Long-Haul Flight Survival: 7 Must-Have Items for Your Journey

These seven items will revolutionize your long-haul flight experience.
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Long-Haul Flight Survival: 7 Must-Have Items for Your Journey
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Attention, adventurers! Preparing for that grueling 16-hour flight from Atlanta to Johannesburg or the exhausting 13-hour trek from London to Nairobi? Buckle up! We’re about to unveil the seven essential items that’ll transform your long-haul flight from a cramped ordeal into a bearable (dare we say enjoyable?) experience

Long-haul flights have evolved dramatically since Pan American Airways launched the first transatlantic passenger service in 1939. 

That pioneering Boeing 314 Clipper flight from New York to Marseille lasted a staggering 23 hours and 45 minutes. Fast forward to today, and we’re looking at the mammoth Singapore Airlines flight SQ23 – a non-stop 19-hour journey covering 9,537 miles from New York to Singapore.

So, let’s dive into those must-have items for your next transcontinental journey.

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With up to 30 hours of battery life you can lose yourself in Burna Boys entire discography Image source Freepik

1. Noise-Canceling Headphones

First up, the Sony WH-1000XM4 or Bose QuietComfort 45. These aren’t just headphones; they’re your oasis in the cacophony of a Boeing 777.

They’ll drown out the persistent hum of those twin GE90 engines and the chatter of your row 23 neighbors. With up to 30 hours of battery life, you can lose yourself in Burna Boy’s entire discography during your 11-hour London to Accra long-haul flight.

2. Compression Socks

Next, slip into a pair of Physix Gear Sport compression socks. These aren’t your abuela’s stockings. With 20-30 mmHg of graduated compression, they’ll keep blood flowing smoothly in your legs during that 15-hour Dubai to Cape Town long-haul flight. Say goodbye to swollen ankles and reduce your risk of deep vein thrombosis.

3. Travel Pillow

Forget that flimsy U-shaped cushion. The Cabeau Evolution S3 is the Rolls Royce of travel pillows. Its memory foam molds to your neck, and it even straps to your headrest. Your cervical vertebrae will sing praises after your 12-hour long-haul flight from Paris to Kinshasa.

4. Portable Charger

The Anker PowerCore 26800 is your digital lifeline. With a massive 26800mAh capacity, it can fully charge an iPhone 12 almost 7 times. No more hunting for outlets in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport after your long-haul flight from Washington D.C.

5. Reusable Water Bottle

The LARQ self-cleaning water bottle is a game-changer. Its UV-C LED technology purifies water and eliminates up to 99.99% of bacteria.

Fill up at the numerous hydration stations in airports like O.R. Tambo in Johannesburg before your long-haul flight to New York. Your body will thank you – airlines typically keep cabin humidity at a desert-like 10-20%.

6. Eye Mask

The Manta Sleep Mask isn’t just an eye cover; it’s a portable blackout curtain. Its adjustable eye cups create complete darkness, crucial for melatonin production. You’ll arrive in Lagos after your 10-hour long-haul flight from London feeling refreshed and ready to hit the ground running.

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The iPad Air 5th generation is your boredom busting powerhouse Image source Freepik

7. Entertainment Tablet

The iPad Air (5th generation) is your boredom-busting powerhouse. Load it up with Nollywood classics, the latest Tendai Huchu novel, and addictive games like Two Dots. With up to 10 hours of battery life, it’ll keep you entertained for the entirety of your Cairo to Toronto long-haul flight.

Conclusion: Long-Haul Flight Survival

There you have it, diaspora globetrotters! These seven items will revolutionize your long-haul flight experience. From the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones to shield you from engine drones to the LARQ bottle keeping you hydrated at 35,000 feet, you’re now equipped for any transcontinental journey. 

So pack your bags, download your favorite Afrobeats playlist, and get ready to conquer that long-haul flight like a pro. Safe travels, and remember – no matter how far your long-haul flights take you, home is just a plane ride away!

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