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    23 Things To Keep You Entertained During Your Next Flight

    Okay, vacations are fun, but getting there (and home) is the woooooorst.

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    1. A refillable traveler's notebook that comes with everything you need to record all the memories from your trip so you can look back fondly on it in the years to come.

    Promising review: "I really enjoyed having this on my trip. I like that I can remove the journal after I'm done filling it and store it as my New Zealand travel journal and then put in a replacement for my next adventure. I also like having room to store ticket stubs, maps, or small coins. The leather holds up nicely, and the pen writes smoothly." β€”Tina B

    Get it from Amazon for $25.47.

    2. Or a set of cards to make your trip anything but ordinary: When you want to spice things up, pick a card and complete the task for an unexpected turn in your travels!

    Promising review: "This is amazing!!!! I bought this for my husband for a mega trip we have planned this spring. We will be in Europe for 35 days. I read some of the cards, and I cannot wait to use them. The ideas and prompts make you think about doing things that will get you involved in the culture, interact with the people, and engage all your senses. I'm so excited!!" β€”Sherrie

    Get it from Amazon for $7.89.

    3. A travel pillow that will make falling asleep a breeze β€” the next thing you know, you'll be at your destination.


    Promising review: "I travelled extensively with this pillow (four eight-plus-hour flights), and I got more sleep than expected (five to six hours). It works great for bus rides as well. It also helps you nap anywhere when you turn it into a normal pillow. It doesn't smell either." β€”Pratik

    Get it from Amazon for $14.29+ (available in black, blue, and purple).

    This is our pick for best cheap travel pillow on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    4. A travel stub diary so you can organize all of your photos and memorabilia from your trip, with space in the margins to jot down notes.

    Promising review: "Don't leave home without this book in your suitcase. It's perfect for keeping travel memorabilia, such as ticket stubs, photos, playbooks, and more." β€”Angela N. Payne

    Get it from Amazon for $9.58.

    5. A book of crossword puzzles that will challenge your mind β€” but just be sure to bring a pencil, unless you're confident you'll be able to finish it in pen!

    Promising review: "The format is perfect. It's an excellent size for traveling. Each puzzle is presented on two pages (clues on one page, grid on the other), so puzzle squares are roomy, and you can easily read the clues. And of course, what's not to love about The New York Times' Sunday theme puzzles?" β€”P. D. Lawton

    Get it from Amazon for $10.70.

    6. A magnetic chess set so you can stay on the grid the whole time β€” the chess grid, that is.

    Promising review: "We love this chess set. The board is a good size and is much better than the smaller travel magnetic sets. The pieces have a good quality feel to them. The magnets are strong enough to keep everything in place for ordinary bumps and wiggles to the board." β€”WRA

    Get it from Amazon for $13.42.

    7. A pair of wireless headphones that fold up to easily fit in your carry-on and will block out all the noise and let you live in your own world for a bit.


    Promising review: "I love these headphones! I bought them for a month-long trip abroad, and they never let me down! The wireless Bluetooth feature is a lifesaver, and the side has a play/pause/skip feature that worked seamlessly as well. They hold a charge for a super-long time. I actually never had them die on me. I just plugged the headphones in every few days. I bought the Mpow case for these and really liked that as well. They're definitely an upgrade from crappy wired earbuds and are worth every penny!" β€”Amber Boop

    Get them from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in seven colors).

    These are also our pick for best cheap wireless headphones on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    8. A book to help you plan your current trip (or next trip or the trip after that) because it's got all the information on the top 500 sights and attractions to visit in the world.

    Promising review: "I love this book, and I recently started giving as a gift. The recipients love it too. The photography is amazing. We are all marking how many of the top places in the world we have been, and I recently detoured a part of my vacation just to go to a place in the book. I've been to 106 places and counting." β€”Missadventure

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    9. A portable charger so you can keep all of your devices at 100% throughout your trip.


    Promising review: "This is the best power bank I have ever used. It charges my phone about three times. Plus, it's small enough to keep in my pocket. I am really glad I spent my money on this." β€”Melody Lopez

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    This is also our pick for best cheap portable battery on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    10. An activity book to help you confirm how horrible air travel actually is.

    This fun book features a number of different activities including security-line coloring, airport scavenger hunts, word games, and more things to help keep you occupied during your trip.

    Get it from Walmart for $8.95 or Barnes & Noble for $8.95.

