Some type of coffee powder: While I may not be a huge fan of black coffee, I am undoubtedly a fan of caffeine on red-eye flights (which I take quite frequently). I have found that hot water is easily accessible in airports and on planes, so I always carry a cappuccino-type mix around with me to give me energy to get off the plane and safely to my destination.
Emergency travel bag: For me, it is nothing short of a Ziploc bag full of any essentials I may need throughout the flight on my trip. Inside will always be Vaseline (which has normal uses to substituting as lip balm to more obscure uses such as protecting cuts on my skin), hand lotion, bobby pins (more for post-airplane hair which can be a distasteful sight), and a mini deodorant.
Notebooks: I used to be a reader on a plane, but I discovered too many thoughts running through my head throughout flights and I decided to take up writing instead. My Moleskin notebook is always with me on the plane and many of my best ideas and work come from thoughts I conjure up on a flight. I also keep a pocket-sized Norwegian dictionary with me in the rare event that I want to study the language on the plane.
iPod and iPad: iPod to block out children on flights and the iPad to watch reruns of TV shows I have downloaded while in hotels or on planes.
Passport: My lifeline must go everywhere with me these days. As a resident of Europe, but a citizen of the United States, there are no more "domestic" flights for me and my passport is my door to the rest of the world!
About the Author: Megan is an American living in Bergen, Norway. She's "no rookie to traveling" and cites cabin fever as a huge motivator for her to get and see the world. You can catch more of her adventures on her blog suitecaseandstilettos.com, or over on Twitter @mstarr1188.
[Photo: Megan Starr]