Are you afraid of flying? Does the thought of taking off cause you to hyperventilate? You’re not alone. About 6.5% of Americans also suffer from aviophobia. But fear not! There are plenty of items out there that will help you relax for your flight.

10 Items to Help you Relax Before a Flight

Here are 10 things that are sure to ease your mind before you take off on your next vacation.

Lavender Oil

It’s no coincidence that lavender is found in a lot of sleep aids and diffused in spas across the world. This oil from Handcraft Blends comes with a little roll on bottle so you can fill it up, put it in your liquids baggie, and dab some on your wrists or temples as you wait to board. Even just opening the top and inhaling the scents will relax you.

Amazon User Review: "The value here is almost too good to be true, but I can assure you that you get exactly what they advertise. As an added bonus a portion of the proceeds from each sale goes to the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital efforts and beating pediatric cancer."

Price: $16.95 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4.5

Diffuser Bracelet

bracelet scent diffuser

No matter what essential oil you choose for relaxation, one of these bracelets will come in handy. Put a drop or two of your favorite scent on the lava beads, and you’ll smell it before, during, and after your trip!

Amazon User Review: "I purchased this bracelet because I only recently began using essential oils to aid in my stress levels and I wanted a cost-friendly bracelet to help diffusion throughout the day - this bracelet was perfect in doing that."

Price: Starting at $5.99 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4.5

Eye Pillow

eye mask

Sometimes, to relax, you just need to lie back and zone out. An eye pillow like this one from Asutra not only will block out the jarring lights of the airport, but smells like lavender, which will only add to the calming effect. Available in 4 colors.

Amazon User Review: "Oh my word, it changed my life my quality of sleep! I put these bad boys on and I’m out!"

Price: Starting at $18.99 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4.5

Rescue Remedy

An 80 year old remedy that has withheld the test of time. I’ve mentioned Rescue Remedy before, and I will continue to mention it, because it works that well! Put a few drops of this under your tongue or in a glass of water, and you’ll find yourself in a state of calmness. Available in 4 sizes.

Amazon User Review: "So I'm back from my trip, and I can't begin to tell you how much this stuff helped me. My husband and I had planned for me to take 2mg of Xanax, carefully spread out over a certain amount of time. I ended up only taking .5mg and a dropper full of this stuff, and I had absolutely no fear! ... I'm just in awe of how well this works. I plan to use it to help me get weaned off Xanax for good!"

Price: Starting at $6.65 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4.5

Guided Meditations

Sometimes all it takes is a soothing voice in our ear to keep us calm. Download these guided meditations, and you may soon forget you are at the airport or on the plane! If you’re not a fan of guided meditations, you can also try relaxing music to ease your mind.

Amazon User Review: "I used this guided meditation during my two 7 hour over the ocean flights, plus my two 4 hours flights and I can confidently say that this is wonderful , useful and very very calming mediation that help me reduce my fear and anxiety."

Price: Starting at $8.99 on Amazon; Free with Prime Membership

Average Star Rating: 4.5

Vibrating, Massaging Neck Pillow

neck pillow

Take the travel pillow to the next level with this vibrating, massaging neck pillow. The soothing vibrations will ease any tension from anxiety away. Battery operated, and will fold up nicely to keep in your carry-on. You’ll just have to sit back and let the pillow do the work!

Amazon User Review: "This item is very helpful in moderating my neck pain. This is one of the best purchases I have ever made."

Price: $17.88 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 3

CalmiGo Calming Device

CalmiGo is perfect to bring along on a trip. The anxiety-busting device provides relief, and no drugs are needed to achieve the quick results. Breathe into the device to reduce stress in under three minutes.

Amazon User Review: "I have been using it for about six weeks now on a daily basis, and for someone like me who suffers from anxiety on an ongoing daily basis, I really needed a solution that doesn't include drugging myself nonstop. Other than calming me during my frequent anxious moments, after using it regularly I just feel much better and less stressed and anxious overall."

Price: $179 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4

Stress Relief Ball

stress ball

There’s a reason these have been around forever: they work! Stress relief balls are not just for when you’re at your desk and are having a crazy work day. Throw one of these into your bag, and while you’re anxiously awaiting at the airport, take it out to distract yourself. By the time you have to board, you’ll be set. With every squeeze you improve focus, increase strength, and soothe the mind. Plus, you get a free de-stressing coloring book download when you purchase one! Available in 6 colors.

Amazon User Review: "It looks good, no offensive smell and it's squishy."

Price: $9.99 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4.5

Watch Your Favorite Show or Movie on an Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet

amazon fire

Tablets have a bevy of uses, but the one that you could benefit from the most is the ability to watch something mindlessly while you travel. Before you head out, use the Amazon Fire Tablet to download your favorite movie, or several episodes of your favorite TV show. Whether it’s something you’ve seen a million times that relaxes you, or a comedy that makes you laugh- it will help your blood pressure go down no matter what. You’ll get access to hundreds of free shows and movies with a Prime subscription. Available in 3 colors.

Amazon User Review: "The tablet is awesome! it is really fast and it is really smooth."

Price: $99.99 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4.5

Download Valk

Called “The Fear of Flying” app, when you download this onto your phone, it will be like having your own personal coach on board with you. You can start weeks before you travel, it gives you information about your flight, facts, and relaxation techniques. There are sections for each part of your trip: before departure, during takeoff, and also  for when there is turbulence. It even has a panic button for the times when you get extremely afraid, and it will help calm you down.

Price: $3.99 on iTunes

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