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Long-Flight Essentials 2024 — Products for International Flights

Long-Flight Essentials 2024 — Products for International Flights

<p>Intrigued? You should be. If you’ve got a long flight on the horizon, keep scrolling to get the essentials. Oh, and btw, if you’re as wanderlusty as I am (or simply want an excuse to buy some of the below gear), check out our <a href=”https://www.cosmopolitan.com/cosmo-trips/” target=”_blank”>CosmoTrips collection page</a>, where you’ll find itineraries for some dreamy destinations and reviews of hotels you’ll never want to check out of. </p>”/>

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this spacious sling bag

Monos Metro Sling Bag

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this spacious sling bag

Monos Metro Sling Bag

Credit: Monos

Stalk my IG and you’ll see me wearing this in damn near every travel post. It’s the perfect crossbody sling: it stays put, holds way more than you think it does, and has multiple compartments (and even a keyring!) for your passport, boarding pass, hand sanitizer, etc.

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these rejuvenating eye patches

Patchology Eye Gels (5 Pairs)

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these rejuvenating eye patches

Patchology Eye Gels (5 Pairs)

Credit: Amazon

There’s no easier way to feel like you’re living the first-class life (even in economy) than by slapping on a pair of eye gels. I love these caffeine-infused ones from Patchology—they come in single-use pouches, so you can stash a couple in your personal item, and leave lookin’ a little more refreshed upon arrival.

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this tank with a built-in bra

Beyond Yoga Slim Racerback Cropped Tank

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this tank with a built-in bra

Beyond Yoga Slim Racerback Cropped Tank

Credit: Beyond Yoga

I run hot, so I always want to have a bottom layer that I can sleep comfortably in if I get warm on the plane. This tank from Beyond Yoga is my go-to on international flights because it’s got a built-in bra that doesn’t dig in but still gives the girls some support. The fabric is also buttery soft, like your favorite sleep shirt.

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this smart eye massager

Therabody SmartGoggles

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this smart eye massager

Therabody SmartGoggles

Credit: Therabody

If you can’t live without your Theragun, prepare to meet the best thing your eyes have ever seen (and felt): Therabody’s SmartGoggles. It’s basically an eye mask that’s so much more than just an eye mask, massaging your eyes and temples and emitting sound and heat to help relieve headaches, reduce heart rate, and get you feeling really, really relaxed. Slipping them on mid-flight is the closest thing you’ll ever get to a mile-high spa, trust. The best part? They fold in half and come in a protective carrying case, so they’re easy to pack.

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this luggage tag and charm

Away The Luggage Tag and Charm Duo

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this luggage tag and charm

Away The Luggage Tag and Charm Duo

Credit: Away

After what feels like a billion hours in the clouds, you’re not gonna want to struggle to figure out what bag is yours on the conveyor belt. This cute ‘n’ colorful luggage tag will catch your eye in a snap, I promise.

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this multi-purpose pillow

Ostrichpillow Light Versatile Pillow

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this multi-purpose pillow

Ostrichpillow Light Versatile Pillow

Credit: Ostrichpillow

Will you feel like the silliest of all gooses while wearing this wrap-around head pillow/eye mask combo? Yes, absolutely. But I promise you that I have worn it on every single flight I’ve taken since receiving it, because it’s that good. It basically turns anything you rest your head on into a comfy pillow—seat-back tray, plane window, your partner’s bony shoulder, etc.—so you can get a quick nap in anywhere and everywhere.

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this hanging dopp kit

Calpak Terra Hanging Toiletry Bag

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this hanging dopp kit

Calpak Terra Hanging Toiletry Bag

Credit: Calpak

Some people like to practice skincare in the sky, and I both respect and admire those people. This toiletry bag is a must if you’re planning on hitting the plane bathroom for a (quick!) get unready with me sesh. You can hang it from any hook, and it fits So. Much. Stuff.

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this ear-saving spray

Afrin No Drip Extra-Moisturizing Nasal Pump Mist

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this ear-saving spray

Afrin No Drip Extra-Moisturizing Nasal Pump Mist

Now 26% Off

Credit: Amazon

This might seem like a random suggestion, but if you’ve ever taken flight with a cold or stuffy nose…you get it. And if you haven’t, basically your ears can have trouble equalizing pressure and your head can feel like it’s about to explode (truly one of the most painful experiences of my life). This nasal spray helps relieve congestion in your sinuses so that’s less likely to happen if you use it before take off. (Reminder: always consult a doctor before using any over-the-counter medications if you have any concerns!)

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this durable backpack

Monos Metro Backpack

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this durable backpack

Monos Metro Backpack

Credit: Monos

A backpack? That’s actually chic? Yes, it’s possible. (I mean…just look at it.) I take this bag on all flights—both short and long—because it fits a ton, is easy to clean, has the perfect padded pocket for my laptop, and comes with a built-in trolley sleeve so I can slide it over my luggage handle. The front pouch is the most innovative feature, though, IMHO—it clips on and off, so you use it to store essentials and throw the bulk of the bag in the overhead compartment to save underseat space.

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these press-on nails

Quickies Head In The Clouds Press-On Nails (24 Pieces)

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these press-on nails

Quickies Head In The Clouds Press-On Nails (24 Pieces)

Credit: Quickies

Have several hours to spare? Give yourself a manicure in the sky. I love bringing a pack of press-on nails on the plane and unboarding with a gorge new look. Quickies has so many fun designs (including the cute cloud one you see here, if ya wanna fit the theme) and takes less than 10 minutes to apply. I promise you can make it happen on your tray table.

