A long flight can be both a curse and a blessing when it comes to getting things done.
The aircraft cabin noise that simply doesn't stop, with kids two rows ahead that won't go to sleep, the guy sitting next to you smells like he has been on a diet that required him to eat only onions and keeps looking at your monitor asking questions like: What are you working on? You’re a designer? I’m a designer too, I use Power Point. Can you use Power Point on MacBooks too? All of this while the guy sitting in front of you reclines his seat disintegrating your knees.
But on the bright side, with a couple of tricks and gadgets, a long flight can be a productivity sanctuary.
A place where to do the work that thrives on network disconnection. Like writing this article. Focusing on that assignment, clear up your email inbox and writing a few chapters of that book that you never have time to work on.
It’s all about isolating yourself from distractions.
And to do so I would like to share with you the list of my must-have travel accessories for in-flight enhanced productivity.
Have you ever experienced an 8 hour flight during the night after a 12 hour shift?
The aircraft cabin noise that simply doesn't stop, with kids two rows ahead that won't go to sleep, and occasional announcements that interrupt your sleep sinergically create a wall of stress that can’t be destroyed.
You need do yourself a favour: Buy a pair of noise-canceling headphones. I was skeptical at first but now I can’t live without them.
The Bose's QuietComfort 25 over-ear headphones feature excellent noise isolation and a sculpted, powerful audio performance and comes with a neat carrying bag and an airplane plug adapter to enjoy your in-flight entertainment. They are great even with no audio since they suck all of the noise from the cabin. If little children start screaming, just launch some soothing sound from your iPhone and you’re done.
This little wonder allows you to both charge your devices during long flights, both it’s able to stream two separate HD movies and some MP3s simultaneously on a flight. Plus, once landed and in the hotel it serves as a great wi-fi router replacing the usually-not-so-good Hotel connection.
Tired of having people give quick glances at your work? Raise questions about stuff that is none of their business? A handy Screen privacy filter is all you need. You can even buy one for your tablet if you, like me, prefer using your iPad to get stuff done during flights.
This little wonder is a USB 3.0 portable hard drive with an embedded Wi-Fi network and a battery. Besides working as a regular USB hard drive it can also become a wireless media server. Excellent to wirelessly stream content to mobile clients, such as tablets or smartphones.
A surgeon mask
Even if it’s the universal symbol for flu, this precious object is an armor. Besides protecting you from bacteria and other horrors lurking in the air aboard airplanes it create a healthy microclimate for your nose and mouth. Quick tip: bring always two masks. When the woman sitting next to you will ask if you’re sick just hand a mask over to her. She will thank you later when the guy sitting next to her will start sweating garlic from his armpits.
This infamous device should be used carefully. A man got kicked off a Flight for using it. When attached to the seat in front of you it will prevent it to be reclined giving you more space and making sure that your laptop or glass of water doesn’t get catapulted on your face.
So even if you’ll look like an idiot with your noise-isolating earphones and a white mask, this simple setup will enhance your in-flight experience. Working with no distraction is almost a stress relieving activity. You’ll get things done in no time and you’ll even have time for a great power-nap.
And what about you? Do you have any travel accessories that you simply can’t live without?