The 25+ Best Travel Accessories for Staying Comfortable on Long Haul Flights

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As film festivals, awards shows and coronavirus vaccinations continue, so do flights carrying Hollywood stars and insiders to their destinations. A record number of travelers have passed through TSA checkpoints in recent months, with nearly 2.4 million people (the highest so far in 2022) going through on May 15, according to the U.S. agency.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that air travel is safe for those who are fully vaccinated, and the federal government stopped enforcing mask mandates in airports in April. The U.S. is still requiring that all travelers entering the U.S. provide a negative COVID-19 test within one day of departure before boarding.

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Luxury airline Aero has seen business take flight since its U.S. launch in February 2021, when it began offering private flights from Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles to Aspen. (It launched in Europe in 2019 with flights between Ibiza and Mykonos.) It rolled out flights last summer from L.A. to Sun Valley, Jackson Hole and Napa Valley and a route to Las Vegas debuted in October, while European offerings have expanded from London to Ibiza and Nice, Aero chief executive officer Uma Subramanian tells The Hollywood Reporter.

“We have seen demand continue to increase since Aero launched and throughout the pandemic,” says Subramanian. “[The coronavirus] has really illustrated that travel is essential to who we are as human beings, and so there is enormous pent-up demand for new travel experiences. At Aero, we are excited to welcome new and repeat guests on our routes in the U.S. and Europe.”

Aero’s luxury-loving clients are “clamoring for a seamless travel experience to visit destinations like Los Cabos,” adds Subramanian. “Aero’s guests are seeking a radically better air travel experience. They are discerning customers who value service, time and the quality of the experience. In Europe, our clients have told us they want to go to places like Nice, Ibiza, Mykonos, and Lake Como.”

“During the pandemic, we have built a loyal following with couples and families looking for better alternatives, which give them peace of mind. Many guests are now traveling regularly with Aero, many to their second homes,” continues Subramanian. The flight company’s clients have included Emma Roberts, Hollywood stylist Tara Swennen, DJ Mei Kwok, fashion designer Alana Hadid and musician Jack Gilinsky, among many others.

Whether you’re jetting off on a private plane or looking to recreate the luxury experience, we’ve rounded up some of the best long-haul travel accessories (but they’ll work just as well for your short trips, too). Ahead, check out our go-to flight essentials, from the luggage brands that frequently fly with A-listers to traveler-minded backpacks and must-haves for sleeping soundly.

1. Away Medium Suitcase in Lavender

Travel in one of this year’s most stylish hues with Away’s medium suitcase, which is now available in lavender. (The rest of the brand’s luggage also comes in the new colorway.) This check-in bag features the direct-to-consumer travel gear brand’s signature features such as a lightweight polycarbonate hard shell, 360-degree spinner wheels, an interior compression system and a water-resistant laundry bag.

Away Medium Suitcase in Lavender
Away Medium Suitcase in Lavender

Away Medium Suitcase in Lavender

$345


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2. Comrad Recycled Cotton Compression Socks

These cozy and stylish socks are nice on your feet and Mother Earth. Comrad uses recycled cotton for these compression socks, which come in a variety of colors and help to relieve swelling and boost circulation. They’re also great for post-workout recovery and the contoured design and stretch make them easy to put on and take off. (Brie Larson and Karlie Kloss have reportedly worn the brand.)

Comrad Recycled Cotton Compression Socks
Comrad Recycled Cotton Compression Socks

Comrad Recycled Cotton Compression Socks

$32


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3. Allbirds R&R Sweater

We’re fans of sustainable lifestyle brand Allbirds’ R&R collection ($98 to $118), which includes sweaters, hoodies and sweatpants in women’s and men’s sizes. The pieces are made of a special blend of organic pima cotton, hemp and Tencel, so expect to lounge on the plane in comfort while you’re wearing the classic fitted sweater and slim-fit sweatpants. Best of all, everything is carbon neutral.

Allbirds R&R Sweater
Allbirds R&R Sweater

Allbirds R&R Men's Sweater

$98


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4. Béis The Seatback Organizer

Never forget your stuff on the plane when you use Béis’ Seatback Organizer, which has plenty of compartments for your tablet, favorite book, snacks, stationery and more.

Béis The Seatback Organizer
Béis The Seatback Organizer

Béis The Seatback Organizer

$24


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5. EltaMD UV Lip Balm with SPF 36

Sunscreen is always a good idea regardless of your destination. Swipe on EltaMD’s UV Lip Balm has SPF 36 to keep your pucker hydrated mid-flight, then again once you land to protect your lips from the sun.

