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The 11 best flight accessories for sleeping on a plane (even in economy!)

If you want to get some shut eye on your next flight then here are the best flight accessories for sleeping on a plane.

To sleep on a plane you need to be:

  1. Comfortable
  2. Warm (but not hot)
  3. Able to block out everything around you

Thankfully there are plenty of flight accessories to help you sleep.

Let’s start with the comfort…

U-Shaped Memory Foam Flight Pillow

I’ve tried so many flight pillows, from weird and wonderful shapes to different fillings, textures and materials. All of them.

I’ve found the best pillow for a flight is a U-shaped memory foam pillow. They usually sell these in the airport but they’re much cheaper to buy online.

Everlasting Comfort Memory Foam Travel Pillow – Airplane Neck Rest & Plane Accessories (Black)

  • 💺No Longer Struggle with Uncomfortable Airline Seats: Made with premium memory foam, our neck pillow adapts to your shoulders and neck to cradle and support your upper body during long flights
  • 🧺Stays Fresh in Between Flights: Making sure your plane pillow is always ready for travel is easy. Simply remove the cover and toss in the wash on the gentle cycle. Tumble dry with no heat
  • ✔️Compact and Easy to Take With You: Lightweight, our memory foam neck pillow is the perfect travel partner. Convenient travel bag is easy to carry in your hand, on luggage, or in car trunk
  • 😴Supportive In Flight Rest: Our airplane pillow has a raised lobe design that supports your head and neck no matter your sleeping position, so you can rest comfortably
  • 👍Helps with Neck Discomfort: Sleeping upright in your seat can lead to neck stiffness. With our flight pillow, you get the support you need to stay in the proper sitting position

Stay warm and cosy during your flight

The temperature on most flights is between 22-24 degrees Celsius, but it can often feel much chillier when you’re sat still for hours on end.

I recommend wearing:

EverSnug Travel Blanket and Pillow – Premium Soft 2 in 1 Airplane Blanket with Soft Bag Pillowcase, Hand Luggage Belt and Backpack Clip (Grey)

  • THE PERFECT TRAVEL COMPANION: Forget thin airline blankets that never keep you warm, the EverSnug Travel Blanket is a lightweight and extra comfy all-season blanket that is the perfect travel companion. At 65” in length and 40” in width the ultra cosy blanket is large enough to keep you and your friend warm. Our patent pending travel blanket is perfect for locations such as the car, plane, airport, camping and many more.
  • PREMIUM MICRO PLUSH FABRIC: Our carefully crafted Microplush Blanket is ultra soft and lush, you wont want ever take it off! Made with our exclusive premium microfleece yarns, creating a velvety and fuzzy feel that is soft to the touch.
  • USE IT AS A PILLOW OR A BLANKET: Not only does the travel blanket keep you warm when needed, the Microplush carrying case can also act as the perfect place to rest your head.
  • ATTACH IT TO YOUR SUITCASE OR BACKPACK: The hand luggage sleeve at the back of the carrying case allows you to easily attach it to your suitcase. The included backpack clip / carabiner allows you to clip the travel blanket to any backpack or your luggage.
  • THE EVERSNUG PROMISE: We at EverSnug stand behind our products with the greatest confidence that you, our customer will love our products just as much as we do. However, if for any reason you did not fall in love with your product, we have your back by providing a 100% love it or your money back guarantee.

Noise cancelling headphone too block out everything around you

To block out the noises and lights around you you’re going to need a good pair or noise cancelling headphones and an eye mask.

When it comes to noise cancelling headphones, you have two options:

  1. Earbuds
  2. Over ear headphones

Personally, I prefer ear buds because they’re small and easy to travel with. I know they can get a little uncomfortable after hours of use and it can be difficult to lean on your ear if you have an earbud in. But I’ll still take earbuds due to the convenience of them being small.

Over ear headphones are bulkier but generally comfier on your ears, although they’re also awkward if you want to lean on one side of your head while you sleep.

I have the JBL Live Pro+ TWS earbuds and I love them.

I also have the Beats Studio 3 wireless over ear headphones and these are great.

