I recently experienced one of the most awful travel nightmares out there; I got stuck in the middle seat on a delayed airplane for over 5 hours. It was just a perfect storm of everything that could go wrong — I had paid $50 to switch to the earlier flight so I could see my husband for dinner, but the plane got delayed due to bad weather in Boston once we boarded. I was starving, and we sat on that plane for 4 hours before we started to make our way to the runway. I wish I was kidding when I said we then had to turn around for a broken generator.
That day I was supposed to be home at 7:00pm and I had dreams of going to buck-a-shuck at Brine for dinner, but I didn’t make it home until after 2:00 am! And it was a work night! The trip was so awful that I have vowed never to leave the house on a business trip, whether a 1 hour flight or 10 hour flight, without the following important travel items:
External iPhone Battery
My phones were both super low on battery as I had been using them at work all day, and then was trying to check flight statuses and entertain myself while stuck on the plane. It would have been really great to have an external battery to help extend the power in my iPhones!
This sounds silly, but I am never traveling without at least a granola bar and pack of dried apricots ever again! When I got on the plane I was just expecting a 2 hr trip up to Boston! When I landed I’d be going out to dinner with my husband, so I figured the pretzels they hand out would tide me over until dinner. Turns out I had to wait over 5 hours just to purchase one of those on-board snack boxes. Never, ever again!
By the time we took off I was so tired. I normally only bring my neck pillow on trans-Atlantic or trans-continental flights, but I am seriously considering bringing it on any and all flights! It might have been nice to take a nap during those 5 hours of waiting.
I had some standard iPhone earbuds, but with everyone complaining about the delays, it would have been so nice to just tune them all out. I didn’t want to get sucked into listening to their negative energy.
I am not worried about Ebola, but I am most certainly worried about the cold and flu. In hindsight, I really would have liked some kind of anti-bacterial wipe for my seat, arm rests, hands, etc. I’ll definitely be bumping up my Vitamin C intake this week to compensate.
You’ll be sure to find these items in my carry-on next trip, whether for business or pleasure. But first maybe I will just hope I don’t get stuck on any more delayed planes!
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