EltaMD UV Lip Balm with SPF 36
EltaMD UV Lip Balm with SPF 36

Buy: EltaMD UV Lip Balm with SPF 36 $13.00

6. eBags Pro Weekender Backpack

When you need a sturdy backpack with plenty of storage, eBags’ Pro Weekender can go from being carried on your back to your luggage handle. The convenient pass-through sleeve lets you attach the bag to your suitcase, and it fits underneath your seat so you can easily keep your things handy. The backpack has a TSA-friendly lay-flat padded laptop compartment, and you can fit about three days’ worth of clothing and essentials.

eBags Pro Weekender Backpack
eBags Pro Weekender Backpack

eBags Pro Weekender Backpack

$90


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7. Amazon Basics 3-Piece Hardside Spinner Luggage Set

You can’t beat the price of Amazon Basics’ three-piece luggage set, which comes with 21-, 26- and 30-inch scratch-resistant spinner suitcases, which roll comfortably from the terminal to the tarmac. It’s perfect for travelers who want a full matching set without breaking the bank, and each piece has four double spinner wheels, telescoping handles and fully-lined interior organizers with dividers. The luggage can also expand up to 15 percent so you can fit more when you head home.

Amazon Basics 3-Piece Hardside Spinner Luggage Set
Amazon Basics 3-Piece Hardside Spinner Luggage Set

Buy: Amazon Basics 3-Piece Hardside Spinner Set $198.74

8. Moon Dissolving Teeth Whitening Strips

For those who want bright pearly whites for all of those vacation selfies, these dissolving teeth whitening strips from Kendall Jenner-approved oral beauty brand Moon can be used wherever you are — whether it’s mid-flight or on the ground. The company says they’ll whiten teeth up to seven shades in about two weeks. (We like the fresh peppermint flavor, too.)

Moon Dissolving Teeth Whitening Strips
Moon Dissolving Teeth Whitening Strips

Buy: Moon Dissolving Teeth Whitening Strips $34.99

9. Sony LinkBuds S Truly Wireless Noise Canceling Earbuds

For those who prefer to drown out sound with pocket-sized earbuds (as opposed to bulkier over-ear headphones), we’re fans of Sony’s newly-released LinkBuds S, which offer excellent noise canceling on planes, convenient and intuitive touch controls, and smart features that automatically adjust the settings depending on your environment. The Integrated Processor V1 promises immersive sound quality for audiophiles, and they boast IPX4 water and sweat resistance. (If you do prefer headphones, we also love the company’s WH-1000XM5 Bluetooth headphones with automatic noise canceling.)

Sony LinkBuds S Truly Wireless Noise Canceling Earbuds
Sony LinkBuds S Truly Wireless Noise Canceling Earbuds

Buy: Sony LinkBuds S Truly Wireless Noise Canceling Earbuds $199.99

10. Gravel Layover Travel Blanket

No more fussing with itchy standard-issue fleece blankets that never cover your shoulders — Gravel’s packable and insulated Layover travel blanket is made of recycled water bottles and has a built-in foot pocket, and the snaps let you connect the edges (or attach another blanket) so your accessory stays put. It’s six feet long and 3.5 feet wide, and rolls up into a small pillow-sized stuff sack that measures seven inches by five inches by three inches. A zippered pocket lets you stow away your phone, headphones, wallet and other personal items, and the fabric is waterproof and anti-static.

Gravel Layover Travel Blanket
Gravel Layover Travel Blanket

Gravel Layover Travel Blanket

$129


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11. Dimj Packing Cubes, 8-Piece Set

Keep your belongings organized with these best-selling travel packing cubes, which come in a range of colors and eight- or nine-piece options. The sets include three sizes of clothing cubes, organizers for your tech accessories, shoe holders, and smaller zippered bags for your pocket-sized essentials.

 

 

Dimj Travel Packing Cubes
Dimj Travel Packing Cubes

Buy: Dimj 8-Piece Packing Cube Set $22.99

12. Calpak Luka Waist Bag

If you prefer to keep your essentials on your person, Calpak’s Luka waist bag is a comfortable and convenient choice. It’s made of lightweight fabric and features plenty of interior compartments and a hidden exterior pocket, and it can be worn as a fanny pack or crossbody.

