Flying is the best way to travel, especially if you have a long way to go, because it’s the fastest way to get there. Unfortunately, unless you have a large pocketbook, it definitely isn’t the most comfortable.
Just because you’re flying in economy doesn’t mean you deserve to be miserable throughout the duration of your flight! Follow these four tips, and you can make your next flight more comfortable.
Throwing all your belongings into a bag at the last minute is a bad idea for many reasons. It will leave you worrying about what you remembered to bring, and what you forgot as soon as you make it to your seat.
Make a list and check everything off one at a time when you’re packing. You should also leave your cash at home so it can’t get lost or become misplaced. You can use an ATM or have someone send you money when you get to your destination.
This method also ensures you know where you packed everything. That way, when you’re on the plane, you aren’t left scrambling through your carry-on, only to discover you accidentally packed your book inside your check-in bag.
Pay Attention to What You’re Wearing
What you’re wearing will have a huge effect on your comfort when you’re on the plane. Wardrobe tips include:
- Wearing shoes that can be slipped on and off easily
- Wearing Pants with an adjustable waistband
- Wearing a loose-fitting shirt or dress
- Choosing clothing with plenty of pockets
It’s also important to bring layers with you on the airplane. Not only will it free up room in your bags, it will also ensure you don’t get too hot waiting for the plane to take off or too cold if you’re stuck next to someone who has the air on full blast.
Arm Yourself to Tune Out
Sitting on a plane can get very boring. It can be frustrating too, if you’re dealing with a crying child or an arguing couple. Make sure you bring everything you need to tune out.
Depending on your preferences, that might include ear plugs, headphones, electronic devices, books, and magazines. If you’re traveling with children, make sure there’s plenty to entertain them too.
Prepare to Sleep, but Don’t Expect to Doze Off
Sleeping on the plane can really make the time fly by, not to mention, it can ensure you’re well-rested when you land. That’s why it’s a good idea to bring a high-quality travel pillow, a blanket, and an eye mask.
That doesn’t mean you should expect to sleep while you’re on the plane. Don’t deprive yourself of sleep the night before your flight thinking it will help you pass out once you board. Chances are, you won’t be able to fall asleep, which will leave you even more cranky when you land.
Your plane ride is going to be a little bit uncomfortable, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do to relax! With these tips, you’ll find that your airplane seat doesn’t have to be the impossibly uncomfortable place you thought it would be.