It has been a year since I posted an article listing some of my “must haves” for comfortable and/or productive airline travel. The list has expanded and there are a couple new necessities I would like to share with you.
The Right Apps;
There are thousands of travel apps in the App Store and the Android Market, finding ones that add value to your travel experience can be tough to find. Here are a couple of my favorites that I use all the time;
Trip it – if you travel at all you NEED this app! It is amazing. Set it up to sync with your e-mail or forward confirmation e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org, the app takes everything and lays it out on one screen for you with flight times, hotel info, addresses, directions, maps everything! No more printing off tons of extra paperwork and having to dig through your e-mail to find confirmation numbers
Delta app (or which every major carrier you use) – This app lets me view all my current flight info including status and gates, check in for flights, send me updates and changes, use my phone as an e-boarding pass (where available) and even get maps of airports with all Sky Lounge locations marked
Google Places & Yelp – Wonderful and easy search for all kinds of places in the area you are in from specific style of restaurants, hotels, shopping and attractions. Contact info, reviews, maps and navigations directions all through these awesome apps
(I know I used this one last time but I have a couple new go-tos.)
Charged Cotton Storm Hoody – Most amazing hoody ever! Everything you would expect from UA but with the added bonus of being water resistant cotton! Works amazing in all kinds of conditions; light, breathable and serves the function of both a sweatshirt and a light rain jacket. Added bonus, I spilled coffee all over my brand new one and watched it bead right off! On those winter flights I also bust out the charged cotton storm pants (which won an award for best sweatpants ever)
Assert running shoes – light, breathable, nicely cushioned. Easy to slip on and off for security plus they are great running shoes so I don’t have to pack an extra pair in case I want to go for a “city exploring” jog (or is it pronounced yog?)
Re-charge socks – Traveling can be tough on the body, dehydration and poor posture (too much sitting) are much to blame. Studies show the benefits on compression socks to reduce foot swelling and help relive deep vein thrombosis. UA re-charge recovery compression socks are amazing, comfortable and less expensive than other leading brands of travel/compression socks.
All season gear reversible long sleeve – believe me I was skeptable when the label claimed that by flipping this shirt inside out you could make it warmer or cooler so you can imagine my amazement when it actually worked! I am big on maximizing space by traveling light so I always pack this very versatile long sleeve. Perfect for flexing conditions and fitted so it also works great as a middle layer for colder conditions.
Trigger point Grid
The grid slightly goes against my travel light philosophy but I refuse to fly without it. After hours in cars, taxis, shuttles, in airports and on airplanes nothing feels better than busting out my grid and spending a good 15-30 minutes releasing all the tension and imbalances that can occur while traveling. The cool thing about the grid is that it is small (only 16”) has a firm core so you can apply adequate pressure and is hollow allowing me to jam clothes inside it so it takes up almost no space in my carry-on bag
BOSE CQ15 Headphones
These headphones are worth every penny of the $350 price tag and then some! For me they deliver a whole new, more relaxing and enjoyable flying experience. When you turn them on all of those background noises that normally spend the next few hours slowly burrowing into your skull causing you to wish for the sweet release of death just disappear. When you hit play on your iPod you can’t hear ANYTHING! It is nothing short of amazing. When you get to cruising altitude play some classical music or ocean sounds and you are able to read, relax, work or just sit back and enjoy the flight.