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The Best Earplugs to Actually Get Some Shut-Eye

The Best Earplugs to Actually Get Some Shut-Eye

Flying can be a real drag. It’s uncomfortable, there’s always a baby crying somewhere, and the food is almost never good. We’re always on the hunt for ways to make flying a less traumatic experience, and this week, we’re coming back with something so obvious and basic that we can’t believe we’ve never thought of them until now—earplugs. A good set of earplugs will revolutionize your flight experience, especially if you’re like us and can’t sleep with the sound of Boeing’s high speed goose killer in your ear every time you take off.

EarPlans eP2 Reusable Earplugs

As if you couldn’t tell from its clever name, EarPlanes eP2 Reusable Earplugs have been engineered specifically for air travel. These extra soft reusable earplugs regulate in-cabin air pressure to make sure your takeoff and touch-down are comfortable as possible, while also reducing the annoying noise pollution typical of air travel. They were even tested by real U.S. Navy pilots to ensure they work the way they’re supposed to—and passed with flying colors. $12

Mack’s Ear Care Ultra Soft Foam Earplugs, 50 Pair

Mack’s are classic staples for everyone from long distance travelers to studio musicians and concertgoers. Aside from their exceptional affordability, they also do their job well. There are no frills, fancy straps, or convenient carrying cases here, but there is quality and value. If you travel often—especially with business partners, children, friends, or in groups—these are ideal to keep in your carry-on. $9

AMAZKER Anti-Noise Earplugs

These are some of the most highly rated earplugs on the market, and for good reason. Not only do they have outstanding noise cancelling ability at 35dB, but they’re also made from environmentally friendly non-toxic PU foam, and their S-shape and 45-second slow rebound ensure a perfect, comfortable fit with every use. They’re a little more expensive than Mack’s, but they also come with an awesome and durable keychain carry case that makes storage a breeze. $20

Decibullz Custom Molded Earplugs

At 26 bucks a pair, the Decibullz earplugs aren’t the cheapest on the market. They are, however, one of the best quality earplugs we’ve ever seen. They’re rated to 31dB noise reduction, and are custom heat-molded for premium comfort and support—perfect for longer travel. Whether you’re trying to block out the screaming baby next to you while looking over some vital business materials, or just trying to ensure you get the shuteye you deserve, these are one of the most comfortable options out there. $26

SureFire EP10 Sonic Defenders Ultra Max

Gaudy title aside, the SureFire EP10 Sonic Defender Ultra Max’s are some of our favorite earplugs. They fit comfortably and snugly in your ear, and feature memory-foam Comply Canal Tips, which means you can wear them all day and night without discomfort. They’re rated to protect against both continuous (loud plane engines) and impulse (explosions) noises, which means they’re more than enough to withstand whatever you’ll encounter on your packed flight from San Francisco to Beijing. $17

Adept Sound Ear Plugs

Earplugs don’t have to be uncomfortable, and the folks from Adept Sound knew that when they were designing their noise cancelling earplugs. Made from hypoallergenic silicone, these reusable earplugs can go literally anywhere from the concert hall to the open skies, and they’re engineered specifically for long-term use without causing the discomfort we’re all nervous about. $17

SoundBarren Ear Plugs

The earplugs from SoundBarren are one of the most consistently comfortable plugs on the market, and their incredible sound reduction quality has been certified with a rating of 28dB. They’re discreet and constructed with soft hypoallergenic silicone, and feature a flanged design for optimal noise reduction and comfortable fit. They also come with a carrying case that makes packing them away in your travel bag easy as remembering deodorant, as well as a special lanyard that makes carrying them around your neck a comfortable, hassle-free experience. $20

Eargasm High Fidelity Earplugs

Eargasm probably isn’t the best name we could think of for a set of earplugs, and for 29 bucks, you’re definitely paying a premium. But you’re getting some pretty fancy upgrades for your money. These high fidelity plugs are engineered not just to reduce noise (up to 16dB), but also to allow you to maintain sound integrity while you do it. You’ll be able to hear things (like music, movie audio, etc.) but without any of the ambient overhead air vents, engine drones, noisy couple realizing they forgot socks etc. If you want to be present during your flight but not to excess, these are the plugs to purchase. $29