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8 Things to Pack if You Want to Sleep on the Plane

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If you have trouble falling asleep on planes, you’re certainly not alone. Fortunately, these products can help. 

From an under-$20 inflatable footrest to a pricey pair of earbuds designed specifically for sleep, we scoured Amazon for the top product picks to help you catch some zzz’s on your next plane ride. Plus, it’s worth noting that each item has racked up hundreds—if not thousands—of five-star ratings so that you can rest assured (pun intended, of course), you’ll receive your money’s worth. 

MLVOC Travel Pillow

MLVOC Travel Pillow, eyemask, carrying bag, and ear plugs
Amazon

With more than 15,500 Amazon ratings, this plush travel pillow has become a fan-favorite amongst globetrotters. Its memory foam material is soft and comfy, while its curved design adds support. Plus, the two adjustable ropes at the front offer a customized fit. Meanwhile, the sweat-resistant, machine-washable case provides breathability. The pillow can also collapse in size to save space and fit in the (included) carrying case. An eye mask and earplugs are also included as an added bonus. 

Sunany Inflatable Foot Rest Pillow 

Sunany Inflatable Foot Rest Pillow, eye mask, ear plugs, and carrying case
Amazon

No legroom? No problem: You can still lounge out in coach with the help of this inflatable footrest. Its collapsible, space-saving construction—and included drawstring bag—makes it easy to carry around the airport, while the double valve makes it easy to inflate by mouth (about 90 seconds, according to the manufacturer) It only takes a few seconds to deflate, too.) Plus, its height-adjustable design makes it an excellent option for users of all ages and sizes.

OLLY Extra Strength Sleep Melatonin Gummy

OLLY Extra Strength Sleep Melatonin Gummy
Amazon

Featuring five milligrams of melatonin (AKA “the sleep hormone”) and L-theanine (an amino acid known to reduce stress), these great-tasting, blackberry-flavored sleep gummies have racked up whopping 33,600-plus reviews, including 25,000-plus five-star ones. What’s more, they make a great alternative to non-habit-forming sleep aids. They’re also infused with a slew of plant-based ingredients, such as chamomile (which Healthline calls a “mild tranquilizer”), passionflower (which can help you relax), and lemon balm (a standard sleep aid). The manufacturer recommends taking two of them about 30 minutes before going to sleep. 

Travelrest 4-in-1 Premier Class Travel Blanket with Zipped Pocket

Travelrest 4-in-1 Premier Class Travel Blanket with Zipped Pocket
Amazon

This wearable blanket may not look the trendiest or most fashionable, but any savvy traveler knows that comfort is key when it comes to mastering red-eyes or long-haul flights. In fact, it’s super-soft—and machine-washable—fleece material is a favorite amongst reviewers. When you’re not using the blanket, simply stick it back inside the included zippered storage case and strap it onto your luggage for easy carrying. 

MZOO Sleep Eye Mask

MZOO Sleep Eye Mask and carrying case
Amazon

This sleep eye mask has garnered more than 50,000 Amazon ratings and counting thanks to its innovative contoured design that won’t weigh down your eyes or leave them feeling heavy. Plus, its plush, memory foam fabric is powerful enough to block out light so you can catch zzz’s—even if the airplane window stays open through the entire flight. It’s even equipped with an adjustable strap for a customized fit. Choose from four colors. 

thisworks sleep plus+ pillow spray

thisworks sleep plus+ pillow spray
Amazon

This sleep spray clocks in at a TSA-approved 2.5 ounces, making it the perfect carry-on accessory for your next flight. It features a blend of plant-based essential oils, like lavender (for relaxation), vetivert (which can help promote calmness), and chamomile (a common sleep aid). Spritz some onto your travel pillow and blanket and enjoy the soothing aroma as you drift off to sleep. 

Bose Sleepbuds II

Bose Sleepbuds II
Amazon

While they may look like regular earbuds, the Bose Sleepbuds II were designed solely for sleep. Instead of playing your favorite podcasts or tunes, these earbuds stream relaxing, peaceful sounds to block out distracting noises from the outside world. Use them to drown out crying babies, annoying seatmates, and other plane pet peeves. Although they’re pricey, the earbuds’ soft silicone material offers a comfy fit, while the 10-hour battery life is suitable for cross-country and overnight flights alike. Choose from a curated selection of 50 tranquil sounds, all of which are available on the corresponding smartphone app. Three different-sized ear tips are also included. 

TOZO NC9 Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Earbuds

TOZO NC9 Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Earbuds
Amazon

If you don’t want to shell out a few hundred bucks on a pair of specialized sleep earbuds, consider these top-rated noise-canceling earbuds, which are both wireless and waterproof. Perhaps the best feature of all is the “Transparent Mode,” which allows you to hear important announcements from the captain, flight attendants, and airport crew members—without having to pause your music or take your earbuds out. Other key highlights include an eight-hour battery life, three built-in microphones, and an included wireless case for easy, on-the-go charging. 

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