Calpak Luka Belt Bag
Calpak Luka Belt Bag

Calpak Luka Belt Bag

$54


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13. Ostrichpillow Go Memory Foam Airplane Pillow

Buy: Ostrichpillow Go Memory Foam Airplane Pillow $59.99

14. Anker PowerCore 20100 Portable Charger

Ensure that all of your devices are powered up during and after that long flight with this high-speed portable charger by Anker. It’s got enough juice to charge smartphones five to seven times (depending on which model you have), and it recharges in as little as 10 hours when you use a two amp charger.

Anker Powercore 20100 Portable Charger
Anker Powercore 20100 Portable Charger

Buy: Anker PowerCore 20,100 mAh Portable Charger $59.99

15. Dagne Dover Essentials Clutch Wallet

Dagne Dover’s travel clutch doubles as a crossbody wallet for when you want to stay hands-free. The sleek leather carryall has eight card slots, zippered pockets for your phone and other essentials and a handy wrist strap.

Dagne Dover Essentials Clutch Wallet
Dagne Dover Essentials Clutch Wallet

Dagne Dover Essentials Clutch Wallet (reg. $135)

$79


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16. MedicPro N95 Masks

For extra peace of mind and safety, MedicPro’s CDC-approved N95 respirator face masks will filter out 95 percent of airborne particles, including droplets, dust and debris. They’re particularly handy if you’re heading to a dusty destination.

MedicPro N95 Masks
MedicPro N95 Masks

Buy: MedicPro N95 Masks, 10-Pack $22.95

17. Etekcity Luggage Scale

The last thing you need before a flight is to get stuck unpacking (and repacking) your belongings when you’ve exceeded the luggage weight limit. This portable luggage scale is an essential travel accessory to keep on hand so you can skip the hassle at check-in and weigh and reassess your baggage ahead of time.

Etekcity Luggage Scale
Etekcity Luggage Scale

Buy: Etekcity Portable Luggage Scale $12.50

18. Bose QuietComfort 35 II Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones

If a premium audio experience (or the ability to block out noise) and comfort are your top flight priorities, you’ll want to pack Bose’s QuietComfort 35 II wireless headphones. Whether you’re connecting to your own device or to on-flight entertainment, these around-ear Bluetooth headphones offer up to 20 hours of listening on a full charge, and you can choose from three levels of noise cancellation. The dual-microphone delivers clear sound on calls, and you can personalize your audio settings and switch between devices with Bose’s app. The headphones are also compatible with Amazon Alexa, so you can control your music, ask for information about your destination and more.

Bose QuietComfort 35 II Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones
Bose QuietComfort 35 II Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones

Buy: Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones $229.00

19. Enro Tech Face Mask

We’re fans of Enro’s comfortable and stylish face masks, which are available in two styles and in a range of sizes (including for kids), colors and prints. The brand says independent lab tests have found that its washable face coverings filter 99 percent of particles (including viruses and bacteria), thanks to the built-in PM0.1 filter. Thee masks have a water-repellent outer layer and an adjustable nose bridge and ear loops.

Enro Tech Face Mask
Enro Tech Face Mask

Enro Solid Tech Face Mask

$17


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20. Roam Expandable Luggage

If you’re the type of traveler that always ends up coming home with more baggage, Roam’s new Expandable line of luggage will help you carry the extra load. The travel brand offers four carry-on and check-in suitcase sizes (such as the 60-liter Jaunt XL) that can now carry up to 28 percent more, so you can pack light on the way and stuff your bag on the way back. You can also completely customize Roam’s luggage colors from the handle to the body to the wheels, and finish it with a monogram, too.

Roam Jaunt XL Expandable Luggage
Roam Jaunt XL Expandable Luggage

Roam The Jaunt XL Expandable Carry-On

$575


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21. Manta Sleep Eye Mask

Get light-free shut-eye with Manta Sleep’s blackout eye mask. It has adjustable modal eye cups that mold to your face (without preventing you from blinking), so you can enjoy your snooze session in comfort.

Manta Light Blocking Sleep Eye Mask
Manta Light Blocking Sleep Eye Mask

Buy: Manta Sleep Eye Mask $35.00

22. Tallgo Travel Neck Pillow

This memory foam neck pillow will make your mid-flight nap a more comfortable one. It’s made of soft velour material and the ergonomic design helps to support your head and neck when you’re sleeping in your plane seat. It comes with a storage bag and can be easily stuffed away when it’s time to deboard.

