Overnight plane rides can derail a trip before it even starts. Whether you’re going on a business trip or a backpacking trip, one of the keys to starting off your travels on the right foot is feeling refreshed and energized when you land. For many, that means trying o get some shut eye on the overnight flight.

Sleeping on a plane

For those of us that can’t afford to fly first class or business class, this can be a big struggle. Economy class seats provide little room to stretch out and lean back and there are lots of distractions that can tempt you to stay awake or prevent you from sleeping. Here are some things that every overnight traveler should bring to maximize their chances of getting some shut-eye.

Plane Packing list:

1)     A neck pillow- There’s a reason that these pillows are at every airport. I can’t stress enough how important it is to feel as comfortable as possible as you fly.

2)     Eye mask- If you’re willing to splurge a little, pick an eye mask that covers your eyes but don’t rest directly on your eye sockets and they accommodate your nose so light doesn’t peek through.

3)     Ear plugs- You can get ear plugs at any pharmacy or grocery store. If you forget to pack these, use your music earphones or earbuds. The more sound you block out, the better.

4)     Melatonin- Some people are able to sleep soundly without any sleep aid.  If you’re worried that you won’t be able to sleep well, get some over the counter melatonin. Melatonin is the chemical that your body makes naturally to help you sleep. This will speed up the process and help you get more precious hours.

5)     Socks- Lots of people wear sandals on flights because it’s easier to go through security. If you’re going to do that, pack socks. Flights are often cold and it can be difficult to fall asleep if your toes are cold.

Side note:

The flight will often give you a blanket and pillow for the flight. Use them. In fact, try to get an extra pillow. You can put one under/slightly behind your butt for more comfortable seating, and one on your lap, in addition to your neck pillow.

Sleeping on a plane