Travel

In-Flight Essentials
of 4 Frequent Fliers

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Flying is an immense privilege. And sometimes a total pain. We wish every departure meant a soonish arrival somewhere warm with delicious, healthy food and four-poster beds. Occasionally, it does. But occasionally, it also means crowded terminals, canceled flights, interminable delays, watery coffee, and stuffy, overheated cabins. That’s why we’re especially in awe of those people who can breeze through a trip—from boarding call to “please bring your seat back to the upright position”—with the skill and grace of an airport ninja. They’re usually the same people who get the triple points on travel and lounge access that come with the Chase Sapphire Reserve card. We actually know some of these ninjas—and we asked them for their advice on getting to their destination stress-free.

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  3. “The best part about breezing through that TSA Pre√ line at LAX? More hang time in the cushy Priority Pass lounge, where the Wi-Fi works seamlessly, the wine flows freely, and the snacks are bottomless.”

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  5. “Anyone who has ever flown anywhere, ever, knows what it’s like to be within earshot of a symphony of sniffles. I reach for de Mamiel’s Altitude Oil, dab a little under my nose, and let the lemony-peppermint magic do its thing.”

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  7. “No checked bag, no problems. Rimowa’s overhead-bin-friendly roller bags are as sleek as they are really, really sensible. Super lightweight and sized just right for a long weekend’s worth of essentials—I roll right off the plane, no waiting at baggage claim, nothing. Efficiency is key.”

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  9. “A quick trip to San Francisco from LA is one thing, but a five-hour red-eye to New York is another. One of these insta-snooze-inducing chews usually does the trick. Be warned: They live up to their name.”

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    founder, The Chain Press

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  3. “Noise-canceling headphones, no matter how long the flight, are vital. The constant dull thrum of the engine and machinery onboard is so disruptive to your nervous system. Blocking out that intensity makes such a difference to jet lag.”

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  5. “I’ll walk around and roll out my arches on this therapy ball to warm up my nerves and keep swelling to a minimum. You can also put it between your shoulder blades while you’re seated to relieve tension in your neck and back. In a pinch, a tennis ball also works.”

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  7. “I’m already that passenger with a foot sling and a silk eye mask, so I lean all the way in with a silk pillowcase, too—lying against ancient polyester for twelve hours is not my vibe, especially with thick, curly hair. I’ll put mine on the airline-supplied pillow or drape it on my headrest to discourage frizz and knots.”

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  9. “I ordered this foot sling for my last trip, and the rumors were true: It absolutely revolutionized the way I felt both during and after the flight. It instantly relieves pressure, making it so much easier to fall (and stay) asleep.”

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    travel editor, goop

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  3. “My eyes are already wiped out from too much screen time, so I trade the in-flight entertainment for a silk eye mask and a podcast. The gang at Bon Appétit produces fifty minutes of weekly food talk that is both relaxing and riveting. Adam Rapoport, I salute you.”

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  5. “I’m a firm believer in fasting during long flights (it helps ease jet lag and general sluggishness—I swear). I never travel without a glass travel cup and a stash of soothing Clipper chamomile tea.”

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  9. “I can say with total certainty that this is the most gently supportive, crick-preventing travel pillow on the market. Trust me—my whiplashed neck and I have tried them all.”

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  3. “I always wear a crossbody bag in addition to my carry-on tote. Easy access to my wallet, passport, phone, and (always) two pens makes navigating whatever airport I’m in quicker. I know the pen sounds like an obvious one, but I always end up lending mine to other passengers at immigration. Come prepared.”

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  5. “Two pouches—one for chargers and one for random necessities like lip balm and vitamins—is my top travel hack. Clare V.’s bright tones save me from wasting precious minutes digging around my tote to find a stray hair tie.”

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  7. “I never ever travel without my Kindle and love reading a book set wherever I’m going. Shantaram for anyone Mumbai-bound is a must.”

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  9. “A scarf-blanket-hood combo is key for enduring the icy blast of in-flight AC. This one is super cozy, it’s affordable, and it conveniently rolls up into nothing.”

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