1) Travel Advisor Limor Decter, New York City
“I’ve had the same list of flight essentials for years: my travel pillow, a thick pashmina scarf that doubles as a blanket, an eye mask, earplugs, antibacterial wipes (for the tray table and armrests), and protein-rich snacks. I also try to walk around and stretch
to avoid deep vein thrombosis. And I won’t fly without Smith’s Rosebud Salve
, which combats the effects of dry, recycled cabin air.” $6, anthropologie.com.
2) Travel Advisor Tom Jackson, Santa Ana, California
“I can’t say enough about the convenience of Global Entry
, which speeds admission into the U.S. after international flights and includes TSA Pre-Check
for domestic flights.” Five-year memberships, $100; apply online at cbp.gov/travel.
3) Travel Advisor Abby Lagman, Las Vegas
“Bose QuietComfort noise-canceling headphones
are a must. I like the QC25 model – great sound and super-comfortable ear cups. It uses a AAA battery, so pack some extras.” $300, bose.com.
“I also love the Bluesmart One smart suitcase
. It connects to your smartphone through an app and lets you do some cool things such as track your luggage, check its weight, and even charge your devices.” $359, bluesmart.com.
4) Travel Advisor Michael Holtz, New York City
“All business-class seats are not created equal! A connected travel advisor can find that truly flat seat
. In economy, Delta is launching a dedicated premium economy cabin
on certain long-haul routes in 2017; American Airlines did so recently. Those seats are far better than ones in standard economy.”
5) Travel Advisor Janet Lavern, Ottawa, Canada
“Many airports now offer private lounges
, and you don’t need a first-class air ticket to access them. They provide comfortable chairs for naps, light meals and snacks, luggage storage, and free Wi-Fi. Perks may also include showers, spa services, and skipping to the front of security and immigration lines – all a godsend after a long flight. Ask your travel advisor to prebook a lounge
for you – it’s well worth the average $30 to $50 charge.”
Originally appeared in the February 2017 issue of Virtuoso Traveler
Photo Credits: (Airport) anyaberkut/Getty Images, (Global Entry) JannHuizenga//Getty Images