There are certain R&R basics you know to toss in your carry-on: books, tablet, magazines…but then there are also less-obvious—yet totally crucial—accessories that can make or break a flight. Here are a few items to never set foot on the jetway without.
Even if you always carry a one, you will inevitably have switched handbags, loaned it out, or otherwise find yourself without one at some point. Check before boarding! Why? That crossword you dutifully remembered to pack (see #3) won’t fill out itself.
Sure, you can buy the airline’s overpriced plastic-and-foam headphones, but the standard set you have plugged into your iDevice right now is totally compatible with inflight plug-ins. And who are they kidding? You’re never going to ‘reuse’ the cheap kind they’re selling on future flights.
It’s always when you fail to pack your own entertainment that the puzzles in the back of the in-flight magazine will have all been completed. Play it safe by printing out a few free crosswords or Sudokus before boarding.
Universal charger (or at least your devices’ specific chargers):
Guess what? Continuously using your phone, iPod, or tablet (you know, the way you do in an airport) can sap the battery pretty fast. Fail to bring a charger and you risk not just being bored during your flight, but arriving in a new destination short a resource.
If you have fancy battery-powered headphones or other accessories, bring a backup set. Nothing short-circuits a flight faster than trying to pass the time by watching movies without sound.