JBL LIVE PRO+ TWS – True Wireless In-ear Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones with 28-hour battery, Fast Pair, wireless charging, in black

  • Live Pro+ TWS wireless headphones are small but powerful, with 11 mm dynamic drivers for incredible JBL Signature Sound all day, every day and are compatible with Hey Google, Alexa, iOS and Android
  • Adaptive noise cancelling ensures zero distractions when you focus on your studies or get your groove on, while Smart Ambient allows you to hear the world around you without removing your earphones
  • Live Pro+ TWS wireless earbuds feature 3-mics technology with a feedback mic for wind suppression and environmental noise reduction and dual beamforming mics to capture your voice with crystal clarity
  • Power up easily on the go with JBL Live Pro+ TWS Speed Charge and Qi-compatible wireless charging, meaning your audio stays with you all day long with up to 7 hours of playback plus 21 in the case
  • Items delivered: 1 x JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with 5 sizes of ear tips, USB-C charging cable, charging case, safety sheet and warranty card, in black

What’s the best eye mask to sleep on a plane?

You’ll also want an eye mask but don’t get any old eye mask. The best masks for planes are ones with slightly raised 3D pockets for your eyes. The 3D shape ensures things stay dark without the mask feeling tight, restrictive or weird when you try to blink.

onaEz Sleep Mask for Women & Men, 3D Comfort Ultra Soft Premium Eye Mask for Sleeping, Block Out Light 100% Eye Shade Cover, Adjustable Strap Foam Eye Mask Blindfold, Travel/Naps/Yoga/Plane/Night

  • 😎Keep All Light Out: Inner side adds soft and adjustable nose bridage for 100% Light blocking all the way around the nose,no matter what size of your nose.
  • 🚝No Touching Your Eyelids & Eyes: Unique eye-shaped structure left enough space for eyes moving, no pressure comparing with common sleep mask.
  • 🏡Comfortable & Breathable: Made of premuim memory foam with soft silk lining, for breathable and comfortable experience; adjustable strap for 99% women and men
  • 🚢Warm Tips about Odor: If you find a little peculiar smell, please don’t worry that is normal for just-produced cloth. No any toxic, only need hours sun or air-cure,or just hand wash in water below 40 ℃.
  • ✈️First Try, then Decide: We support 360 days service for you.If you do not like it, you could be retund & refunded unconditionally. Why not try it out? And then decide whether to buy it or not!

The 6 things you need to help you sleep on a plane (even in economy!)

Realistically, there are just 6 things you need to help you sleep on a plane…

  1. U-shaped memory foam pillow
  2. Cosy sweatshirt
  3. Travel blanket
  4. Warm socks
  5. Noise cancelling headphones
  6. 3D eye mask

But are there any other gadgets, gizmos or accessories that might help you sleep on a plane?

There are two types of portable footrests you can get for planes. 

One is a hammock footrest which loops onto the arms of your food tray. I think some airlines could moan about this (Ryanair, I’m talking to you) but the reviews are good and it would be easy to hide (especially if you have a window seat) as it sits under your tray. 

The other is an inflatable footrest. You can half fill this to whatever height you like, or fully inflate it so it’s as high as your plane seat and can make a little bed for babies and toddlers.

Airplane Footrest – Best Travel Foot Rest, Airplane Travel Accessories, No Clashing Foot Hammock & Portable Plane Leg Rest, Provides Relaxation and Comfortable for Long Flight

  • Sturdy and durable-an dyer traveling footrest use Three nails and two straps to form a triangle, more Sturdy and durable. We have lengthened the straps length Extra 65cmfor the customers’ Advice, and we also added a lock to reinforce the strap.
  • Easy to use-just hanging this traveling footrest to the bracket of the tray table, then put your foot on it.
  • Best traveling accessories-lightweight and mini carry-on Flight foot rests, easy to carry without increase your bag’s burden.
  • Lightweight and compact-weight: 108g, folded size 20*5*5cm, flat size: 33.5*19.8 cm. Can be placed in the pocket, briefcase, etc… Professional design, Light and fashionable, It’s a slap-up business gift, the favorite products for business man.
  • Any time any where-can be use in office, School, bus, train, long-distance airway. With it, you can release your feet, This foot rest makes a wonderful gift for the Travelers in your life. Includes a no-risk, 100% money-back , Try it today and see for yourself!

