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Before taking off for Singapore, I posted about my top 10 travel products for long-haul flights and asked TPG readers to do the same for a chance to win a set of noise-canceling Bose QC15 headphones.
Tons of you commented with great ideas, so we selected a random winner: Steve. Not only is his list thorough (some might say compulsive) with things like emergency contact numbers, a GPS, two laptops and beef jerky, but it also sounds like he’s a classy guy who brings chocolates for the flight crew (suck up!) and pads around the plane in shearling slippers and a silk scarf. I’d like to meet him mid-air.
“Since I’m 6’6″, and always select an exit row seat, keeping warm on a long international flight, that by law must be in the 60 degree range, is important:
A warm coat that zips up.
SmartWool socks (Thick)
Shearling slippers (Warm and keeps whatever winds up on the floor off of me.)
A large silk scarf to tie around my neck, warm.
A wedge pillow, not to lean forward on, but due to the fact I’m tall the seat is really uncomfortable, so I move my butt forward in the seat and put the pillow behind my back and I then have full support.
A list of important phone numbers & addresses in case the cell phone dies.
A double ear headset with noise cancelling boom mic, makes Skype calls much easier on the iPad. Also the special “Y” adapter so I can also plug it into my laptop computer’s headset & mic ports
My GPS unit, for driving and walking
Copy of my passport
A good sized box of chocolate for the crew – you have no idea what this does for you.
iPad, cord & charger
Spare cell phone & batteries
2 laptop computers (I’m a pro photographer shooting digital and I need to be sure at least one computer works)
One laptop power supply (the other one is in the checked luggage)
One Mouse (the second in the checked luggage)
Beef Jerky – for the times I’m hungry and don’t have time to stop to eat when changing planes
Neck pillow, earplugs, sleep mask
Steve, we’ll email you to get your details.
In the meantime, I thought I’d post the top suggestions from other readers, as well as a list of the, ahem, quirkiest bring-alongs from others.
-iPad/Nook/Kindle: Everyone loves the latest technology for reading books and papers, playing games, watching movies and TV and more, it seems.
-Paper Reading Materials: Also frequently cited were trashy mags, novels, crosswords, and travel guidebooks.
-Hand Sanitizer: Seems I’m not the only germaphobe out there!
-Noise Canceling headsets…or just ear plugs: No one wants to listen to that noisy neighbor or the cranky baby one row over.
-Sleep Mask: Sensory deprivation is the way to go if you want to get some rest.
-Chapstick and Moisturizer: Gotta keep your skin looking fresh in that dry plane air.
-Water, Water, Water: TPG readers are one well hydrated bunch.
-Mints: You never know who you might meet!
-Medications: It appears we’re all pill pushers, bringing along pain relievers like Ibuprofen and Aleve, allergy meds like Zyrtec and Benadryl, and sleep aids like Ambien, Melatonin and Tylenol PM.
-Cameras: Presumably to document the destination, but a lot of you like taking photos on the plane as well.
-Snacks: After all, you don’t want to get “hangry” and take it out on the flight attendants or your fellow passengers.
-Patience and a Sense of Humor: Things all of us should bring.
Quirkiest Suggestions There’s no telling how much longer these cards will be around and available for new applications because of the Marriott takeover, so now might just be the perfect time to apply. Apart from hotel redemptions, you can transfer Starpoints to over 30 airline partners, and now also transfer points from Starwood to Marriott Rewards at a 1:3 ratio, opening up even more redemption options.
-A Gelco Seat Cushion: To keep your butt comfortable, I could have used this on my recent Delta Economy Comfort flight to Dublin!
-Charco Caps: “To prevent jet bloat.” I don’t have this problem myself, but it sounds bad.
-A Full Backup Hard Drive: What, are you in the CIA?
-A Deflated 9-inch Rubber Ball: As an ergonomic seatback cushion. Just buy a pillow!
-A Cross-Stitch Project or Needlepoint: How crafty. Though it’s apparently a great conversation starter.
-Springsteen’s 12-31-1980 Bootleg: Specific, but I’d rock out to it.
-GasX: I guess we should be thanking you if this is an issue.
There’s no telling how much longer these cards will be around and available for new applications because of the Marriott takeover, so now might just be the perfect time to apply. Apart from hotel redemptions, you can transfer Starpoints to over 30 airline partners, and now also transfer points from Starwood to Marriott Rewards at a 1:3 ratio, opening up even more redemption options.