Best Accessories and Gadgets for Long Haul Flights: Make Long Haul Go Fast

Long haul flying is never fun, no matter what class you travel in, but in economy you really need something to help you get through and survive a 10-hour long-haul flight.

We have rounded up some of the best gadgets available this year for long haul flights. Some are electronic, some are wearable, but all are designed to help your long-haul flight go as comfortable and as quick as possible.

We have used all the gadgets below, or gadgets very similar and all are recommended based on our experiences and ratings. We will also explain the pros and cons on some of the gadgets below and links to where these gadgets can be found.

We travel many (many) hours every year. We’ve flown pretty much all UK airlines and in all classes. Hopefully the gadgets and experiences we share can help you enjoy your next long-haul flight.

We also know that gadgets can be expensive so where possible we’ll provide you a budget option and a more expensive high-end option.

(Please note some of the links below are affiliate links, so we may earn a small commission if you purchase any of these gadgets)

 

#1 Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones

Headphones are almost a necessity on long-haul flights these days. Whether you want to catch up on your own TV shows and films, binge watch a latest box set you have downloaded or simply want to zone out from your surroundings.

Tip: Bluetooth headphones can be a great option to avoid getting caught up in the headphone wires, especially if you have to keep moving to allow others from your seat aisle to move.

Budget Option

  • Torteco Wireless Bluetooth Earphone Buds
  • Details: Having used these on a plane, I would say they are a great budget option. These headphones look and feel the part. Great quality and design. Noise cancelling really only exists on the higher end options and the audio can be a little quiet, especially with the noise of the plane but a very good budget option
  • Current Price: Around £20
  • Check out the latest price and availability at Amazon.co.uk

High End Option

 

 

#2 iPad with Stand-Up Case and 64GB Memory

Many long-haul flight companies have great entertainment systems on board like Virgin Atlantic (by far our favourite!). That being said they may not have the next three seasons of the box set you’ve just started, and you’d love a way to be able to while away the flight hours engrossed in your new favourite show.

An iPad (or other tablet) can be such a great way make those flying hours – well, fly by!

Top Tips:

  • When looking for an iPad or other tablet it would be worth looking at a screen size of 8 to 10 inches. These are big enough to view but not too big to fit on your foldaway table.
  • Make sure any iPad or tablet you buy is compatible with your headphones or any new headphones you buy (like the Bluetooth noise cancelling headphones recommended in this list). Almost every good tablet today has Bluetooth connectivity.
  • If you want to download TV shows or any films you will need a big enough memory on your tablet to store them on, as WiFi on airplanes are still in their infancy and not suitable for media streaming. You will need at least 32GB but ideally 64GB would be better

 

Budget Option

  • Hauwei Mediapad T5 10.1 inch HD Tablet 64GB
  • Details: I have used this tablet on a flight and so can really recommend. The image quality is great. Make sure it is the HD version, as I originally bought the cheaper non-HD version and after watching my first film, I sent back the same day!
  • Current Price: around £160
  • Check out the latest price and availability at Amazon.co.uk

 

High End Option

 

 

#3 Kindle with backlight

On a plane there can sometimes be too much time watching films and TV. These are great distractions but even watching the full Lord of the Rings trilogy doesn’t get you through the longest of long-haul flights.

It can be a good idea to set an agenda and break up the journey with a good book. Books take up space. To save on some of the valuable space you could always take a Kindle. If you haven’t tried one, you really should. The latest Kindle’s often hold more books than you could read if your lifetime. Thousands and thousands – literally.

A Kindle is a great companion for those long-haul flights. The battery life will get you through a flight no problem (although check out our powerbank suggestion to keep all your gadgets topped up in-flight).

Tip: I would really recommend you choose a Kindle with a backlight. This is a game-changer. Many times, the light around wasn’t bright enough to see the screen of my old non-backlit Kindle screen. Not only will this be invaluable day to day, but it prevents the need for you to use the glaringly bright plane night light if you want to read after the cabin lights are dimmed!

