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Top 10 Travel Essentials for Long Flights

Kiki Wongo has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc.. All opinions are mine alone. #ShineWithClearEyes #MyShiningMoment #CollectiveBias

While traveling in an internationally touring band, we’ve experienced all kinds of travel treatment. From traveling in the trunk of a van cross country to first-class international flights, we’ve seen it all. With many trials and tribulations, I learned there are some things you just can’t live without on a long flight. So, without further ado, here are the Top 10 Travel Essentials for Long Flights

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When taking long international flights, one of the first things that gets me is the dreaded dryness. Since the airplanes are pressurized, it’s hard to keep moisture in the air causing eyes to get itchy and dry out.

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On the left is my eye treated with Clear Eyes Pure Relief® for Dry Eyes. The right is my irritated dry eye.

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Slip-On Shoes

Have you ever taken a long flight (perhaps international) with many layovers? Ever find yourself removing and putting back on your shoes multiple times through security and the flight? We feel you.

One of the most important pieces of clothing to bring on a long flight is slip-on shoes. With these at...foot, you can breeze through security. Also, you can easily put them on when taking intermittent bathroom breaks. Plus, they’re insanely comfortable.

If you don’t want to wear your favorite fuzzies out in public, you can get foldable slip-on shoes or really thin slippers and carry them on.

Face Wipes

When you don’t have access to a super flowing sink in the airplane, it’s great to use portable facial wipes. You can use these to remove any makeup from your travel to the airport. This will keep your skin fresh and breakout free throughout your flight.

Lip Balm

On most flights, one thing that can change as soon as you hit high altitude is the humidity. Generally, long flights seem to lose moisture pretty quickly. Unfortunately, lips are usually the first to suffer from this change in environment.

Keep lip balm in your pocket or your carry-on for easy access. Sometimes, I like to put it in the front pocket so I can apply several times during the flight. You never know when you’ll need it the most!

Keeping your lips moisturized on your flight will allow them to be luscious on your trip!

Neck Pillow

This, my friends, is my official signature must when traveling on long flights. As many of my bandmates can vouch, I used to take this on EVERY flight, even if it was only 45 minutes. Yes, it may seem extreme, but once you use one, you’ll never go without.

Sometimes, international airlines will supply you with a small pillow. These pillows are function, however, they don’t support your neck in front. This causes your head to fall forward and jar you awake from your dreams of your tropical getaway.

The handy dandy neck pillow keeps your head in place even during turbulence. It works well in chairs and in the back of tour vans, in case you were wondering.


Although airplane food tends to get a negative reputation, I actually look forward to plane meals. However, I don’t expect the rest of the population to share the same feelings about it. Thus, bringing a healthy and tasty snack is a great way to appease your appetite in the sky.

It’s important you bring items that don’t perish. The reason why I say this is because I brought leftovers once from a restaurant I loved on tour. Sadly, the entire meal squished in my bag and smelled up the whole plane.

Some great snacks to bring are trail mix, protein bars, some candy (not too much, haha), beef jerky, nuts and raisins.

Eye Mask

We all know that getting either the window seat or the aisle seat has its perks. Unfortunately, if you’re stuck with the dreaded middle seat, get ready for little to no control of your lighting.

However, an eye mask can instantly save your trip and your jet lag. These handy masks are lightweight, affordable, and can literally fit in your back pocket. They also keep reading lights, raised windows, and bathroom lights out of your sleep.

Great sleep means less fatigue and less bags under your eyes. So, don’t forget to get your beauty rest on your long flight!


With all the snacks, airplane food, and sleep on your long flight, fresh breath is hard to maintain. Bringing a pack of gum will help keep your mouth clean and teeth food free. Sometimes, airlines will provide this. However, it’s best to bring a pack in case. Better safe than sorry!

Water Bottle

One of the biggest beauty hacks that we all can agree on is keeping hydrated. But, it can be difficult to stay hydrated with the tiny cups of water passed around every few hours. It’s important to bring an extra water bottle that you can refill to stay hydrated during the flight.


After a long international flight, usually the flight attendants will turn on a fluorescent light to wake everyone up. I usually bring a compact of makeup and dab it on my face right before that light hits. Also, a nice pair of big-eyed sunglasses work really well to ease the transition from dark to light.

This is also a lifesaver since it serves as a little mirror so you can make sure you don't have any ick stuck between your teeth!

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Travel Essentials for Long Flights

Lead guitarist of the all Asian-American girl rock band, Nylon Pink. Shred head \m/ Collector of llama figurines Professional eater


  • Good list of essentials. I focus on staying hydrated and moisturised.

    • Thanks so much! That’s awesome! It’s super hard to keep moisturized on flights because of the pressure sometimes. What products do you use?

  • I could’ve used clear eyes on my last flight to Europe. My eyes were so dry and red. Gross.

    • Totally feel you! I’ve done the same thing in the past, but I’m super happy to be bringing it on my flight tomorrow! 🙂

  • These are really very useful essentials. The eye mask is something I would never forget and yes dry eyes is definitely an issue on long haul flights.

    • Thanks, Sandy! I ALWAYS forget to bring my eye mask and I end up buying one at the airport haha.


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