5 Essential Pieces for Air Travel
Published on 08/20/2012
By Billy Brown
Cramped quarters and baggage fees are making air travel seem more like a necessary evil than a luxurious journey to your next adventure. Crying babies, eye-gouging airplane movies, and seats that seem designed to prevent sleep are all too common on flights these days. Like every other situation, gear can make it all better. Here are a few of our favorite pieces for taking the sting out of air travel.
Sennheiser MM 550x Soundproof Bluetooth headphones
Short of crashing, few things ruin a plane ride like a screaming baby. Over-the-ear soundproof headphones can be pretty pricey, but man, when that kid starts wailing, you’ll be glad you kicked down the cash. Sennheiser’s MM 550-x Bluetooth headphones connect to your device sans cords and block out 90% of cabin noise, so you can let Austrian Death Machine rock you gently to sleep.
OluKai Kia’i Training Shoe
Running to make your flight always grinds to a halt when you hit the security checkpoint. Besides looking good with a pair of jeans, OluKai’s Kia’i shoes feature a speed lace system so you can kick them off and slip them back on when you go through security. And once they’re back on, the dual-density midsole and rockered outsole will help you sprint, vault, and hurdle your way to your gate.
Burton Sleeper Premium Full-Zip Hoodie
Engineered specifically for air travel, Burton’s Sleeper Hoodie comes with an inflatable neck pillow sewn into the collar, an eye cover in the hood, and headphones in the drawstrings (in case you forget your Sennhiesers). All that and an Ambien is all you need to help you sleep through whatever godawful movie they’re playing on your flight.
Eagle Creek Specter Travel Cubes
Proper packing can make the difference between fitting everything in a carryon and paying to check a bigger bag. Travel gear like Eagle Creek’s Specter series helps you keep are your stuff compact and organized. Whether you’re trying to keep your socks and undies separated or you just need a hamper for all your dirty workout clothes on the way home, Eagle Creek’s Specter packing cubes will help you stay organized and keep your dirty clothes from contaminating the rest of your bag.
Gregory Alpaca 28 Rolling Duffel
If you’ve ever seen your clothes on the baggage carousel instead of your bag, you know the value of a tough-as-nails bag. The TPU-coated 1200-denier body and aluminum chassis on Gregory’s Alpaca 28 rolling duffel is so tough that your plane will break before the bag does. Seriously, we actually broke the lid on an overhead bin while trying to get one out at the end of a flight, and the bag came away unscathed. Add huge wheels for stability an a wide handle so you can roll it to the side (no more clipping your heels with your bag) and you’ve got a great carryon bag.