    11. A Kindle so you can stock up on books to read for whatever mood you're feeling.

    Promising review: "This is the perfect digital reader. I just returned home from weeks of travel, and I was so happy to have my Kindle Paperwhite. I know that some of my fellow travelers still enjoy the feel of a book in their hand, but when traveling on planes, buses, and trains without access to reliable lighting, I was able to read anywhere and at any time of the day. It also relieved me from the weight concerns of traveling with books. I remember the days of traveling with books (many books if it was a long trip) that would weigh me down, and now that is so unnecessary. The flexibility of my Paperwhite is just the best. It doesn't strain your eyes, and I can have multiple books from different genres going at the same time." β€”Lou Who

    Get it from Amazon for $119.99.

    12. Or a Kindle fire tablet if you want to read but also take a break and watch a movie or TV show. You can download the Netflix app and then download movies and TV shows to watch without Wi-Fi.

    Promising review: "I bought this to provide me with reading and entertainment while traveling for work. It replaced my iPad mini. The thing I love about it is the memory expansion SD slot. I bought a 64 GB SD card, and I can download many movies and TV shows from Netflix and Amazon Prime, along with music." β€”JimH

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in four colors).

    13. The Chatbook app, which can help you create a photo book of memories from your trip just using your phone. Connect the photos from the trip and then just select which ones you want to add to the book. / Via chatbooks

    Design a photo book starting at $10. Download the app for iOS or Android.

    14. An activity book for kids to keep them entertained, whether you're driving to grandma's house, going to the Grand Canyon, or flying to Europe.

    Promising review: "This was a great choice to keep a youngster busy during a long road trip." β€”0romeoromeo

    Get it from Walmart or Jet for $7.62, Barnes & Noble for $9.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

    15. A travel cribbage board and a deck of cards to challenge your travel partner or seatmate to a game (or two).

    Promising review: "We are loving using this cribbage board during our travels. It fits great in my pocket." β€”Rod Snavely

    Get the cribbage board from WalnutStudiolo on Etsy for $45+ and the deck of cards from Amazon for $2.99.

    16. Or a travel checkers game if cribbage isn't your style but you're still a fan of playing games.

    Promising review: "My daughter loves both checkers and magnetic travel games, so this was win. It's a bit bigger case than some of our other games, but it is nice and flat and easy to slip into her backpack for taking on the plane or in the car. The pieces are a nice fat foam and are easy to keep track of." β€”Janice Siegford

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (also available in Tic-Tac-Toe).

    17. Sheet masks to help you relax and take a moment for yourself during the trip.

    Promising review: "I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of these masks. When ordering such a 'cheap' product, I wasn't expecting such great results. I am very impressed with the ease of these masks since they are sheets. The scents are nice, and I love the way my skin feels after using them! I fully recommend these to anyone interested in a facial mask. They are perfect for home or for traveling!" β€”Sara Briggs

    Get a 16-pack from Amazon for $9.49.

    18. A margarita carry-on cocktail kit to make your experience in coach next to that screaming baby feel like you're in first class.

    Promising review: "This is the perfect travel companion! I bought it as a Christmas gift for my coworker who always has a margarita before her flights. I figured this way she wouldn't have to rush, and she could make her seat neighbor jealous." β€”Sue

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $24 (also available in Gin and Tonic, Old Fashioned, Moscow Mule, Hot Toddy, Italian Spritz, and Champagne).

    19. A dry-erase travel activity pad so when you're stuck on the tarmac, you can erase and start over again and again and again. (Your kids won't remember they've done it before, right?)

    Play 17 classic word, number, and picture games, such as hangman and I-spy. Recommended for kids ages 6 and older.

    Get it from Walmart for $4.99.

    20. A travel knitting bag to keep your yarn in order as you fully accept your grandma status.

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $35.

    21. A coloring book that will keep you focused on your end destination and relaxed the whole way there.

    Promising review: "This is a very cool adult coloring book. It has excellent scenes and historical places. The scenes aren't too simple or complex for coloring. Some other books get so detailed they make my eyes hurt, but this one does not. I like how unique this coloring book is." β€”Renee Russell

    Get it from Amazon for $8.64.

    22. A travel bingo card you can play when you arrive at your destination to help make sure you're actually paying attention to what's around you!

    Promising review: "This is the best idea. I cant wait to go on my holiday, and this will ensure that I'm keeping my eyes open and not missing anything." β€”Samantha Finn

    Get it from SarahLambertCook on Etsy for $3.50 (also available for Paris, Venice, Amsterdam, Morocco, and San Francisco).

    23. And a travel beer pong set because your game never stops...ever.

    Promising review: "This gift was the best I could get my brother-in-law! We added our own spin on it and turned the 'beer' into shots. It was super easy to clean up and pack away. Now I want one for myself!"β€”Jacq

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $35.

    Me when I get on a plane and realize I have hours of entertainment in front of me:

    Warner Brothers

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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