Whether utilizing a flight, bus, or train, odds are you’ll be traveling in the near future – and there’s nothing worse than being uncomfortable and bored during your trip. If you’re a once-in-a-while type of traveler, chances are you aren’t yet equipped for a fun, easy ride. If you are, this time of the year is your least favorite, with not-so-savvy travelers, more overbooked planes, trains, and automobiles…it’s chaos.

So how do you make it an enjoyable, tolerable experience? Put together a long-haul travel toolkit, of course! Here’s everything you need:


Regardless of your method of transportation, unless you’re one of the lucky ducks that get to lounge in first class, you’ll be sitting in a too-tight, scratchy seat. To make sure you’re cozy for the duration of your travels, getting comfy is a must. First, you’ll want to ensure that you’re wearing the right garb and for that, we have the only outfit you need on the blog (think leggings, a sweatshirt, good socks, etc.) Once you have that covered, you’ll need certain seat essentials – think pillows and blankets. Our travel toolkit has all you need.


Now that you’re snug as a bug in a rug, on to the next order of business. Headphones can make or break your trip. If you’re flying, the attendants will likely give them out – but beware; these will make your ears will feel like they’re bleeding after 10 minutes. This is the time to splurge just a little and get yourself some good quality, noise cancelling headphones. To figure out which pair is right for you, look no further than our headphone buying guide. Frequent flyers, you know the thrill it is to throw them on and immediately forget that you’re sitting next to a crying toddler. Newbies, you’re welcome in advance.


So you’re comfy, just having woken up from a nap (thank you, noise cancelling technology!) but you still have several hours to go before you reach your destination. What’s next? Watching some good stuff, obviously. Sure, some planes have in-flight entertainment, but if not, you’ll need at least a couple downloaded movies and shows. Enter the glorious god that is Netflix, and its new downloadable content capability. Right after you finish packing at home, take a peek at the Thrillist Best Movies on Netflix list and the Tech Junkie Best Netflix Shows to Download list. Armageddon? Master of None? Give me all of it.


What’s better than a juicy read to get you in the vacation mood? Nothing. Haven’t read Harry Potter yet? Time to start. If the Wizarding World doesn’t tickle your fancy, though, worry not – our summer reading guide has plenty of options for you to choose from. And you’ve almost made it! Please put away your laptops, put your seat to upright position, and keep reading until you land.

Happy painless traveling, everyone!