1. Compression Socks
2. Get yourself a travel wallet
3. Get a refillable water bottle
4. Gum. Lots and lots of gum.
5. Buy some noise-isolating or noise-cancelling earphones
6. Invest in a neck pillow
7. Bring your own snacks
8. Ask for upgrades
9. Weigh your bags ahead of time
10. HAND SANITIZER
11. Buy some hand moisturiser and lip chap
12. Ear Plugs!
13. Bring a pen
If you're traveling internationally you will need to fill out an arrival card when you reach your destination. Do yourself a favour by bringing a pen and filling it out on the airplane. There is a strange lack of pens in the airport when paperwork is required...weird right?
Stick it in your new travel wallet ;)
14. Take a picture of all your documents
15. Take pictures of your doors, oven, or anything else you will worry about
If you're like me, you worry about your door being locked and stove being off while your away on a trip or vacation. Put your mind a ease by taking pictures of your stove dials showing it is off, or take a video of you puling on your door to remind you its locked. When you're on the other side of the world and the thought pops into your head it is much easier to check your phone then to call or friend or neighbour to go check.
16. Assess your emotions before leaving
If you are someone who has trouble sleeping, has anxiety about flying or anything similar, be proactive and consider medications or supplements that can help. For me, no matter how many times I fly, I still feel anxious about being enclosed in a plane for the next however many hours with no way of escape. I choose to carry anti-anxiety meds that I usually don't touch, however just knowing I have them minimises my anxiety itself. Don't get me wrong, medication isn't the answer for some people and there are many other remedies or techniques that can help. I read that bringing a piece of paper and writing your name with your non-dominant hand can help people relax during take-off and landing if that is what makes you nervous, however, researching and assessing these things ahead of time is key.