Flying isn’t the most comfortable mode of transportation, unless you’re in first class then you’re a lucky duck and I’m jealous, but for most of us we’ve got good old economy to lead our way to adventure.
Having taken long haul flights like Hong Kong to Vancouver which was 12 and a half hour trip or short haul flights like Victoria to Vancouver which was literally 20 mins, I’ve gotten a pretty good grasp of what makes a comfortable flight. So with that in mind..
Here are my 8 tips to make your flight more comfortable!
Noise cancelling headphones – nothing’s worse than trying to focus and relax when you have the chimer (is that a word?) of the plane bothering you. Use these to block out any unwanted noise and get yourself into the “travel zone.”
Face mask – This was the first year I started using face masks because being from the country there was no city light to pollute my sky but when I moved into the city and had this blinding light at all hours of the day shinning through my bedroom that’s when I discovered the face mask. Since then I have been using the face mask through out my travels to get rid of all wanted light. Just make sure the face mask is comfortable or else it will be counter productive.
Window seat – I used to be an aisle person but then after beginning to fly regularly and having nowhere to lay my head on did I suck it up and book a window seat. Which turned out to be amazing. I can curl up by the window and dip my feet in the magazine holder and get comfy. One of the perks of being 5’5 (5’4 and 3/4″s..)
Hydrate – probably the most important thing for being comfortable on a plane. Airplanes dry out your skin and leave your skin feeling dried and dull as well as the rest of your body. To help combat this drink plenty of water as this will keep your body working properly and help with jet lag and headaches.
Snacks – airplane food is fatty and questionable and being a vegetarian I almost always wind up with a dried out Indian food or something along the lines of rice and pieces of veggies. I’ll never forget being on a flight to Australia and while everyone was getting pancakes and waffles for breakfast I got beans and some sort of starch. Why weren’t the pancakes a vegetarian option?! So to help with intestinal discomfort of eating heavy food on airplanes I’ll just bring my own. Veggies and hummus, fruits and greek yogurt, protein bars and mixed nuts.
Book a seat near the wing – It will help with turbulence which will help you relax and rest (read more about being a nervous flyer here)
Comfortable clothes – while it’s glamorous to dress up for airplanes it’s also amazing to just be in your pjs for the entire flight and get comfy. So why not both? Nowadays it’s fashionable to wear baggy pants that tighten around the ankles with loose fitting tops!
Move around – am I the only one whose never actually moved around on the airplane? I’ve never gotten up while being on a plane. My first time ever was when I really needed to go to the bathroom on a plane which I had never done before. I had almost prided myself on it but alas, the day had come when Aaron almost harassed me out of the seat to visit the loo..
What are your tips for a more comfortable flight? Anything you need to have on the plane with you? Share in the comments down below!
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