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The Ultimate Carry-On Guide for Fearful Flyers

carry-on guide for fearful flyers

It’s important for fearful flyers to prepare for our trips ahead of time. Good packing skills are essential for any traveler, but anyone who feels jittery on planes needs to take extra care!

I’m a nervous flyer. Big time. When I first began this blog, I wanted to inspire travelers similar to me and let them know they aren’t alone in their fears. Most of my posts provide tips on defeating anxiety itself. However I realize sometimes we need tangible items to help calm us in stressful situations.

Thus the “ultimate carry-on guide for fearful flyers” was born! I’ve used all these items in my travel life. Hopefully, my guide helps you pack smart for your upcoming trip to some amazing land.

Happy shopping!

carry-on guide for fearful flyers

Tumi Portable Phone Charger

Most planes have USB chargers in their seats. Most. Older planes might have nothing available to recharge your electronics. You don’t want your phone to die if you need a distraction from turbulence! I use my iPhone for comfort shows, movies, and music. My favorite charger is my Tumi Portable Phone Charger. You have four charges on this thing. Seriously, not only does this portable charger have enough energy for long flights, but it also lasts all day while you’re sightseeing. A must have.

carry-on guide for fearful flyers

Soft Warm Microfiber Socks

Something about comfy socks instantly makes me think of an autumn Sunday at home. I wear a pair of light microfiber socks on every flight. These socks keep both my feet and mind warm. And, okay, they look like they’d match a pair of pajamas. Who cares! You won’t see your fellow passengers again anyway. Your own comfort and peace of mind are important than looking like you belong in a Milan fashion show.

carry-on guide for fearful flyers

Travel Mate Memory Foam Pillow

Economy seats are super uncomfortable. I’m sorry but I’ve yet to find an economy seat that’s cozy enough for my high standards. And feeling uncomfortable? Not good if your stomach’s already in knots. Make sure to bring a memory foam pillow along for the ride to relax those tense neck muscles.

carry-on guide for fearful flyers

REM Sleep Mask Kit

Are you someone who easily falls asleep in a place that isn’t a bed? Lucky you. Send me your secrets! For the plane, don’t forget a comfy eye mask and ear plugs, and drift off into blissful sleep in your new dark, quiet surroundings. Sleeping = no awareness = no fear of flying. Everyone wins!

carry-on guide for fearful flyers

Noise Cancelling Headphones

If you’re like me, then noises coming from the plane’s engine are enough to make your palms sweat. Ew. Don’t want that. Invest in a pair of noise cancelling headphones to block out any offending sounds. Then you can enjoy your favorite movies without fretting over whether or not the engine’s gonna fail.

carry-on guide for fearful flyers

Kindle E-Reader

If you’re reading my blog, then you know I’m a total book junkie! An e-reader, such as a Kindle, is absolutely essential for fearful flyers who need to pull their minds away from engine noises and mid-air bumps. If you’re short on cash, install the free kindle app onto your smart phone and download some free books. Personally, I go for familiar and comforting books for long plane rides. Pride and Prejudice? Yes, please!

carry-on guide for fearful flyers

Hand Therapy Stress Ball

Wanna relax your muscles and destroy plane-related stress? Then invest in a stress ball! I love crushing these between my fingers. It may sound too simple (and good) to be true, but stress balls calm my nerves if I’m stuck in a tense situation. Very useful for nervous flyers. Plus stress balls are tiny and compressible so they won’t use much space in your carry-on bag.

carry-on guide for fearful flyers

Relaxation/Meditation Coloring Books

Coloring books are all the rage. Even if hype annoys you, you should buy one for your next flight. It’s been proven time and again that coloring relaxes people and not just young kids either. So why not return to your inner child on the plane? Bring a few colored pencils with you, too! Soon you’ll feel zen. Totally zeeeeeeen.

Want something that’ll challenge your brain a bit more than coloring? Then go for…

carry-on guide for fearful flyers

Crossword Puzzles

Distraction is key for fearful flyers, myself included! A simple crossword puzzle book can occupy your mind for hours. Try it! Not only will you feel less anxious about your flight, but your brain’ll also enjoy valuable “exercise.” You can find crossword puzzles everywhere too. Book stores, the airport, online realtors, etc.

carry-on guide for fearful flyers

Now smile and board a plane!

What important gear do you think belongs in every fearful flyer’s carry-on bag? Let me know if I’ve missed anything!

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8 Responses to The Ultimate Carry-On Guide for Fearful Flyers

  1. Kara September 3, 2016 at 11:10 am #

    I’ve recently developed a bit of flight anxiety. When I was flying from Denver to Salt Lake City and we hit a patch of nasty turbulence. The plan was shaking up and down. I used to be excited on flights when I was younger. Now I just want them over with. I love the colouring book and the noise cancelling headphone idea. Think I will put together a tool kit next time I fly. Thanks Rachel.

    • Rachel Elizabeth September 3, 2016 at 11:23 am #

      Kara —

      Arghhhh, it’s so frustrating one bad flight can cause this anxiety. My own fear of flying began because of a turbulent flight from Philadelphia to London. Definitely plan ahead, and keep traveling! We can’t let silly bumps in the air stop us from seeing the world.

  2. Rachel Heller September 4, 2016 at 3:24 am #

    I take an over-the-counter stress reducer; I can’t remember what the active ingredient is but it’s from the herbal medicine section. I’m not sure if it does anything or just works as a placebo, but either way … I do crossword puzzles too, or else Sudoku. And on longer flights I watch lots of movies, but no horror or thrillers.

    • Rachel Elizabeth September 5, 2016 at 8:15 am #

      Rachel —

      Hahaha, I definitely stay far away from horror and thriller films on planes!! My mind doesn’t need the additional nightmare fuel. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting!

  3. Anita September 6, 2016 at 1:30 pm #

    Yay for Pride and Prejudice!!! It’s one of my go-to books to read. I have at least 3 copies, including a free one on my Kindle!

    • Rachel Elizabeth September 6, 2016 at 4:13 pm #

      Anita —

      Pride and Prejudice is AMAZING. I have free copies on my e-reader, phone, and two physical copies at home. And I own both the BBC and 2005 movie DVDs. I’m obsessed.

      • Anita September 7, 2016 at 2:30 pm #

        So do I!!!!! I’ve been meaning to watch the BBC version again. Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy is classic!!!! I’m so glad I’m not the only one out there that can’t get enough of Pride and Prejudice 🙂

        • Rachel Elizabeth September 7, 2016 at 3:46 pm #

          Anita —

          It IS such a classic! I might watch it over the weekend when I need to decompress, haha.

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