Staple Pieces You Need to Stay Comfortable on a Flight

This guest blog post was curated for Bucky by Kacey Bradley.

Air travel is the optimal choice for traveling long distances. It's quick and sometimes you get snacks and drinks included in your ticket price. Like all things, there’s a downside to being on an airplane and that’s the struggle to stay comfortable.

Airplane seats are usually small and squeezed together so the airline can maximize space to fit more passengers. This can make people feel claustrophobic and uncomfortable. Knowing what staple pieces to bring on board will help you maximize the space you have and guarantee a more comfortable journey. Having a carry on packing list will help you remember all the essentials, but here’s a few things to consider before you hop on your next flight.


Comfortable Clothing

Flying means you will be doing a lot of sitting and a lot of walking, so make sure the clothes you are wearing are comfortable. Some great options are a pair of loose fitting pants or leggings paired with a soft t-shirt or sweater. Comfortable clothing will allow you to move around when finding which seated position is the most comfortable, and won’t slow you down when hustling through the airport when catching your flight.


Trusty Jacket 

You never know if you’re going to be under the air condition vent or not, or how cold the plane will be. It’s good to always have a jacket with you in case you need it! With the current trends focused so much on staple and structured pieces, you could bring a leather jacket, since quality leather makes for a good insulator. Don’t let the thought of finding such a quality jacket to your wardrobe scare you though – it’s easy to find pieces within your budget and you can easily read about what materials to look for. After all, if you’re going to be traveling so frequently, a small investment like this will keep you chic and comfortable on all your adventures! There’s also cotton jackets if you’re wearing long sleeves or a jean one for both comfort and style.


Soft Travel Scarf

Travel scarves can be super handy on a plane. Are you feeling a little chilly? Wrap it up around your arms or drape it over your lap. Need to some privacy? Drape it over your seat to make a tiny scarf tent to help you sleep. Travel scarves are also a great addition to your light and comfortable travel outfit.


 Slip-On Shoes

If you get frustrated before you get on the plane, you’ll be less likely to enjoy the experience or be able to get comfortable. That’s why you should wear slip-on shoes to the airport! They will make getting through security quick and easy, making the whole trip a breeze.


Throw Blanket

If you’re someone who's naturally cold all the time, bring a throw blanket with you on the plane. It’ll keep your arms and legs warm during your flight, and it’ll be especially useful if you’re having an overnight trip where the provided blankets might be too thin. Some throws even fold into pillows for a two-in-one option!


Neck Pillow

Some people have issues with sitting in one place for too long. It can cause back and joint pains, which is when neck pillows come in handy. Bring one with you if you find your body aching after a plane ride. It’ll allow your spine to release any tension while keeping your head comfortable. Having a neck pillow will also keep you from putting your face against the seat or wall of the plane, which could have unknown bacteria and oils on it that are bad for your skin.


Noise-Cancelling Headphones

One of the worst things to experience on a plan is being sat next to someone who’s a loud eater or snores in their sleep. Don’t go on another trip without investing in a set of noise-cancelling headphones. You’ll find that silence makes your personal space feel bigger and you’ll be able to relax more easily.


High-Quality Eye Mask

Once you’re snuggled up with your travel pillow, throw blanket and noise-cancelling headphones, all you’ll need is an eye mask to help whisk you away to pleasant dreams. Shop around or research online to find an eye mask that fits your head well but not too tight, and blocks any light that might try to get through the fabric.

 What you want to bring on the plane for your own comfort depends on how you want to spend the ride. If you like to sleep, bring everything you need so you can feel like you’re in your own bed or spend your time awake and entertained while not being distracted by things on the plane. Whatever you choose to bring, make sure you always have a few comfort staple pieces with you so you’re prepared for anything.



Kacey Bradley is the lifestyle and travel blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she frequently writes for sites like US Travel News, Thought Catalog, Style Me Pretty, and more!

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June 05, 2018 by Annemarie Kelley

Travel More Gracefully

Travel can be very fun and exciting. Traveling for work can be difficult. But, traveling during the peak summer periods can be more difficult than at other times of the year.

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Some people love to travel and find every aspect of the trip to be a wonderful experience. However, most of us look at travel as an adventure with possible pitfalls and we must guard ourselves to prevent negative outcomes. The stress of traveling can take a toll on our physical health and possibly on our emotional well being. For example, stress from travel can lead to: poor rest while sleeping, fatigue, and sometimes low back, neck or shoulder pain from tension in the muscles of the back. The emotional challenges may include loss of concentration, anxiety, anger/frustration, or even sadness/depression. These symptoms of travel related stress can be reduced by self-care.

Since we cannot avoid all travel and travel during peak summer periods can be most stressful, we need to learn what we can do to lessen the inevitable stress. Regular physical exercise such as walking, running, swimming, or bicycle riding can reduce some muscle tension and can help with relaxation. Careful adjustments to diet can help with stress management including eating less sugar or caffeinated products.

To make you more comfortable and to reduce stress during travel, you can consider the benefit of making your body more supported while you travel. Bucky’s Neck Pillow is perfect because it can support your head and neck while you travel. A lumbar support pillow can help to relax the muscles of your lower back while in the car, plane, or on the train while traveling. Bucky’s Lumbar Support Pillow is a quality product that is perfect for this function.

 If you do not have to do the driving, Bucky’s Eye Mask can offer you relaxation that can help prevent headaches while resting your eyes and relaxing muscles of the face. The benefits of the Eye Mask increased dramatically if you can take some quiet time to relax or to meditate during your travels. This can make your travel experience much more productive and enjoyable.

Remember to allow a little extra time when you are traveling to sit back comfortably, take a deep slow breath, and enjoy the present moment. If you are more relaxed the experiences you have along the way will give the trip more flavor and perhaps help to teach memorable lessons along the way.

I’m Dr. John Mason, founder of the Stress Education Center and guest writer for the I love My Bucky Blog.

Travel safely.

February 09, 2017 by Annemarie Kelley