Don’t let the sinking feeling of discomfort over flying economy ruin the excitement for your next trip. The following list of easy-to-follow and sensible tips will make any long haul flight feel like you’ve been upgraded.
One) Think About What You’re Wearing
Before you board a long haul flight, put some effort into piecing together an outfit that makes you feel both comfortable and confident. Long flights can make you feel lethargic and uneasy, which is why a favorite shirt can help you feel considerably better in dimly lit airport bathroom mirrors. Dark material is great for hiding wrinkles and elastic is much easier to take a nap in than belt buckles.
Two) Invest in a Good Travel Pillow
A decent pillow is an absolute must-have for any traveler. It’s one item that will make your travel experience disproportionately better. It helps you to fall asleep quicker, easier and experience more intensive rest. It will give you that little edge of comfort that makes the difference between the best and worst kinds of travel experiences.
Three) Travel Light
Resist the urge to pack more than absolute necessities in your carry-on luggage. Being on an airplane for hours at a time can wreak havoc on your shoulder and back muscles. Try to minimize the strain by eliminating the pressure of carrying heavy bags between airport gates. Essential products such as a toothbrush, moisturizer and cleansing wipes can help you feel comfortable while books and gifts can be cumbersome. If you’re not at least 85% sure that you’ll need a specific item during your flight, consider putting it in your checked luggage.
Four) Find an Emergency Exit Seat
When you check in, request to be put in an emergency exit seat. There are usually more than one of these rows on any given aircraft and they provide more leg room than standard seats. Airlines will keep these rows available for as long as possible to accommodate larger passengers. A friendly smile can go a long way with a request like this. If you’ve checked in online, wait until the airplane has completely boarded to see if there are any open seats available. Passengers can request to move between vacant seats once boarding has closed.
Five) Try to Sleep as Much as You Can
When you’re too excited to get where you’re going, it’s easy to forget how important it is to try and rest. If you’re using the in-flight entertainment, turn down the brightness to adjust your eyes until you’re ready to sleep. It’s a good idea to bring a dark and relaxing eye mask and use sturdy, noise canceling earplugs. Using a blanket can provide you with a familiar sense of comfort. Remember to buckle your seat belt over the blanket to avoid being woken up by a flight attendant during turbulence.
Follow these easy guidelines to make sure you’re relaxed from the moment you hit the airport. Everyone deserves a decent holiday every now and then, don’t waste a second of yours.