask and other products related to travel comfort that score the highest customer reviews on Amazon, meaning these are likely to be excellent products, especially if the majority of previous purchasers had good things to say about them.

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There could be a number of situations where you are undertaking a long journey by air, road, sea or train, you are confined to a seat that just isn’t as comfortable as your favourite easy chair at home. The legroom is restricted, the seat arms are hard, you may be squashed in and surrounded by other travellers. Plus the noise levels of lots of people in a confined space can become irritating especially if there are fractious babies or toddlers in your vicinity. Trying to relax or even sleep in such situations if your journey is long and possibly overnight can become something of a trial unless you carry the necessary comfort travel accessories with you for the journey.

Below are a few product reviewed which will help you get comfortable, stay warm, block out sights and sounds of other travellers and keep you safe if you are sitting down for long periods.

J Pillow - Travel pillow

Want to be fall asleep during your journey? Here is a travel pillow with a difference, it is a number 1 bestseller on both UK and US Amazon sites and will stop you waking up with a stiff neck. It’s unique design supports the back and side of your head, your neck and chin, which stops your head from falling forward. No more nodding dog impersonations as you are awoken by your lolling head!! The J pillow filling is foam and it does fold down although the only downside is you will still need to find space for it in luggage.

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J Pillow - travel pillow

Travelrest 4-in-1 Premier Class Travel Blanket with Pocket

For those journeys where the air conditioning is turned up little too much and you want to keep warm while you sleep, this is a poncho style blanket that you wear over your head. As your head fits through a hole and the blanket covers your shoulders it will not slip down. The material is micro fleece which is soft, warm and comfortable. The blanket has a zip pocket at the front to keep personal belongings safe while you are sleeping. It has built in carry case. The 4-in-1 functions are that it can be used as a blanket, pillow, lumbar support and carry case. The blanket is machine washable and the opened size is 152cm x 101cm.

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Travelrest 4-in-1 Premier Class Poncho Travel Blanket

Bedtime Bliss Contoured Eye mask / Sleep mask

If you are one of those people who find it hard to sleep in places where there is ambient light around you, this eye mask may be the answer. It is a number 1 bestseller on the US Amazon site, is soft and comfortable and will even block out the bright morning sun. The mask is contoured so there is no pressure on your eyes and you can even open your eyes while wearing it without touching the masking. It can be worn by adults and children. This mask is also great for use at home, if you are one of those people who needs complete darkness to fall asleep. Also ideal for afternoon naps or if your partner reads in bed at night and you want to go to sleep. It has adjustable straps, comes with a carry pouch and a free set of foam ear plugs

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Bedtime Bliss Contoured & Comfortable Sleep Mask

Hearos Ear Plugs - Xtreme Protection Series

Can’t sleep because there’s too much noise around you? Try these ear plugs. They have a high noise reduction rating and are perfect for blocking out unwanted noise or noise that might damage your ears. They can be used for sleeping, studying, blocking out your partner’s snoring and offer ear protection for events like concerts or motor sports. The earplugs are made from a soft foam material and are washable, they can also be trimmed to size.

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Hearos Ear Plugs - Xtreme Protection Series

Compression DVT Flight Socks

For any kind of long journey where you are likely to be confined to your seat for long periods it is worth considering wearing compression socks (anti embolism stockings) to prevent DVT (Deep Venous Thrombosis). See the section “Wear anti embolism stockings to prevent DVT” on the Air Travel How To Guide for more information on DVT and good preventative tips. This applies to travel by air as well as long car, bus or train rides.  

NOTE: As there are many different types, sizes and colours of compression socks the links below are for the Amazon pages of DVT flight socks not an individual product.

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Compression DVT Socks

Knee Defender

Ever been on a flight and had your knees crushed by the person in front of you reclining their seat without looking? I am 1.9m (6’ 3”) so this has happened to me often and it is very annoying not to mention painful. Consequently I was interested to hear of a controversial product that stops the person in front of you reclining their seat. It is such a simple device but works brilliantly. You lower the tray table on the back of the seat in front of you and then clip one of the Knee Defender devices onto each arm of the lowered tray table. This stops the seat from being reclined. Many thousands of these devices have been sold BUT be warned this has caused arguments on airplanes before now.

WARNING: If someone insists on reclining their seat and you fit a device that stops them doing so, be prepared to compromise or a heated argument could ensue.

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Knee Defender

If you found the above reviews of travel accessories must haves - comfort tips on long flights helpful, please share so others can benefit from the information as well or if you have any questions or tips of your own for comfort travel accessories leave a comment below.

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Neil

I grew up in the UK and still live there today. Throughout my life I have travelled extensively in Europe, Asia, Australasia and US on holidays, mini breaks, business travel and longer travelling trips, so founded http://TopTipsForHolidays.com to help people by providing top tips for holidays and travel.

14 Comments

  1. Hi Neil,
    As one who has taken several cross-Atlantic Ocean trips, plus 6 trips to Hawaii from the East Coast of the U.S. your article has a great number of products to enable one to enjoy his/her long flight as much as possible.

    I’m 6’1″ myself and I especially liked the knee defender item myself. As to any individual sitting in front of me who issued the complaint that, in all reality his/her having the need to recline the seat so that he/she would be practically on top of you I’d say “tough luck, pal”. The problem with so many people are that they think so selfishly of themselves without taking into account that their actions, (such as reclining his seat too far back and creating an imposition to that person behind them) create unpleasant situations for others.

    I also got a kick of out the earplugs remembering the final leg of an overnight trip I had which originated in Hawaii with a stop-over in L.A. before heading eastbound to land in NYC.

