The Best Accessories for Sleeping on a Plane

Sleeping on a plane isn’t an easy task for some of us, but getting a little rest on your flight will help you arrive feeling fresh and ready to explore. With more more people and less legroom on planes these days, packing a few extra things to help you sleep is key.


Here are the Travel Hack’s best accessories for getting those precious hours of sleep before you land.


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Noise cancelling headphones

There are some things that normal headphones just won’t drown out (screaming babies!), so splurging for a noise cancelling system can be worth it. is a quality brand, albeit expensive. For a more affordable option try .

Ear buds

This style headphone packs small and even if you don’t want to listen to anything they are a great deterrent from your chatty neighbor. let you keep your smartphone tucked out of sight.

Ear plugs

These take up virtually no room in your bag, keep airplane sounds to a minimum, and don’t fall out while you sleep. The brand relieves air pressure discomfort for an added bonus.

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Sleep apps

Smart phones have endless options of sleep apps to download. Whether you prefer the sounds of the ocean or relaxing music, prep your phone ahead of time so it’ll be ready when you want to fall asleep.

Sleeping aids

Your drugstore has natural sleeping aids and over the counter sleeping pills that can be a big help for getting to sleep. Just be sure to try it out before actually flying.

Lavender Essential Oils

Lavender helps induce sleepiness. Just a small amount of will help you relax and put you in a mood for sleep. Your neighbor will thank you too as it smells great. If natural remedies aren’t your thing, a glass of red wine will usually do the trick as well.


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Wear Layers

It’s always good to dress in layers or bring an extra layer or blanket with you. You never know if the plane is going to be extremely hot or really cold. goes over your head, so it won’t fall off while you sleep.

The Knee Defender

If you have long legs and find that the tray table is your biggest enemy to getting sleep on a flight, the could be perfect for you. This product was all the buzz after incident on a flight. Since then some airlines have banned it’s use so check before you travel if you plan on using it.

Eye Mask

A stylish sleep mask will keep you from waking up if your neighbor turns on the overhead light or opens the plane’s window shade.Sleeping on a plane

Sleeper Scarf

I’m always looking for travel products that serve multiple purposes and the does just that. It’s a scarf that will keep you warm on the flight and also has a relatively unnoticeable inflatable pillow attached to it. Not to mention the scarf is really cute and something I would wear on a flight anyway. For a men’s version, check out this with a built in neck pillow and eye mask.

Trtl Pillow

The packs flat, unlike most neck pillows, but still provides plenty of support. It’s a great accessory for anyone stuck in the dreaded middle seat.

Neck Pillow

It seems as though there are a million neck pillows on the market, and although they don’t pack as well as the options mentioned above, a is very comfortable and can sometimes be worth lugging around the airport for a good night sleep.

Got the beat on other sleep accessories? We’d love to hear about them!



Jenny Dolphin

Jenny Dolphin hails from across the pond in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes. While Minnesota will always be home, she has spent the last 10 years bouncing around the world living in Australia, California, New York, Colorado, Italy, Rhode Island, and Florida. She has travelled to 40+ countries, visited nearly all the States, and worked as a flight attendant based out of San Francisco. Having to pack for multiple climates in one small carry-on as a flight attendant taught her a few things about packing smart.

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