Budget Option

  • Kindle
  • Details: You could try looking for a second-hand version. Just be mindful that buying second hand means you do not get a warranty in case it breaks, and you can’t guarantee it will work correctly. Only use if you can get a great deal
  • Current Price: around £40-£60
  • Check out availability on second-hand resellers such as eBay and Facebook Marketplace

 

High End Option

  • Kindle
  • Details: This is the brand-new option from the Amazon website direct giving you a 1 year warranty. This is the version I have used on a plane and works like a dream. Please note: if you see an option with ‘Special Offers’ it means Amazon will show ads on your Kindle. The version without ‘Special’ Offers’ is only costs £10 more and I would really recommend you go for the option ‘Without Special Offers’ to avoid the ads
  • Current Price: around £80
  • Check out the latest price and availability at Amazon.co.uk

 

 

#4 Kindle Unlimited Subscription

If you do decide to take our suggestion and opt for the Kindle as a companion for your next long-haul flight or holiday, you’ll need a way to fill it with books!

Amazon have a read-as-much-as-you-like offering called Kindle Unlimited. Meaning you can download and install as many books as you want on to your Kindle device.

The service costs £7.99 per month BUT through the link below you can get a FREE 30-Day Trial to try out the service. This is enough to cover anyone’s flight, and you can then decide after when to continue with your subscription or not.

 

 

#5 Power Bank

We’ve all been there. 36,000 feet and the power light starts flashing on your device, and you know your battery is going to let you down!

Some Upper Class and Premium Economy seats have in-built charging sockets to help keep your devices on charge, but unfortunately many Economy seats do not as of yet.

For this there is a wonderful solution. A power bank can give enough juice to power up your mobile phone four times throughout a flight, or keep topped up a laptop, Kindle, mobile phone, iPad and more.

There are rules around power bank uses on planes. These are after all considered a battery, which in some cases are prohibited on planes.

Can I take a power bank on to a plane?

You can currently take a power bank on to a plane as long as it does not exceed 100Wh (or 26,800mAh). This does not need the airlines approval to take on board. Your power bank must be in your hand luggage, you can not put your power bank in your main suitcase and into the hold.

For the latest information please visit the CAA current rules and regulations (see the Batteries (carried on as spares) Section

Budget Option

High End Option

 

 

Massaging Neck Pillow

Flying Economy is not always a comfortable experience especially if you are travelling through the night, or just needs to catch up on some sleep between destinations.

There are some tips and tricks to help become relaxed. Natural and herbal sleeping aids can help you nod off, but there are also some gadgets that can help relax you enough to be drifted through the night sky in slumber.

A massaging neck pillow can help take tension away from your shoulders and combined with a soothing eye mask (see the next gadget on the list). These great pillows have advanced through the years and can really help you to switch off!

Budget Option

High End Option

 

 

#6 Soothing Eye Mask

Not a gadget per se, but some of the latest eye masks not only add a cooling gel sensation but also provide a relaxing massage at the same time. This is great combined with a massaging neck pillow (see the last gadget option).

Budget Option

High End Option

 

 

#7 Google Play Pass Subscription

Last on the list, but at no means least, the Google Play Pass Subscription hasn’t really be well advertised by Google, so isn’t a common or well-known feature.

The concept is a monthly subscription to download some games and apps for free, without adverts and without in-app purchases. The number of games are limited and as such does not include really top titles such as Candy Crush, Clash of Clans etc… but the games and apps included is growing.

This means you can download a bunch of them for your next flight and while away the hours engrossed in a game or challenge app.

The Google Play Subscription costs £4.99 per month or £29.99 per year. More information about the Google Play Pass is available here

 

 

Best Gadgets for long-haul flights roundup

I hope this list has given you some great ideas to make your next flight be as comfortable, and go as quickly as possible.