This trip to Japan that Rick and I are currently on is, undoubtedly, the furthest from home I have ever been. The plane ride alone is close to 14 hours all together and that’s only if you don’t count the 2 – 4 hours of layovers we have each way. So, how to stay comfortable and entertained? We’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves. My carry on will be full of books I’ve been putting off reading (Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead & The She-Hulk Diaries), iPad games I’ve been putting off playing (Fetch, Home, & The Walking Dead) and podcasts I’ve been putting off listening to (30 episodes of Welcome to Night Vale & some new This American Life). I’m also planning on cribbing from Lisa Eldridge’s long haul flight beauty regime, mostly to make the time pass.
For the rest of our tricks, check out the list below:
1. Water Bottle
I can’t belive I didn’t think about this until I saw a Vlog Brother’s video on the subject, but you can bring an empty waterbottle through security to keep from getting boned by outrageous airport water prices. Also bound to be invaluable while we toddle around Tokyo. Pictured: Pac Man Water Bottle, $14.99.
2. Handheld Game Console
Rick is bringing his laptop and I’ve got my iPad, but I’m also wrestling with getting a PS Vita for the trip (Assassin’s Creed: Liberation! Indie Games!). However, with our plans to pick up some vintage games while in Japan, this portable NES/SNES system (that can also be hooked up to your TV) is sorely tempting. Retro Duo Portable NES/SNES Game System, $99.99.
3. Headphone Splitter
When traveling with a partner, it’s nice to be able to listening to/watch your entertainment together. But, you also want to avoid bothering your fellow travelers. Enter the headphone splitter: convenient, compact, and guranteed to give you both stereo sound. Tunes for Two Robot Head Headphone Splitter, $19.99.
4. Sleep Mask
Confession: I actually have to sleep with a sleep mask every night. But, they are particularly helpful when traveling and don’t have control over the lighting situation. My current mask has kitty ears, but I’ll be brinnging a plane black one on the plane. Kawaii Onigiri Sleep Mask, $26.26.
Hoodies are awesome for traveling because they keep your body, your head, and your hands warm. Also, you can roll them into a ball to use as a pillow, or flatten them out to use as a blanket. Super Meat Boy Inspired Hoodie, $53.05.
6. Neck Pillow
If you have a hard time sleeping sitting up and the hoodie trick just doesn’t quite do it for you, it’s probably best to invest in a full-on neck pillow. I know they have those ones that inflate to save space, but why not go all out with something a little nerdy. Long Cat Travel Neck Pillow, $37.14.