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9 Ways to Make Your Thanksgiving Flight Home Feel Like First Class

...even if you’re stuck in a non-reclining middle seat in coach.

By Katherine Kluznik
Travel Hacks: Travel Friendly Beauty Must-Haves

Even if you’re stuck in a non-reclining middle in coach for your flight home, there’s a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Yes, family, friends, and food top the list — but after a 3+ hour flight, we bet you’ll also be grateful for the following nine items that just made your trip feel a whole lot less stressful, and possibly even a little luxurious.

Calpak Ambeur Luggage Set

You could drag along that same basic black wheely bag that’s been your travel companion for the past six Thanksgivings, or you could come up with a few very reasonable reasons for why this duo is a necessary upgrade: 1) The matching 2-bag set is super-sturdy yet lightweight, weighing in at just 7- and 10-pounds respectively. 2) Its modern design is based on a classic steamer trunk, with little zip-away compartments that keep everything perfectly organized and sorted. 3) It comes in rose gold (a.k.a. the best gold), meaning you will be stopped by fellow passengers a minimum of three times and asked where you found those gorgeous bags.

Echo Milk Ruana Wrap

The most dashing way to run from jetway to jetway also happens to be the coziest. Swaddle up in this wrap as you board and it’ll keep you toasty until you’re flagging down your parents at passenger pick-up.

Farmacy Honey Potion Mask

Slather on Farmacy’s honey-powered mask just before check in. The tingly concoction is invisible enough to wear on its own without looking greased up, and the intensely hydrating formula will keep skin moisturized right through the one and a half rom-coms you’ll be able to pack in before landing.

Patricia Green Slippers

Slip out of your heels and into comfy slippers after you’ve taken your seat. One bonus to this pair (aside from their obvious adorability): They come with sturdy bottoms just like regular shoes, which means you can wear them to the cabin bathroom without risking contamination.

Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones

Bringing your own headphones is an excellent way of avoiding the very chatty stranger next to you while also catching up on that episode of Dirty John in your podcast queue. No cords to get tangled with this pair, and 40 hours of battery life will take you all the way through your return flight home on a single charge.

Apple 12-inch MacBook in Rose Gold

This little laptop weighs just two pounds — two pounds! — meaning it won’t drag you down as you tote it home for the holiday. It also has a super-slim profile that somehow still manages to feel full-sized. Plus, it matches your rose gold suitcase, and in our opinion, that’s reason enough to make it your own.

Eve Lom Kiss Mix Color Balm

Lip balm is an obvious essential for a flight, but this one has a flush of color that makes you look fresh and bright when you land, no matter how exhausted the holiday already has you feeling.

Sofia Mini Blanc de Blanc Wine Singles

I know, I know, you’d so much rather be flying first class, with those extra-wide seats, edible food, and free champagne. We can’t help you on the seat front, but we do have you covered as far as the travel-friendly pre-flight beverage that'll make boarding the plane just a bit more bearable. Make a picnic of your journey by packing manchego cheese, rosemary crackers and a mini can of effervescent wine that comes with its own tiny straw attached.

Maison Maxx Kitty Sleep Mask

Now feel free to shut your eyes and snooze as best you can by blocking out the cabin light, dreaming that you’re already home for Thanksgiving and nestled snugly in your childhood bed.

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