Last Minute Stocking Stuffers
THERE'S STILL TIME!! If you're like me, you've been feeling the crunch of Holiday Shopping *insert emoji sweating profusely due to nerves, while frantically ripping random coffee mugs off the Homegoods Wall for loose aquaintances*
Instead of purchasing random gifts, I'd rather contribute to an amazing experience. This past year I have been on several 12+ hour flights and have compiled a master list of how to remain comfortable on a long ass flight, so you can get off feeling relaxed, rested, and ready to run head first into your next adventure. These items are fairly inexpensive and light weight and will be appreciated by that traveler in your life. Enjoy!
1. Bamboo Eye Mask: There's nothing worse than an eye mask that squeezes your eyeballs and makes you feel like your face is going to explode. This mask is my absolute favorite due to it's deep socket pockets (definitely the correct terminology #science). They ensure comfy space to rest your baby blue, brown, whatever's. It also ensures a full on black out. I.E. no light peeking from the top, bottom or sides. It has an adjustable head strap that guarantees a snug fit. I've worn these babies on 15 hour flights, at hostels that keep the lights on, or just when my travel partners are annoying me and I want to pretend they're not there (full disclosure, someone is usually doing this to me...and it's usually my sisters). They are made out of bamboo and keeps your face nice and cool, so you don't wake up with major forehead sweat (just me?). Best part, you can buy them in a package with....
2. Ear Plugs: The reason ear plugs make a great stocking stuffer gift is because no one really wants to buy these for themselves. However, by gifting someone with a nice set of ear plugs, you are essentially gifting them with sanity and a quality nap. Is there anything kinder? These ear plugs block out enough noise to diminish that ever present crying baby noise (love ya, you're cute, trying to sleep), but allow enough noise in so you won't miss the food trolley (#priorities).
3. Cucumber Face Mask: I was on multiple 12+ hour flights this past year and at the end of those flights my skin was dried up and hated me. I started taking these easy to pack 2 in 1 mask/ moisturizer combo with me. I even pack an extra in case the person sitting next to me is cool and down to mask. I usually give my seat partner a heads up whether they're participating or not because for a brief period of time you do look like Jason/a serial killer, (anything for beauty). You land with fresh, moisturized skin and a glowing aura (or so I'm told...by myself) It's so worth it!
4. Past Tense Roller: My friend got me hooked on essential oils. I usually want to bring all of them, but they're too bulky. She gave me a keychain size carry on pack that fits 6 tiny vials of essential oils and it was a game changer. I usually bring 1.) Peppermint, which is good for cooling down on hot days, 2.) lemon, which I always put in my water, 3.) eucalyptus, which helps with jet lag, 4.) serenity, that helps me konk on on planes/soothing for nervous flyers, 5.) on guard, which is a protective blend. However, if I just had to pick one, I'd always bring the past tense roller. It helps with headaches and it's soothing scent keeps you calm, cool and collected on flights. The scent isn't overpowering and it also reduces muscle tension.
5. Hand Sanitizer Key Chain: Don't let germs hold you back from petting all the animals and then eating all the food. My sister's think I'm gross because I tend to touch everything around me: walls, cats, railings, elevators, car doors, things I find on the ground, and then forget about it and eat food. Having this on the outside of my backpack makes it super accessible and will save you from pigeon induced pink eye. Victory!
6. Dr. Bronner's 18 in 1: I LOVE Dr. Bronner's and always have it in my toiletries. It is organic, never tested on animals, vegan, smells good and can be used for essentially anything you put your mind to: shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, soap, etc and so on. It has saved me plenty of times. Plus, it is concentrated so you can dilute with water and it lasts a really long time.
7. Portable Phone Charger: I like to pack light and in order to do this, I use my phone for many roles: travel apps, mobile passport, google maps, kindle, camera, and video. I do feel like it's crucial to disconnect, but having my phone really has helped me explore much more thoroughly, especially when I'm traveling solo. This particular phone charger is super tiny and uses battery.
8. Neck Pillows: Memory Foam or Inflatable : Ahhh, the dreaded neck pillow, imperative for optimal comfort, but a nightmare to drag around on long trips. I've tried literally every neck pillow and have provided one fit for a queen and one for light travelers. The memory foam neck pillow is luxurious to say the least. It keeps your neck cool and also has a tiny slot for your phone so you can listen to music and podcasts without your headphones getting all tangled around your neck and choking you out of your restful slumber. The inflatable one is still comfortable, easy to pack and you are able to easily deflate and forget about it until your next plane, train, or automobile ride.
9. Compression/Fuzzy socks: I have a special pair of socks that I only wear on airplanes. I lovingly call them my airplane socks because I'm super creative. On long flights, they help increase circulation and keep your feet toasty warm so you van save that measly airplane blanket for your upper body.
The best part about all of these products is that they are reusable and will easily fit into a carry on, without being annoying to travel with after the long flight.
Do you already use any of the products above? What are your must haves for long flights?
Hope your holidays are full of love, adventure and a couple cool stocking stuffers!