This plush pillow looks like an infinity scarf when it’s unfolded. And it’s versatile, too: You can wrap it around your neck to provide some support, or ball it up as a pillow if you like to lean against the window. It’s super lightweight and machine-washable—plus, it comes with a strap so you can attach it to your carry-on.
To buy: $59, amazon.com.
Get your vacation started early with this TSA-approved cocktail kit. The tiny tin box has everything you need to make two classic gin and tonics: tonic syrup, a stainless steel jigger, a linen napkin, a mini bar spoon, and a recipe card. Just purchase the gin during the in-flight beverage service and you’re set.
To buy: $24, uncommongoods.com.
No more tangled headphones when you’re getting up to go to stretch your legs or go to the bathroom. The SoundSport wireless headphones, which connect to your device via Bluetooth and stay charged for up to six hours, are designed for workouts but are also useful on a plane—which helps to justify the price.
To buy: $150, bose.com.
Amazon’s latest Kindle device is a bit of a splurge, but it has plenty of bells and whistles to please any voracious reader. It’s super thin at just 0.13 inches and features an ergonomic design to fit comfortably in your hands. It also comes with a removable leather charging cover to help the gadget last through those long-haul flights.
To buy: $290, amazon.com.
When the plane gets chilly and the airline-issued blanket looks suspect, this lightweight travel blanket is the solution. It will keep you warm and cozy, without taking up too much space in your carry-on—the blanket folds up compactly to nine-by-seven inches.
To buy: $30, nordstrom.com.
Clean Getaway Travel Kit
On a long haul flight, the plane’s environment can dry out your skin, or just make you feel a bit grimy. This kit comes with facial wipes, a daily cleanser, a mud mask (maybe save that for the hotel room), and a deep pore cleanser, so you can freshen up before you touch down.
To buy: $10, ulta.com.
Sleep Mask and Earplugs
This sleep mask kit will help you catch some Zzs to minimize jet lag. The lightweight mask blocks light from overhead lamps or in-seat TV screens. There’s also a holder for the included earplugs, so you can tune out any chatty seatmates.
To buy: $6, amazon.com.