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  • kay

    a good hoodie….the amount of times the temp of the flight seems to drop to sub zero.

    • Dave

      It’s the dry air that causes that – slow evaporation subtly cools the extremities.

  • RayG

    An airplane adaptor for your headphone jack.
    BTW, the noice cancelling circuitry on headphones doesn’t work on babies, voices or cackles, just on low frequency noises such as plane engines, but they’re worth it just for that. The big foam sound proofing on your over ear headphones does help to block out the high frequencies, though.

  • Jaybo

    pack some basic toiletries (toothbrush etc), can be quite refreshing mid flight to have clean teeth (especially on long hauls!)
    also pack some spare undies/socks (and as with kay’s suggestion, a hoodie) and even a spare shirt/pants if you can fit them in to your carry-on.
    if you’ve got all of the above and the airline loses your luggage you’ve got a change of clothes (or at least undies) and a freshen-up kit to keep you going for a day until they can get you your stuff (or you have a chance to go shopping), also useful if you hit turbulence & spill lunch all over yourself mid-flight :)

    • Jessi Braverman

      Having airlines lose my luggage multiple time, I wholeheartedly endorse this suggestion. Also – if you wear contacts, pack your glasses in your carry-on as well as any medication. Pedals, shoes and helmet are also best packed in carry-on if you have room.

      • Jaybo

        Yes! I always pack my glasses and a spare set of contacts. Quite often change from contacts to glasses mid flight due to the crappy cabin air and trying to nap so I don’t have to peel the contacts from my eyeballs on arrival :)
        Given I’m not a pro cyclist I don’t have to bother with pedals and shoes though!

  • Joel

    top tips! the homemade banana bread has got my stomach rumbling/

    Also, I am very much an advocate now of not flying with multiple airlines on a multi leg trip. Avoid the code sharers and chances are you’ll be looked after. i can tell you a very sorry tale about how it took me 72 hours to get from Perth to Bruge in Belgium flying with KLM. Then the following week I had to listen to my friend’s experiences of the riding they had done in the tour of flanders citizen ride.
    Avoid Bahrain airport at all costs.

  • TRex

    With the amount of times I have lost luggage always take a small backpack with the following
    Long sleeve t shirt can pull sleeves up or down depending on weather
    1 spare pair of undies for when you hit day 5 and what is next after inside out backwards
    1 spare pair of socks
    1 toothbrush and paste
    Always wear comfortable jeans on the flight as you can wear a pair of jeans for 6 weeks before a wash and dress them up or down for any occastion

  • Jessy Vee

    I’d always take a beanie or hat (depending on the season) – the beanie will keep your head warm if you end up caught outside in the wind, or if you find yourself sitting beneath an obnoxiously cold air conditioner and are prone to cold air headaches… The hat will keep sun off, wind out of your hair, and the brim can keep rain off your face, too.

    Lip balm – lips get dry and cracked a lot when travelling by air. Also doubles as extreme hand moisturiser. lol.

    I’m all about the baby wipes, too. They can clean faces, hands, help in toilet emergencies, clean your bike, clean grease off your hands, freshen you up, wipe away sticky crud from tables/chairs you have to sit at. I don’t have a baby, but I swear the check out chick at my local supermarket thinks I have four children under the age of 5.


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