Tallgo Travel Neck Pillow
Tallgo Travel Neck Pillow

Buy: Tallgo Travel Neck Pillow $18.99

23. Stojo Collapsible Water Bottle

Avoid getting parched while reducing waste with Stojo’s collapsible silicone water bottle, which holds 20 ounces and comes in other stylish colors. It’s great for throwing in your bag when you know you’ll need to drink up later, but can’t bring your water through the TSA checkpoint.

Stojo Collapsible Water Bottle
Stojo Collapsible Water Bottle

Buy: Stojo Collapsible Bottle $20.00

24. July Carry-On Pro Luggage

Australian luggage brand July is the latest name in stylish travel accessories to land in the U.S. The company’s Carry On Pro suitcase is ideal for frequent travelers who prefer a sleek design and like to travel light and efficiently. This 26-liter luggage has a TSA-friendly lock, an ejectable USB charger and a detachable front sleeve for quickly removing your laptop (or whatever else you decide to stow in it) at the airport. Inside, a hidden laundry bag, convenient twin-strap compression system and storage compartments make it easy to organize your belongings.

July Carry On Pro Luggage
July Carry On Pro Luggage

July Carry On Pro

$295


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25. Bellroy Travel Folio

Keep your passport, boarding documents, vaccine card and other travel essentials in one sleek spot with Bellroy’s leather folio. It comes with RFID protection, a mini pen (as well as space for a full-sized one) and plenty of interior slots for your ID and credit cards.

Bellroy Leather Travel Folio
Bellroy Leather Travel Folio

Bellroy Travel Folio

$129


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26. Travelsox Flight Travel Socks

These travel-friendly socks are made of a blend of Coolmax, Lycra and nylon, which help to prevent moisture build-up. The compression design helps to reduce mid-flight foot swelling, stimulate blood flow and keep your feet comfortable while you’re seated for long periods.

Travelsox Flight Compression Socks
Travelsox Flight Compression Socks

Buy: Travelsox Flight Travel Socks $29.52

27. Monos Carry-On Pro Plus

Yet another luxury luggage option for stylish travelers, Monos’ Carry-On Pro Plus is for frequent flyers who also want to take advantage of the brand’s summer sale. (Brandi Cyrus was recently spotted flying out of Nashville with the same suitcase.) Made of aerospace-grade polycarbonate, this style fits a 15-inch laptop in the front compartment and fits in most overhead bins. It’s finished with vegan leather accents, super-quiet 360-degree wheels and a sturdy telescoping handle.

Monos Carry-On Pro Plus Luggage
Monos Carry-On Pro Plus Luggage

Monos Carry-On Pro Plus (reg. $347)

$295


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28. Everlane ReNew Transit Backpack

For essentials that you want to keep within arm’s reach on the flight, Everlane’s ReNew Transit backpack is compact enough to be stowed under your seat. Made of recycled polyester with a water-resistant finish, the backpack has comfy straps so you can breeze through the terminal, and the luggage pass-through strap lets you attach it to the handle of your rolling suitcase with ease. Inside, it’s got a compartment for a 15-inch laptop, a water bottle holder and two organization compartments; outside, there’s a large zippered pocket and an external bottle pocket.

Everlane ReNew Backpack
Everlane ReNew Backpack

Everlane ReNew Transit Backpack

$75


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29. Travelpro Maxlite Air Hardside Expandable Luggage

Packing more than a week’s wardrobe? We’re partial to Travelpro’s 29-inch checked hardside luggage, which is expandable and lightweight. It features a 100 percent polycarbonate shell that absorbs impact and can expand up to two inches. Other colorways are also available.

Travelpro Maxlite Air Hardside Expandable Luggage
Travelpro Maxlite Air Hardside Expandable Luggage

Buy: Travelpro Maxlite Air Hardside Expandable Luggage $199.99

30. Samsonite Stryde 111 Carry-On Spinner

When you expect to land at night, Samsonite’s new Stryde 111 carry-on spinner will keep your path illuminated, thanks to the brand’s built-in eVision LED lighting in the handle. USB ports keep your devices powered up when you add your own battery charger, and the inside includes three removable accessories to keep your items organized.

Samsonite Stryde 111 Carry-On Spinner
Samsonite Stryde 111 Carry-On Spinner

Samsonite Stryde 111 Carry-On Spinner

$550


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