There are common mistakes we all made when we traveled long haul or had a long layover between flights. Sometimes even experienced travelers make them, because they failed to anticipate the level of discomfort that they would go through. Here is a list of 12 tips that are guaranteed to help make your travelling easier for all those long hours in transit.

1. Carry a comb – because you know messy hair after that nap on the flight is never a good look.

2. Buy a shaving soap bar – Liquids are limited when you fly. Instead why not buy a shaving soap bar that you can just lather up with and is travel safe!

3. Always have a change of clothes in your carry on – When flying, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Assuming that you’re checking your luggage, ALWAYS have at least one day’s worth of spare clothes in your carry-on so that you’re set if your luggage is lost.

4. Bring your best sunglasses – Whether driving or on the plane, quality shades make travel easier on the eyes and in my experience are one of the most common items travelers seem to leave at home. Big, dark ones (aviators certainly seem appropriate, don’t they?) work well for window glare and sleeping.

5 .Wear clothing with pockets – Never underestimate the value of pockets. One of the reasons I love my sports jacket, I always have a place to stash my tickets, my kindle, or my cell phone.

6. Take a bottle of water with you to the airport – Drink the water completely while checking-in. Make sure to use the bathroom!

7. Pack A Small Package of Wet-Wipes – Just do it, you’ll thank me later.

8. Carry an Emergency Kit – Aspirin or Ibuprofen, needle and thread, band aids, plastic tweezers, micro-flashlight.

9. Breath fresheners or gum –when traveling it’s nice to know you’re not putting of the person next you with foul breath by having a few sticks of gum available.

10. Shower Right Before A Long Flight – It matters when you’re in transit for 24 hours and you start to feel ripe after 3 full flights where the airplane’s AC isn’t working as well as you’d like.

11. Audio Books & Podcasts – It’s a magical experience to be able to listen to a well-read and engaging book while you’re flying.

12. Armrest Rules – If you’re seated by the window or on an aisle – you are entitled to your one armrest. Give the guy (or girl) in the center row two as they have no other place to put their arms – you can at least step out and move around or lean on the side of the plane.

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