Best Items for Sleeping on Airplanes:
- Eye mask
- Neck pillow
- Travel blanket
- Noise-canceling headphones
- Compression socks
- Natural sleep aid
From Travel Tips on Airfarewatchdog by Ricky Radka.
Now, I have my own list, which has served me well over the years. I am not a big fan of carrying extra items on a long flight, and for two to three weeks on the ground at my destination.
Of the items listed above, I have only packed Bose headphones. I rely on the airline to provide a pillow, and blanket. Compression socks are a great idea, I have some, and need to start bringing and wearing them.
For sleep, I always obtain a prescription from my doctor for zolpidem (brand name Ambien). I use it on any flight over 5 or 6 hours.
But my secret for sleeping on a long flight: upgrade with your miles or points to First Class. It works every time!!
I also prefer the row with just a single seat, whether on the window or center.
I always take my shoes off, and use the socks provided by the amenity kit.
I always bring a bottle of water and a light snack.
Post pandemic, I also bring hand sanitizer and sanitary wipes.
See you in Asia or Europe very soon, I hope!
PS: Singapore Airlines in First Class is heavenly.