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Fly In-Style with Your Very Own Comfort Bag

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If the word “fuselage” is any indication, planes aren’t built by people with an appreciation for comfort. Ever since I made the decision to wean myself off of Xanax, it has become clear to me that if I want to enjoy flying, I need to take matters into my own hands.

For my Egypt trip I decided to create a Travel Betty comfort bag. It needed to be small enough to grab in a fit of panic while at the same time large enough to contain all I need to keep from drawing blood from my seatmate.

I used a soft, black, drawstring shoe bag that Travel Boyfriend got on his Upper-Class Virgin Atlantic flight a few months back (although, to be fair, even a Lower-Class shoe bag will do). We had nine flights total during our five weeks in Egypt and in the end I was more than pleased with the results.

Travel Betty Comfort Bag Contents:

  • Lavender-scented eye pillow (breathe deeply during take-off)
  • Palm-sized massage roller (to avert pesky deep vein thrombosis)
  • iPod (loaded with Fear of Flying podcasts as well as my hypnotherapist’s personalized relaxation MP3)
  • Lip balm
  • Eye drops
  • Wet-naps
  • Ear plugs
  • Xanax (just in case!)
  • Burt’s Bees Hand Salve
  • Breath Mints
  • Chocolate

A word to the wise when creating your own comfort bag, don’t forget to separate out any liquids into a clear zip bag for the asinine security procedures.


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