Long Flight Comfort, Updated

As you read this I am on my way to Manila, in the Philippines. It is a looooong way from Texas to Manila, taking about 26 hours of travel time. The longest leg by far is from DFW to Tokyo, clocking in just over 13 hours. Luckily, I have gotten an upgrade to business class for the trip out there (I should find out if I got one on the way back this week), which will make things a lot more comfortable. But there are still a few things that I need to make this trek as easy as possible. I’ve posted about this before, both what I took and how those things ended up working out (part 1 and part 2). While my list has significantly diminished, I am taking some tried and true items, as well as testing out a few new things. I’ll report back once I get home!

My  comfort items, all in my fabulous Lo and Sons O.G. tote:

  • Cabin cuddler. I’m taking this new item instead of a full blanket. In theory, its interesting shape will completely cover you but is less bulky than a traditional blanket.
  • Pashmina. Of course!
  • Eye mask. A must for good sleeping! Combine this with the White Noise app on my phone and a Tylenol PM, and I will be out like a light.
  • Toiletry bag. I have to have lotion, lip balm, face cleansing wipes, toothbrush and toothpaste, and face spray. Otherwise I will get all dried out.
  • Slippers. Definitely one of the winners from last time. This way I don’t have to put my shoes on every time I want to get up on the plane.
  • Compression socks. Now that I know how well these work, I will never travel overseas without them.
  • Kindle, knitting, magazine, journal. Have to entertain myself! With these items and the in-flight movies, I should be good even for 13 hours.

I am also taking a variety of food so I have healthy snacks when I arrive.

  • Emergen-C
  • Crystal Lite
  • Crackers
  • Tuna
  • Dove Darks
  • Laughing Cow cheese
  • Almonds

I tried to pack so I could carry on, but then my suitcase was just too heavy. Oh well, maybe next time!



  1. Tell me more about the compression socks. What kind of difference do they make for you? I’ve thought about getting them, but I’m not really sure what they would do for me.

  2. Gah, I used to travel that route four times a year! I have to say, my favorite part was always getting to hang out in the AA lounge at Narita. Hope your trip goes well!

  3. @Kim Sorry for the delayed response! Internet connections were not as good as I hoped in Manila.
    Compression socks are great because they keep circulation up in your legs, which does two things: 1) Keeps your feet from swelling; 2) helps prevent deep vein thrombosis. I highly recommend!!

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