7 Budget-Friendly Items to Keep You Entertained on a Long-Haul Flight

Traveling abroad can be daunting when you think about the length of flight times. Below are some great ways to pass the time while flying. If you have any other tips for entertainment during flights, let us know in the comments.

Chibi Animals Coloring Book

This is not your kid or grandkid's coloring book—unless they're super talented of course. This coloring book is very detailed, keeping anyone in love with coloring occupied during a long flight. Make sure to pick up a good pair of coloring pencils or markers.

Nap, Eat, Repeat

Invest in a nice travel pillow, so you can catch some Zs. If you plan your flight right, sleeping is one of the best ways to pass the time. You’re going to want to also bring some kind of remedy for jetlag if you’re like me and don't adjust well. One that seems to work well is 1Above. It’s a little pricey, but claims to reduce jetlag by over 50 percent.

Fire HD 8

Apple iPads are pretty expensive, so if you’re looking for a tablet to stay entertained while traveling that isn’t going to break the bank, go for a Fire HD 8. The tablet is listed for $80 on Amazon and is occasionally on sale. The tablet can do just about anything in the world of entertainment that an iPad can do, including hosting apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify. There's also a kid’s version that is only $20 more—it's even kid-proof to the point that Amazon will replace it if broken.

Duolingo App

Imagine arriving to your destination abroad as fluent as a local. That probably won’t happen, but with Duolingo you can at least pick up a few quick phrases. The app is free and offers dozens of languages, including French, Spanish, and Russian.

Artlicious Sketch Pad

Prefer to spend your long flight drawing your own pictures? Pick up a pack of sketch pads. These pads from Artlicious are great for quick doodles or your version of the Mona Lisa. You can get three in a pack for about $12.

Lonely Planet Phrasebook

Once again you probably won’t show up able to order every meal in the native tongue of where you’re visiting, but learning a few key phrases before your trip could come in handy. Lonely Planet offers phrasebooks in French, Spanish, Germany, and tons of other languages. Most of the books even come with a dictionary.

Play a Card Game

If you’re not shy or have a travel partner, play a card game. There are lots of games you can play in flight, like Rummy or War. Just make sure to keep the noise level down so you aren’t disturbing your neighbors.

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