When traveling to a new destination, whether near or far, the anticipation of arriving can be so high that we find difficulty sleeping on our flight. In addition to the anticipation, airplanes are generally noisy, with announcements, crying babies, and everything in between–not to mention feeling squished or uncomfortable.

Luckily there are items you can bring with you on your flight to ensure you get the best sleep possible. 

Here are 5 items you need to sleep peacefully on your next flight. 

Eye Mask 

When just closing your eyes won’t suffice, wearing an eye mask is a great way to block out all light. There are also eye masks with loaded cups for the most comfortable experience. 

Noise-Cancelling Headphones

The best way to block out noise while on a flight is by investing in a pair of noise-canceling headphones. Many noise-canceling headphones also have Bluetooth capabilities, which allows you to listen to music as you doze off.

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If you’re having trouble deciding which headphones are the best to invest in, they these Bose QuietControl 30 wireless headphones — they’re definitely a favorite among travelers!


Melatonin supplements are a great and healthier alternative to sleeping pills. Although this supplement is natural, you should still talk to your doctor or healthcare professional before taking it. 

Calm App

Downloading the Calm app is a great way to get relaxing music, soothing stories, and meditations in the same place. This app is perfect for winding down and aiding in sleep. 

Lavender Essential Oil 

Another natural alternative to aid in sleep is a lavender essential oil. You can find this in easy and convenient roller-ball packaging at most health food stores. Make sure to choose an oil that is natural. 

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To use the oil, just roll a small amount into the palms of your hands and inhale. You can also rub on your wrists and temples.