Inflatable Foot Rest Pillow for Travel, HOMCA Portable Chair and Footrest Multi Purpose Travel Accessory for Children & Adults, for Office,Home and Travel

  • 【Easy to inflate & deflate】The foot rest pillow is easy for inflating and deflating.Just open the valve,and blow up with your mouth.Usally, 2 minutes,it can be fully inflated.And open the valve and press the inflatable cushion,then it can be deflated.
  • 【Compact&Convenient to Carry】The blow up dimension is 26*48*38cm,and the deflate dimension is 18*24*10cm that is very compact and convenient for you to carry with any place.
  • 【Comfortable&Healthy】Made of PVC material which makes the inflatable foot rest feels more comfortable.Putting your legs on the horizontal with your body will help promote blood circulation and reduce swelling also improve your healthy.
  • 【Widely Application】This inflatable foot rest pillow can be used in many places,such as the airplane,car,bus,train,office,camping etc. Whereever you have a long time sitting,or traveling,or working,it is a good assisstance for you.
  • 【Quality Guarantee】HOMCA airline foot rest pillow is little thick compared with other similar items that also ensures the quality. Also we promise the warranty. You can get back your amount if you are not safisfied with our item,just write to our sales service.

Weighted blanket

A weighted anxiety travel blanket

Many people find weighted blankets to be comforting and therefore help reduce stress and anxiety and help you sleep. This weighted blanket comes with a small canvas bag which makes it easier to travel with.

BLYSS – Premium sensory weighted anxiety blanket that helps with stress and insomnia relief for Adults and Children to relax – 200x150cm 6.8kg – Better, more comfortable deeper sleep

  • IMPROVE SLEEP💤 AND REDUCE STRESS/ANXIETY: By using a weighted blanket, research shows that your body decreases cortisol, the hormone that is responsible for stress. In turn this increases serotonin and melatonin, which calms the body down, reduces anxiety, while helping with restless leg syndrome, autism, better sleep and allowing you to relax more.
  • NOT TOO HEAVY🏋️, JUST RIGHT – PREMIUM BLANKET: Perfect for Children and Children. 7-layer design combined with noiseless premium glass beads that evenly distributes the weight to your body. Our blankets are 100% Oeko-Tex certified to you can buy with confidence that you are supporting nature and mother earth.
  • USE 365 DAYS🗓️: Blyss weighted blanket comes with a removable, washable cover, double sided super soft luxurious premium cover allowing you the perfect comfort either hot or cold. Enjoy the benefits of using it all year round and snuggle up relaxing or when you need some extra comfort while working from home.
  • PERFECT SIZE & EASY CARE✔️ : We have carefully selected 2 sizes suitable for single, double and kingsize beds. Included is a drawstring bag for when you are not using your blanket, The premium outer cover is machine washable and the blanket can be hand-washed or dry-cleaned to keep your Blyss weighted blanket looking it’s best.
  • UK BASED, DELIVERED DIRECT FROM UK🏴 🇬🇧: We are a company with our design, customer service and logistics team based in London. No long lead times, all questions answered quickly and the security of a 1yr warranty and our 30 night no hassle return.

White noise apps

If the silence of your noise cancelling headphones isn’t working for you, but the noise of the plane is…well too noisy then try white noise apps.

Personally, I find them really irritating and can’t listen to them! But my husband loves them.

Download a couple of free ones to find the ones you like.

Lavender scented products

If certain scents help you relax then it might be worth getting something like a lavender pillow mist, essential oils, balms or moisturiser.

Personally, I wouldn’t say any of these products help me sleep but they are lovely and help me to relax. They make nice gifts for frequent travellers too!

Feather and Down Travel Essentials Gift Set

L’Occitane Lavender Hand Cream (travel size)

NEOM Perfect Night’s Sleep Pillow Mist


Lavender Hand Cream (Travel Size) – 30ml

  • Lavender hand cream: leaves skin nourished and protected.
  • ENRICHED WITH: Shea Butter (nourishing & moisturising), Lavender Essential Oil from Haute-Provence (relaxing)
  • ADVICE: Apply to hands any time of the day and massage in to absorb.

