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The 10 best in-flight essentials

Whether your haul is short or long, these handy aircraft accessories will make sure your holiday gets off to a flying start

1. (Malin+Goetz) Essentials

The M+G essentials kit is the friend everyone wants to be travelling with. It comes with face cleanser, moisturisers for face and body, shampoo, body wash and conditioner – all of which are small.

£20, uk.spacenk.com

2. Go Travel Earplugs 430

Get your head down even if you are surrounded by screaming kids with these hygienic, reusable earplugs. They come with four different size adjusters for an extra-snug fit and better noise reduction – in fact, you’ll hardly notice they’re there.

£8.99, boots.com

3. The JetRest Travel Blanket

Banish those all-too-familiar mid-air chills with this voluminous, fleecy blanket. It comes in a choice of five colours and covers a 3m x 3m square. Should you wish, you can also have it personalised for free.

From £9.95, thejetrest.com

4. Kindle e-Reader

Why take one book when you could take 1,400? The latest Kindle e-reader will not only help to fight in-air boredom but will easily fit in your bag: it’s less than 1cm thick and weighs a mere 170g. It boasts an impressive battery life of 15 hours and runs nearly as many comics as it does novels.

£69, amazon.co.uk

5. Inflatable J-Pillow

Invented by flight attendant Gemma Jensen, and the winner of the British Consumer Invention of the Year 2012, this comfy pillow can be used in five different ways. It provides support for the neck and chin, as well as cushioning for the side and back of the head.

£19.95, jpillow.com

6. AKG K 490 NC Headphones

Bring an oasis of silence on board with you with these impressive noise-cancelling headphones. Not only can you look forward to forgetting the sound of snoring passengers, you’ll find exceptional sound quality for music and films. Plus the lightweight design means a comfortable fit.

£199.99, uk.akg.com

7. Scholl Flight Socks

These cotton-feel stockings provide the veins in your leg with extra support to keep blood moving and avoid the risk of deep-vein thrombosis on longer flights. They’re also good at helping to prevent unsightly swollen ankles – a nightmare at the pool.

£13.27, scholl.com

8. Carex Wipes Refreshing Travel

Air travel can leave even the best of us feeling groggy and dirty, so freshen up with these pocket-sized cleansing wipes. Gentle enough to use on hands, body and face, they’ll leave your skin feeling clean and refreshed – they’re even sensitive enough for children.

£1.20, superdrug.com

9. Hydratank Clear Water Bottle

Taking bottles of water through airport security is a massive no-no, but you can take a clear, empty bottle with you, which you can fill up for free on the other side. Try this 600ml bottle.

£3.50, jejamescycles.co.uk

10. Antler Business 100 Landscape Mobile Office

With enough padded pockets and compartments to satisfy even the heaviest packers, this carry-on case transforms from case to full office in a trice. It has a combination lock and durable exterior, too, meaning you can be sure your stuff is in safe hands. Also comes with a removable clear plastic bag to store all your liquids in.

£139, antler.co.uk