But there are some really savvy air travel accessories that are designed to make your trip more comfortable.
Check out these state-of-the-art products that have been developed to solve some of your favorite flying pet peeves.
The inflatable cross body pillow is a better alternative to the neck pillow and if you want a deeper sleep add ear plugs and a good room darkening sleep mask.
You just might fall in love with air travel again when you up the on-board comfort factor with whole body support.
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Earplanes for kids between the ages of 1 - 10 who experience pain on take-off and landing.
* Note - Ear pain issues can be worst when landing at a lower elevation than that from which you've come. For example if you live at 3,000 foot elevation and are landing at sea level, the likelihood that your child will experience discomfort increases.
A headset designed for kids 2 and up. Volume is restricted for little ears and they can listen to their favorite music, games and DVD's over and over and over again.
The trick to packing well is to stay ultra organized. It's one thing to know that you have an item among your things...but another to be able to locate it in a flash.
Packing cubes keep you organized and items easy to find. They also compress your garments into manageable packets when packed snugly.
Electronics have become a part of most of our lives - keep it all together with a specially designed organizer and tame stray wires into easy to handle bundles with gear ties.
Specially sized pots and tubes carry your liquids, lotions, creams and gels in acceptable amounts for your carry-on. They're also cute and easy to fill.
Respect the spectacles with a rugged glasses case designed for the active traveler.
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We've selected accesssories for your in-flight comfort and any special aids you or a loved one might need for negotiating the airport and boarding the plane.
The 7 day pillbox is huge and capable of carrying ALL of your supplements and medications. Because each day has an individual box you can pack only the number of boxes you need or use the additional boxes as super jewelry and small item organizers.
Easy to transport mobility aids for airports and planes include folding canes and walkers that transform from functional to packable in seconds.
Renting a Car?
If you or someone traveling with you uses a handicapped parking permit (the kind that you normally hang from the rear view mirror) don't forget to pack it for use in the rental car.
Intercontinental flights often take you into an entirely different infrastructure where electrical outlets are not designed for your electronics. You'll need a good adaptor to transition your devices from one continent to another.
Compress your packables, not only does it allow you to pack more but it keeps everything orderly.
Keep your valuables and necessities close, secure and invisible with the neck stash. There are regions where pickpocketing is an art and unwary tourists are frequently targeted by them. This number keeps your things too close for their comfort.
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