Thursday, November 10, 2022

Stuff I Like: Travel Hacks!

I have two big trips coming up and they're both international with long-ass flights. (Flying to Europe from the West Coast instead of the East Coast has been quite an adjustment.) I'm a pretty good flyer but I'm always looking for ways to make my economy-seat flight more comfortable. Here are a couple of things I have that make long flights easier and a couple of new purchases I'll be trying out on the next trip:

Airfly Bluetooth Wireless Adapter
I love two things on an airplane: Noise-canceling AirPods and in-flight movies. My AirPods Pro are a game-changer on flights! Just by reducing the amount of noise around me, it's helps to make for a more relaxing experience. However, I've had to use wired earbuds to watch in-flight movies which is a drag. Not anymore! Marianne told me about this gadget that plugs into the earphone jack and connects to your wireless earphones! SO HAPPY. I haven't had a chance to use it yet but I can't wait. Technology is amazing.

Compression Socks
I am old and I'm excited about compression socks. On long-haul flights, I sometimes get this weird buzzy sensation in my body/legs that makes it really hard to get comfortable. (There might be a medical explanation/term for this? I'm not sure how else to describe it.) I'm hoping that wearing compression socks will help tamp down the buzz and y'all know I love Bombas, so I recently bought a pair of their fancy compression socks. Who's a sexy lady in her compression knee socks? That would be me. 

And a couple of fully tested items:

Sleep Eye Mask
I bought this eye mask back in August and got to try it out when I flew to Knoxville. 10/10 it's a good one! It doesn't put pressure on your eyeballs and it truly blocks out all light. It also makes you look slightly insane. I'm still bad at sleeping on a plane but this definitely made it easier to pretend. 

Trtl Wrap Pillow
I hate most travel neck pillows - they're always too thick in the back and they're bulky and ugh. I bought this Trtl wrap thingy back in 2018 and I'm still using it! I like that it packs down pretty flat and it is mostly pretty comfortable? It's weird and takes some practice but I still like it and use it so there's that. 

What are your travel hacks? What items or strategies make flying easier for you? Please leave a comment and let me know. 

PS. I also need to report back on my new Calpak Luka duffel and belt bag! I'm planning a pre-review/packing post for next week but the real test will be my upcoming trip. We shall see! 


  1. I bought that trtl wrap thing after seeing an insta ad. It seems too---tall? I didn't think I was particularly short-necked. Any tips?

    1. I had to practice at home to figure out what worked for me. It's pretty squish-able so you can really bend the crap out of the support piece to make it work for you.


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