Even frequent flyers and veteran travelers occasionally forget to stock up on supplies before a flight and need to run to the closest drugstore. Luckily, these days bigger drugstores are a traveler's dream, stocked with airplane-ready versions of all the essentials.
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So run out and grab a neck pillow, a tiny tube of toothpaste, and many of the carry-on necessities you’ll need to make your flight as painless as possible.
Here are some of the best travel essentials you can buy at a drugstore:
2. Anti-bacterial Wipes or Spray
The dark side of airplane travel is that planes have a lot of germs. Tray tables alone have a bacteria population of 2,155 per square inch. Grab some anti-bacterial wipes at the drugstore and before you settle into your seat give the tray table, arm rests, screen, and seat belt a good wipe-down.
Our pick: X3 Foaming Hand Sanitizer
To buy: walgreens.com, $4
3. Emergen-C or Airborne
If you’re worried about catching a cold on the plane and ruining your vacation with the sniffles and a sore throat, stock up on Emergen-C packets or Airborne tablets before your flight. The heavy dose of vitamins and minerals may help bolster your defenses, and save your vacation.
Our pick: Emergen-C Fizzy Drink Mix
To buy: walgreens.com, $13
4. Pain Reliever
You may feel great on the ground, but dry air and high altitude can be a headache-inducing combination. Come prepared with a bottle of the pain reliever of your choice.
Our pick: Advil Pain Reliever
To buy: walgreens.com, $21
5. Travel-Sized Toiletries
If you didn’t have time to empty your favorite shampoo, conditioner, and toothpaste into those three-ounce TSA-approved containers, drugstores usually have several options to choose from. Grab a few different varieties and maybe you’ll find a new favorite.
Our picks: 7-piece Travel Bottle Pack
To buy: walgreens.com, $5
Do not be the person on the plane with bare feet. Instead, pack a pair of socks to wear while you relax. For added comfort, look for socks infused with aloe. Just be sure to slip on shoes before hitting the bathroom or risk coming back with mysteriously damp socks.
Our pick: Moisturizing Socks
To buy: walgreens.com, $6
7. Colgate Wisps
Since the water in airplane bathrooms is not fit for consumption, brushing your teeth on the plane is not usually an option. Luckily, these mini-brushes make freshening up on the plane a breeze with no water needed.
To buy: walgreens.com, $7
8. Facial Cleansing Cloths
After a long night on a plane, next to a nap, nothing sounds better than washing your face. Thanks to the advent of facial cleansing cloths, it’s now possible to at least cleanse your face and start the day fresh.
Our pick: Yes to Coconut Cleansing Wipes
To buy: walgreens.com, $4