When you live in a country as big as Australia even traveling around the country can involve long hours on an aeroplane.
From Brisbane to Melbourne takes about 2 hours and
Brisbane to Perth takes 6 hours.
So contemplating a trip to Europe or the UK means facing up to a looooong time on an aeroplane.
Seven + hours to Singapore
Three hours at Singapore airport
Then another thirteen hours till your final destination.
That's about 24 hours ! traveling time.
These two items are my traveling lifesavers.
My neck collar.
Notice it's a bit flatish instead of the usual rounded shape.
There's no way that I can use a brand new, fully puffed up one of these, my neck's just not long enough.
This is my trusty squashed-at-home one.
I learnt the first time I tried to use it that it needed squishing down a bit before it would be comfortable and I worked on it at home until it was comfortable to sit in a chair with it propping up my head.
Now it's perfect !
This fantastic gadget is a set of noise cancelling earplugs.
It has a two pronged jack that goes into the arm of your seat for listening to movies or music
or a single jack that goes into an ipod for music or a talking book.
Inside the main part that is about the size of a biro there is a AAA battery and when it's switched on it shuts out about 85% of outside noise.
That means that awful, ever present sound of the plane's engine almost disappears while you watch a movie or listen to music and while away the long hours sitting in your seat.
It also helps to block out the noise of crying babies if you have the bad luck to have them near you on your flight.
You might even get a few hour's sleep and arrive at your destination ready for adventure!