Friday, September 13, 2013

Overnight Mileage Run Checklist

I'm going on a mileage run trip this weekend and I'd like to share my checklist of what I need to pack.
  • Pillow – Couch pillows work for window seat types, neck pillows are best for middle and aisle seats.
  • Blanket – I sleep better with one on flights, but odds are your aircraft won’t have any on board.  I actually bought a few new Envoy blankets from US Airways, they travel well and are comfortable (and only $5).
  • Eye Mask – Helps me sleep no matter the time of day.
  • Ear Plugs – Much better option than sleeping with my clunky Bose headphones.  Bring a few pairs.
  • Power Strip – There are never enough outlets, so make your own.
  • Headphones – Great for tunes, in flight entertainment, and just blocking out ambient noise.  I like my QC15’s, but my old QC3’s may have been better for travelling.
  • iPhone Charging Cable – IT will run out of amps without a charge or two.
  • Laptop and Cord – Get some work done, watch a DVD, or wander the internet.  The iPhone screen gets tiring fast.
  • Backpack – Travel light, no need for a roller bag if you don’t plan to stay in a hotel.
  • Change of Underoos – Just because you don’t plan on staying in a hotel doesn’t mean you won’t.  Canceled flights, missed connections, and bumps happen (bumps rock because they can usually pay for the trip).
  • ID – It’s a short trip without one.
  • United Club Card – Always nice to have on hand, required if flying US Airways because they can’t look up your membership any other way.
  • Pills – Tylenol, Pepto-Bismol, melatonin, and anything else you might need.
  • Water Bottle – Stay hydrated to feel better.
  • Charmin – Spending your next 36 hours or more in an airport or on an airplane, you’ll probably want something better than what’s provided.
  • Reading Material – I bring The Economist and a book, in flight magazines are good too, but get repetitive after a second reading.
United 737 at DEN

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