    These 3 annoying women seated behind me and this other gal and plastered with the intake of a bit of liquor as well were making a lot of noise with laughter and loud talking at 2 am in the morning when 99% of the other passengers in the plane were trying to sleep.

    At first dirty looks back at them did nothing, as did my making sarcastic remarks to my seat passenger about the rudeness of those loud mouth women gabbing away behind us. Finally a call to the flight attendant who basically told them to shut up solved the problem. I only wish that back then I had the noise-cancelling “Beat’s” headphones that I have no meant for listening to music.
    Those 3 annoying women would not have been heard by me.

    Really all of the products that you listed, all rated highly over at Amazon would be of use to any readers who had to deal with the problems of flying on long flights.

    Great job on your part, sir and the fact that you had images of all the products plus each of their Amazon ratings from other customers served to promote the products even better!
    Jeff

    • Hi Jeff,

      I totally agree with you that it can be very annoying when other passengers seem to show no cconsideration for fellow passengers. However, that is why I suggest items like ear plugs and eye masks above and headphones in this post so that you can block out unwanted sights and sounds when travelling. You have the same idea I see.

      Thanks very much for your comment

      Neil

  2. I love the extra things you have within your site that really help with traveling! The whole list of products that are useful for traveling was brilliant, especially adding the Amazon links. Very well put together and useful. I will definitely keep this site in mind when about to go on a trip. Very useful tips and suggestions. Plus, the graphics and designs created a very nice atmosphere to the page. Thank you. 🙂

  3. Will the use of the Knee Defender deprived the rights of the passenger in front of having a more comfortable rest? I am 1.83m and quite frankly I hate it when the person in front recline their seat. But what can I do? I have seen argument before in the plane because of this.

    • I am in a similar situation to you because I am also tall (1.9m) and I also don’t like it when the person in front reclines their seat without looking behind to check who is sitting behind them. If you are going to use the Knee Defender compromise has to be the key to avoiding arguments on the plane. If using one really upsets the person in front just don’t use it and respectfully ask them not to recline their seat. The same outcome just a different way to go about it. I have often asked the person in front if they would mind NOT reclining their seat as doing so is breaking my knees. 🙂

      Thanks

      Neil

  4. You definitely display some key travel accessories as you call your must have comfort tips on long flights.
    Some of them I have seen quite often and my wife already has a few of them.
    One of them I have heard about but never seen them before that are really good is the compression socks.
    The second one you feature that I did not know about is the knee defender that I could see a lot of people wanting and your right about what could arise from using them.
    Good up date on keeping us informed.

    • Hi Travis,

      Thanks for your comments. As I say in the article compression flight socks can be useful for prevention of DVT. Anyone with blood circulation issues should consider wearing them but it is important to measure yourself to get the right size, as wearing the wrong size could do more harm than good. If you are considering getting one of the knee defenders I would advise using it with care and consideration for other passengers and you may need to not use the device at all if the person in the seat in front takes exception to the fact they can’t recline their seat.

      Thanks

      Neil

  5. These are some great ideas, especially the pillow and blanket. Those can definitely bring some comfort to a long ride.
    The knee defender seems like a problem waiting to happen though haha.. the person in front of you not being able to recline. I wouldn’t need it anyways since I’m only a couple inches over 5 feet.

    • Hi Gina,

      Yes the Knee Defender has previously cause some arguments when people can’t recline their seat if they want to. Someone of your height is unlikely to ever have the problem of crushed knees when the person in front reclines their seat but I thought I would include it if people of my height (6′ 3″) or taller want to risk the potential confrontation with the person in front. “Compromise” has to be the key point here, if using the device causes an argument don’t use it and respectfully ask the person in front to not recline their seat. The other reason people of any height may want to use such a device is if they are working on a laptop resting on the tray table, which becomes almost impossible when the seat in front is reclined.

      Thanks

      Neil

  6. Hi Neil, I found your site to be very informative. You mentioned something about a leopard print suitcase. I never thought about how handy that could be when trying to sort your luggage from everyone’s identical suitcase. You also mentioned keeping documents in duplicate. That’s a great idea. You’d think I’d fly more, living in Canada, but I take most of my vacations by taking 12 hour drives to the coast. I just might take some of your advice for the next time that I fly.

    Take care,
    Shawn

    • Hi Shawn,

      Yes it was a lady who left a comment on the ‘Travel Accessories Must Haves – Best luggage airline travel’ post. She said she had a leopard print suitcase, which as well as looking good comes in handy for recognising your own suitcase at the airport. Documents in duplicate is useful, I also upload most of my travel docs included copies of passport and driving license to scure online storage so you can retreive them via mobile phone. Canada is a huge country and correct me if I’m wrong but I suspect some people get used to driving long distances. The major advantage of driving over flying is you get to see a lot more of the country but flying is lots quicker if you want to get there in a hurry.

      Thanks

      Neil

  7. Loved reading about travel accessories and Holiday travel. I traveled overseas to Europe and found it difficult sleeping on the airplane. Your travel tips and recommended accessories will definitely be on my list next time I go!!
    Travel comfort is important especially when you’re on the airplane for hours without much room to stretch.

    • Hi Theresa,

      Yes I know just what you mean! Long haul flying can get a bit uncomfortable, especially if you are flying economy where the seats are more crowded together. This was the main reason for this post; anything that helps your comfort can help you snooze and pass the journey time away. If you are on a long haul flight, it is important to get up out of your seat often, stretch and move around to get your blood circulating.

      Thanks

      Neil

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