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these disposable toothbrushes

Crest Scope Mini Disposable Toothbrushes With Toothpaste and Pick (Pack of 6, 2 Brushes Per Pack)

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these disposable toothbrushes

Crest Scope Mini Disposable Toothbrushes With Toothpaste and Pick (Pack of 6, 2 Brushes Per Pack)

Now 28% Off

Credit: Amazon

Let’s be real: We could all probably use a lil freshening up when we arrive at our destination after a long flight. These mini disposable toothbrushes are perfect for storing in your carry-on, so you can brush and go in a snap—no water or toothpaste required.

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this foot swing

ONECOLE Airplane Footrest

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this foot swing

ONECOLE Airplane Footrest

Now 19% Off

Credit: Amazon

If you can’t afford a lie-flat seat, first of all, same. Second of all, this adjustable foot hammock, which hooks onto either the headrest in front of you or the seat-back table, is the next best thing. Even a little tootsie elevation goes a long way on a long flight, and this pick is padded for extra comfort. Just be sure to check with the airline before you pull it out—some don’t allow them.

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this breathable loungewear

Cozy Earth Women’s Bamboo Rib-Knit Lounge Pant

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this breathable loungewear

Cozy Earth Women’s Bamboo Rib-Knit Lounge Pant

Now 20% Off

Credit: Cozy Earth

In my opinion, the best travel ‘fit is one that looks like luxe loungewear, but feels like pajamas. Enter: this set from Cozy Earth, made from a soft and breathable bamboo fabric that won’t leave you sweating, no matter how much turbulence you experience. Pair it with white sneaks, a cute ballcap, and a jacket for the ultimate “I’ve got places to be!” lewk.

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this classic tub of Vaseline

Vaseline Pure Petroleum Jelly

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this classic tub of Vaseline

Vaseline Pure Petroleum Jelly

Credit: Amazon

If I left town without at least one tub of Vaseline…I would simply have to come back. During flights, I slather this all over myself—lips, hands, the skin around my eyes, etc.—to lock in moisture that would otherwise be zapped. Slugging on the go? It’s a thing.

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this pillow for side sleepers

Travelrest Ultimate Travel, Neck, and Body Pillow

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this pillow for side sleepers

Travelrest Ultimate Travel, Neck, and Body Pillow

Now 25% Off

Credit: Amazon

As a side sleeper, this has been my secret weapon for sky-high snoozing for nearly a decade now. It rolls up tight and snaps in place so you can either pack it or attach it to your travel bag, and it takes just a few deep breaths to blow it all the way up. Personally, I like resting it on the plane window (or my fiancé’s shoulder, if I get stuck in the middle seat) for even more head support.

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this phone strap set

Bandolier Side Slot Crossbody and Wristlet Strap

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this phone strap set

Bandolier Side Slot Crossbody and Wristlet Strap

Credit: Bandolier

You’re already holding a million things at the airport—why not take one thing off your hands? This set from Bandolier comes with two phone straps—one that can hang from your wrist, and one that goes cross-body—as well as a case that has a pouch to hold your most important cards. Forgetting your phone in the seatback pocket? Not gonna happen with this cutie.

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these compression socks

Bombas Performance Compression Socks

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these compression socks

Bombas Performance Compression Socks

Credit: Bombas

ICYMI, compression socks are good for long flights because they’ve been shown to increase circulation in your legs and feet, which can help prevent blood clots. Most are…not cute. But these ones from Bombas are.

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these noise-cancelling headphones

Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones

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these noise-cancelling headphones

Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones

Credit: Bose

Do I even need to tell you the importance of a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones when you’re trying to sleep on a flight? These from Bose (which yes, come in the cutest neutral colorways) are my recent faves thanks to the plush ear pads, un-freaking-believable sound quality, and straight-up silence like I’ve never experienced before. Like, my fiancé can be standing a foot away from me screaming about soccer and I truly can’t hear a peep when I have them on. Crying babies, meet your match.

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these hydration multipliers

Drink LMNT Hydration Powder Packets (30 Sticks)

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these hydration multipliers

Drink LMNT Hydration Powder Packets (30 Sticks)

Credit: Amazon

I’ve tried a lot of hydration powders in my day (headache girlie here 🙋‍♀️), and LMNT’s are my favorite. In addition to helping fuel your trip with a boost of sodium, potassium, and magnesium, they actually taste really f*cking good. Like, actually. The citrus and watermelon flavors are the best, IMHO.

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this snazzy passport case

Carina Passaporto Passport Case

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this snazzy passport case

Carina Passaporto Passport Case

Credit: Carina

Number one thing you don’t want to lose while flying internationally: your passport. (Even if it would be lovely to get stuck on vacation.) This adorable metallic passport case is (a) beyond chic, (b) hard to miss/lose, and (c) a must-have for the next time you head to Italy.

Hannah Chubb is the lifestyle editor at Cosmopolitan, covering all things home, travel, food, health, career, and more. She spends pretty much every hour of every day curating the internet for the best new products, trends, and travel destinations. You can typically find her looking for houses she can’t afford on Zillow or Airbnb, planning her next meal before she gets to the restaurant, or taking all of the Justin Bieber classes over and over and over again on Peloton. Follow her on Instagram.

 

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