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Business travel usually involves long-distance flights and facing layovers which can put your travel stamina to the test, especially if it’s a repeated experience. That’s why having everything you need is critical to a successful flight, relieving some of the stress and helping you plan for the journey ahead.

Below, you can find some of the most common long-haul flight essentials which can help boost your productivity and make your overall travel experience much smoother!

Noise-cancelling headphones to drown everything out

The buzz of the engines and the continuous murmur of fellow passengers can be disturbing. Even if you’re catching the red-eye, you’re likely to find passengers nervously walking along the aisle or casually stretching their legs during the quieter times of the flight.

Invest in a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones to block out external noise, allowing you to concentrate on work or unwind with your favourite music, podcasts, or movies. Noise cancelling-headphones are a crucial tool for staying focused (and sane!) during long journeys, and can be used throughout the trip as well, making them particularly good for business travellers.

A compact toiletry kit to keep refreshed

It’s often the case that business travellers have to step out of the plane and straight into a meeting, giving you little time to look your best after a long flight.

A compact toiletry kit including basics such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, facial wipes, hand sanitiser and moisturiser will help you feel refreshed during the flight. What’s more, hand sanitiser is vital when flying, especially before shaking hands or handling any shared surfaces following a journey.

A travel pillow and blanket for a restful flight

Long-haul flights can be particularly exhausting trips, so it’s essential that you’re able to make it as comfortable as possible.

Getting some rest during your flight is important for a productive day once you arrive at your destination, and while most airlines will provide a pillow and blanket for the trip, this may not be a comfortable option altogether. If you get the chance, we recommend investing in your own sleeping equipment, to reduce the risk of a sleepless night and the effects of jet lag the next day.

Tech equipment for remote working

For business travelers and digital nomads, a laptop is a lifeline. Staying connected and productive is critical for individuals who are constantly on the move, and having a reliable laptop by your side means that you’re ready to tackle projects, respond to emails, and even join virtual meetings, no matter where you are.

However, working from the plane can be difficult if you don’t have access to the in-flight Wi-Fi, so bring a USB or external hard drive and a portable battery so you can keep a backup of the work you do. And, if you preload your favourite series and reading material ahead of time, you can keep entertained during the trip!

Comfortable clothes for the journey ahead

Choose clothing that is both comfortable and breathable, allowing you to move freely. Given the varying temperatures inside plane cabins, layering clothing is also a practical option.

Long flights also frequently result in swollen feet and legs, so you may want to consider using compression stockings for repeat trips. These specialised socks improve blood circulation, minimising the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a disease that is especially important for business travellers who are sitting for lengthy periods of time.

Flying to London soon?

With these long-distance flying essentials on hand, the journey becomes an exciting part of the adventure. Whether you’re relocating for business or exploring as a digital nomad, these basics ensure a productive, comfortable, and entertaining flight.

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Focus on the journey; we’ll take care of the rest.

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