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jezzyloo
« on: April 19, 2007 02:57:59 AM »

So my boyfriancé and his family (4 total) are going to Zurich this summer, and it will be his first time on a loooong plane ride. I've been reading the how-to for being comfortable on a long flight at wikihow.com (Link) and I've decided to make a little travel kit for him and his family.

This is what I have so far:
Wax earplugs, neck pillow (they can share, as I am broke :p), fuzzy socks, lip balm, gum, sleepy pills, wet ones, hand-made eyeshades (with custom prints to suit each of them), listerine pocket pack, a little booklet with helpful techniques to keep your blood circulating and your ears from getting too pressured along with a time zone schedule, sudoku book, and if they're not too expensive, calling cards.

Does anyone else have any suggestions? Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2007 02:20:51 PM »

I travel a lot, and am no stranger to the needs on long flights. 

I suggest getting Ear Planes ear plugs; these are ear plugs that block air from the ear and keep the pressure equalized.  This prevents ear pain on landing.  But they have to be put in before take off and left in the whole flight.  These are available at drug stores.

On a related topic, ear pain is especially bad if you are congested, and it can do lasting damage to your ears as I discovered to my dismay on my last transatlantic flight.  Decongestants are a very good thing to have.  Deodorant is also nice.  Everything else sounds awesome! 

Oh, one other little thing; neck pillows are very simply constructed.  If you have access to a sewing machine, you could whip out enough for the whole fam for the cost of one retail.  Stuff them with some kind of husk or grain, or microbeads from the craft store......much more comfortable than the stuffed kind, take my word.  You could also make eye masks to match very easily Wink

Oh, and sugary snacks.  Always good to have.
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« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2007 07:15:43 PM »

I travel heaps as well

Ear pain is the killer. Chewing gum has always been helpful for me. It helps your ears pop and stop the pain of the change is air pressure.

Also when i first started travelling, i'd always get a cold after a long flight. I figured out this was mainly due to the airconditioning in the plain. I was fine as long as i was dehydrated. Granted you have to go to the toilet more but that helps fight deep vein thrombosis!

On that note, tight long socks or anything that increases the blood circulation in the legs is a good idea

Also...if you can get your hands on a phone card with whatever currency he'll be using, might be sweet
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