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Headache + airplane + middle seat = worst. Instead of loading up on Tylenol, pack a credit-card-sized pouch of UrgentRx Fast Powder. Each individual packet contains fruity-flavored medicine powder (for ailments including headaches, heartburn and allergies) that dissolves on your tongue and works faster than conventional meds.
Lugging around a bunch of magazines is so old-school. The free Inflight Reader app allows you to tote an unlimited supply of reading material right on your tablet or phone. All you have to do is open the app at one of 500 domestic airports (and 30 international ones), and you’ll be able to instantly download oodles of magazines before your flight, totally for free. You’ll then have 24 hours to read said magazines before they disappear from your device.
The thought of wearing skinny jeans on a cross-country flight is utterly terrifying--but we’re also not ready to go full-on yoga pants in public. Spanx’s Signature Straight denim strikes a healthy balance: stretchy enough for comfort, but stylish enough to wear to dinner when you land.
Nauseous travelers, rejoice! Queasy Pops look and taste like ordinary lollies, but they’re made with essential oils designed to keep you away from the barf bag. Even if you’re not feeling motion sickness, the act of sucking will keep your ears from popping during takeoff and landing.
The world’s best airplane snack? We’re going with Lärabars, which are vegan, gluten-free bars made from unsweetened fruits, nuts and spices. Unlike typical in-flight munchies, this guy has energy-boosting B vitamins and five grams of protein to keep us full all flight long. (The banana-bread flavor is our favorite.)
Catching the red-eye? Address that morning breath without schlepping to the teeny airplane bathroom by packing a Colgate Wisp. Each disposable mini toothbrush has a built-in bead of toothpaste, so you can brush anywhere--no water necessary.
Sometimes a girl just wants to play Angry Birds the entire way from New York to Paris. (No judgment!) Keep your iPhone or Android from dying with the Tylt Energi Power Case. The slim slide-on rechargeable battery will give your device an extra nine hours of juice, so your phone won’t be dunzo when you reach European soil.
“Hi,” your hair says. “I’ve been on a plane for half a day, and I’m frizzy, oily and all-around gross.” Tame your locks with Schwarzkopf OSiS+ Dust It powder. It not only soaks up grease but also adds volume and holds hair in place, buying time until you’re able to take a proper shower.
Of course, you'll need a stylish carry-all to store your essentials. Ectu's pebbled-leather Hudson bag has a sleeve in back for slipping it over your luggage handles and tons of interior pockets for easy organization.
Instead of rocking your grungy (but oh so comfy) running shoes for the flight, upgrade your style with these sleek breathable 2.ZERØGRAND Laser Wingtip Oxfords from Cole Haan.
Over the years, we’ve learned a lot about the dos and don’ts of airplane travel. (Do bring a neck pillow. Don’t wear shoes that take more than five seconds to slip on or off.) But every so often we discover a new product that makes flying so much easier, it has us wondering, How did I survive without this?
Here, ten of our recent genius discoveries, from the lollipop that prevents ear popping to the app that gives you free access to unlimited magazines.
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