NEOM- Perfect Night’s Sleep Pillow Mist, 5ml

  • HELPS YOU RELAX AND SLEEP – thanks to the expert blend of 14 purest possible essential oils including English Lavender, Chamomile and Patchouli
  • 88% CUSTOMERS HAD A BETTER NIGHT’S SLEEP on the Neom Sleep Programme. Consumer research trial involving 65 women undertaken July 2015
  • FORMULATED WITH 100% NATURAL FRAGRANCES – that not only smell wonderful but also have a relaxing effect on the mind and body

Phone or tablet holder

If you’re the kind of person who likes to fall asleep while watching a film or TV show then get yourself a phone or tablet holder so you can hang your device from the seat in front. You’ll then be hands free to fall asleep in peace.

It’s worth noting that most sleep experts agree that the light from phones and tablets actually makes it harder to sleep so it’s best to avoid this if possible.

My top technique for sleeping on a plane – Fake it ‘till you make it!

If you looked at me on a plane you’d probably think I was a Pro Plane Sleeper! But the truth is that I’m usually faking it.

I’ll be sat there with my eye mask on, my noise cancelling headphones drowning out the noise, my blanket wrapped tightly around me and my neck pillow helping me sit comfortably. But I’m probably not asleep. Not yet anyway!

My trick is simply to pretend I’m asleep and – as if by magic – I’ll be there soon enough.

Is there any benefit to resting without sleeping?

One thing that keeps me in this restful state while I pretend to be asleep is the knowledge that resting is also beneficial. 

While resting is no substitute for sleeping, calmly relaxing helps to conserve energy so you will feel more refreshed when you come out of the quiet wakeful state.

I like to remind myself of this when I start getting stressed that I’m not falling asleep.

We’ve all been there. You’re anxiously wriggling in your seat, fretfully trying to fall asleep while feeling stressed that you’re not asleep and counting down the hours before your red-eye flight arrives back into London and you need to go straight to work. You REALLY need to get some sleep! But the harder you try, the more sleep pervades you. 

Flight accessories for when you wake up

When you wake up after sleeping on a plane you’re going to feel gross.

The three things you really need will be water, caffeine and to brush your teeth ASAP. Brushing your teeth instantly freshens you up and just makes the world a better place.

I always travel with a large insulated water bottle (don’t forget you’ll have to empty this to go through security), a travel toothbrush and toothpaste and I’ll grab myself a coffee at the earliest opportunity.

2L / 64oz Water Bottle Stainless Steel, Girls Boys Water Bottle Double Walled Vacuum Insulated Water Bottles, BPA Free Friendly Bottle with Leak Proof Flex Cap with Strap,Wide Mouth,24H Hot & 48H Cold

  • ⏱️ ANTI- SWEAT AND BURN FREE, KEEPS WATER 12Hrs HOT and 24Hrs COLD: The durable stylish powder coat helps enhance your grip and helps to keep the outer surface cool even when you put the hot water.The liquid can be fresh in its best taste for a whole day.★ Wear a carry string with your bottle. A carry string is recommended for bottles filled with water.
  • ✨ VACUUM INSULATION WATER BOTTLE TRAVEL FRIENDLY: The large capacity of 64 ounces reduces the number of refills of water. The large water bottle makes it easier for you to enjoy traveling, hiking, and camping, helping you to stay refreshed and hydrated to lead an active lifestyle.Warm Tips: They are not dishwasher safe.
  • ♻️ BPA FREE MATERIAL: Most cheaper plastic water bottles leech chemicals and alter the taste of your drink when refilled. The HEVSD water bottle is made up of 18/8 foodgrade Stainless steel that is 100% BPA free and non-toxic which will never leave a metal taste or rust. For the safest water bottle that won’t leech chemicals!
  • 💧 LEAK-PROOF SPOUT LID: Leak-proof design, the two twisted openings of the lid have silicone gaskets; the small bottle mouth design, with natural curvature, conforms to the shape of the mouth when people drink water. Wide mouth design, convenient to add ice, fruit, protein and more, easy to clean.
  • 📝WARRANTY SERVICES: 100% Customer and product satisfaction warranty: We stand behind our products and have great faith in our products. HEVSD is committed to high standards of durable and robust materials. HEVSD guarantees this product with a limited lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects.

Source: thetravelhack.com

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