Airplane Travel Accessory

Written by Robert Mac
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My favorite airplane travel accessory is a set of headphones. Although I don't travel nearly as much as I used to, I'm still on an airplane about once a month, and I know what works best for me. A book is another great airplane travel accessory--you don't have to turn it off for take-offs or landings--but nothing blocks out noise like headphones.

My first long airplane trip was from New York to Frankfurt, Germany; it was my post-college backpacking trip through Europe. I didn't want to pack anything that I wouldn't use often, so I left my Walkman at home, rationalizing that to get good use from it, I'd have to bring a lot of tapes. (This was back in the day when music was bulky; a Walkman was a smallish tape player.)

On my long flights to and from Europe, I wished I had something to listen to instead of the crying children, multi-lingual chatter, and engine noise. The flight attendant gave me some ear plugs, which helped a little, but I learned the hard way that long flights have long delays and long lay-overs; that's a long time to hear a lot of noise. Now, I always bring something I want to listen to.

Get an Airplane Travel Accessory for Your Specific Needs

Not everyone is bothered by noise the way that I am; some people just need a sleep mask and they can catch some Zs at a bowling alley. If you don't fly much and don't know which airplane travel accessory you'll need, think about what's important to you. Tall people bring knee protectors for the seat-backs in front of them, music people bring quality headphones, sleepy people bring their own blankets or pillows--to each his own.


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