Aeroplane over coast

9 Things to Take on your next long haul (or short!) expedition flight

1. Noise Canceling Headphones

Airplanes are loud. Good noise cancelling headphones can cut the engine noise down significantly, making the whole flight a lot more relaxing. They won’t help with the crying baby, or talkative neighbors, nor are all noise-cancelling headphones the same.

If you don’t want to invest in some NC headphones (the cheap ones are rarely worth it), some earplugs are certainly a cheap alternative. Not quite as good, and not nearly as comfortable as the QC20s, they’ll at least dim the din.

 

2 . USB Cable

Many new planes have USB plugs at every seat. They won’t recharge your phone/tablet very quickly, but they should keep it from running low. A cable long enough for you to still use your phone comfortably, or store the phone in the seat pocket, is ideal.

 

3. USB battery pack

I’m pretty sure I recommend these in every article. They’re an external battery to recharge your various mobile devices. Never run out of juice again. An easy add if you plan on watching movies on your tablet for the whole flight.

 

4 . Camera (or your phone)

I’ve seen many people, those who don’t use their phone for entertainment on a flight, store their phones in the overhead bins. Big mistake, especially if you’re in the window seat.

If you’re on the aisle, well, maybe this is more optional.

 

5. An extra layer

Airplanes can get cold, especially at night. I’ve seen people fly in shorts, and I just don’t get that. Some long flights will give you a hankie they optimistically call a “blanket” but others don’t.

It’s worth noting that being on the window, unless the sun is on that side, is likely colder than the aisle. If you’re in an exit row, that window is almost always a LOT colder.

 

6. Travel Pillow (optional)

If they give you a blanket, they’ll probably give you a flat synthetic cotton ball claiming to be a pillow. I know some people who swear by that neck half-donut, but I can’t get comfortable with them.

 

7. Eyemask (optional)

This is one I know other people like, but I don’t use. Honestly, they freak me out a bit. I don’t like waking up, opening my eyes, and not being able to see. But that’s just me. Most long-haul flights will require the window shades to be pulled down (or an a 787, automatically dimmed), but the cabin lights will still be on (a little) so people can see as they get up to pee.

 

8. Pen

Most countries require you to fill out a short (and sometimes, not so short) form with some basic info. Flight attendants almost never have spare pens, and even if they do, they probably won’t give them to you (they need them!). Most, but not all, airports will have a place after you arrive where you can fill out this form. But often these won’t have pens either.

It’s just easier to have a pen with you (blue or black ink only). Who knows, maybe you’ll make new friends with your seatmates as everyone asks to borrow your beloved ballpoint.

 

9. Address where you’re staying

Again, most forms require you to list where you’re staying, including the address. Some countries are stricter about this than others. “Is this where you’ll be staying for your whole trip?” is a common question. Generally you only need that first place you’re staying, but you might get asked about others. My guess is they just want to make sure you have an answer.

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Rachel has been with Rock and Rapid for over a year now. She was originally on reception but is now in the office doing all of the marketing and admin.

Rachel is in charge of making sure your First Impression of Rock and Rapid Adventures is the best it could possibly be.  After finishing her A-Levels last year she is excited to start her career here at Rock and Rapid Adventures. 

Rachel loves travelling around, seeing different places and having new experiences. She is an active person and doesn't like doing nothing! 

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Ollie started working with Rock and Rapid in 2009, and after a short break from the Industry for a few years, we're extremely happy to say he's back!

Ollie is primarily our Centre Manager so deals with the day to day running of the Centre and all that goes on around here. He also runs Climbing sessions, Kids Club, Coasteering and works on the residentials.

In his spare time, Ollie enjoys being outside as much as possible and being down at the beach.

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Josh started off at Rock and Rapid as a Work Experience student whilst he was studying Outdoor Education Level 3 BTEC at college, and as he got on so well he was then offered more of a permanent role. You will find Josh running climbing and coasteering sessions and residentials, always with a smile on his face!

When he's not working, Josh will always be outdoors, either on a Climbing trip or Mountain Biking! Some of Josh's favourite places to Climb in Devon are Dewerstone or Hound Tor on Dartmoor.

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