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Which whizz-bangery are you using to make your flying better?

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Hi all,
Here’s a thought for your fri arvo, with maybe some of you twiddling thumbs in an end-of-week lounge.

What do you do to make your trips easier/more tolerable?

Eg. Me - I like travelling light with all my kit. So I have an excellent A4 size Thule shoulder bag that can fit
- personal laptop, iPad Pro, iPad mini, all cables and chargers
- work Surface pro with power suply
- reading glasses pens etc.
- can hang my NC headphones via a carabeena off the strap
- also hang my Apple Airbuds via a little case on the same carabeena
Also use luggage scales to ensure I can avoid check-in luggage whenever possible. Well considered clothing means I can go a week on work with no checkin. But I don’t need suits, which helps a lot.
I have favourite pants that are comfy with enough pockets for power and USB cables without having to leave my seat. AND the back pocket fits my iPad mini so I’m entertained as soon as I make my seat. Barely notice gate delays. I use my 5yr old iPad mini coz it’s small enough to use during takeoff/landing and big enough to watch. Perfect!

Then of course I REALLY like being in the lounges, esp in delays. Maybe a bit precious but it’s a big part of all my little things that help it stay smooth and relaxed.

So!!?!
What gadgets/practices/superstitions do YOU have/do to make it all go easier??
 

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Not gadget or whizz-bangery, but I posted this elsewhere recently.


Really comfy to sleep on.
 

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Noise canceling headphones, I-bridge with movies etc or downloaded/offline Netflix titles on an Ipad
 

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Break up the journey by taking a room at Crowne Plaza Changi regardless of whether it is LHR or LAX
Resmed Cpap with blackout mask and battery back up just in case
Start watching a stupid movie after caviar, Krug meal and a great red wine to go lights out.
 
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Not gadget or whizz-bangery, but I posted this elsewhere recently.


Really comfy to sleep on.
Wow! That’s a great idea!
I can def. see how that would make a diff.
 

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For long haul: My phone with the “plane songs” playlist on it (think soft, soothing classical music to drown out screaming children), some Valium, a full bottle of water (reusable, of course), an eye mask, and a reject shop neck pillow (because even though I have status I’m not fancy enough to fly J).
 
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Noise canceling headphones, I-bridge with movies etc or downloaded/offline Netflix titles on an Ipad
Definite +1 for pre-downloaded Netflix. My little iPad is only 32GB but I can still fit enough but I do have to plan and choose. Got an external USB for the iPad now to store movies on, not needed to use it yet.
Do have to be a little careful for inappropriate content. Especially if a chuld in row behind can see through. :)
 
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Drugs (phenerghan), compression socks (makes a huge difference for me), Bose NC headphones, very old ipod and separate seats from hubby (love you Honey, see you in 12 hrs).
I’m wondering if you’ve found some compression socks better than others? I’ve been thinking of trying some myself after my feet swelled a bit on my last trip to DFW
 

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Much the same as others have said
- Kobo eReader with a stack of books for whiling away the hours waiting for flights, on flights, waiting for luggage, customs etc. Certainly a lot easier than the 'old' days carrying a pile of paperbacks
- Android tablet with a memory card, holding downloaded Netflix and other movies and TV episodes that MrsK isn't interested in
- NC headphones
- Battery bank for recharging on the road, along with an assortment of cables
- Neck pillow if my attempt to upgrade to J is unsuccessful (50% of the time)
- Sense of humour
 
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Battery bank for recharging on the road, along with an assortment of cables
Wondering if you do the same?
Some time ago I put all my cables, connectors, chargers etc. into a small case (A5 size) that I could just 'grab-n-go' so that I didn't have to look for things or 2nd-check i had everything. Even if it meant buying a 2nd watch charger, laptop charger, or extra cables etc. So I can just keep everything for travel in that 1 case. Has saved LOADS of time and mucking about with packing only to find something forgotten.
Over time my case has got a little too big, not as many cables needed, I'm looking to downsize it a bit. Or maybe not - I'm due to find a better universal 240v travel plug so that may take the space.
 

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My trips are mostly leisure so I try to cut down on the tech gadgets. My Bose headphones, absolutely. Charging necessities. And my Kindle accompanies me everywhere (well, everywhere that I may have spare reading time!) For long-haul flights I download a selection of audiobooks to my phone. I don't sleep much on planes but I can lie back with eyes closed and listen to a good story while resting from screen-time. I like to select something evocative of where I'm heading to build the anticipation.
 

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Wondering if you do the same?
Some time ago I put all my cables, connectors, chargers etc. into a small case (A5 size) that I could just 'grab-n-go' so that I didn't have to look for things or 2nd-check i had everything. Even if it meant buying a 2nd watch charger, laptop charger, or extra cables etc. So I can just keep everything for travel in that 1 case. Has saved LOADS of time and mucking about with packing only to find something forgotten.
Over time my case has got a little too big, not as many cables needed, I'm looking to downsize it a bit. Or maybe not - I'm due to find a better universal 240v travel plug so that may take the space.
I do much the same. I pinched one of the kids soft pencil cases years ago, and put everything into that so that battery bank and other cables, cigarette lighter attachment for hire cars, convertor are in one place. Likewise I use one of their old reader bags for all my 'junk' (tablet, e-reader, headphones and so on) so I can pull it out of my back pack and drop onto my seat, as I'm usually in Y and there's not a lot of room.
 

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