Getting comfortable on an airplane can be a challenge, especially during long flights. Although the dropping costs of airfare and the rise of budget airlines have made flying much more accessible, it’s also created a few major drawbacks that can make your flight an unpleasant one. Sadly, shrinking airplane seats and cramped leg room have become the norm as airline companies attempt to stuff as many passengers as they can into a small space.
Here is how to get more comfortable on a plane.
1. Wear comfortable clothing
Clothing can influence the way you feel. Take advantage of this by dressing for comfort. Avoid belts, ties or big buttons, anything that can pinch, poke or constrict when you choose your wheels up ensemble. Instead, choose comfy fabrics that stretch. You don’t have to look sloppy.
2. Store your belongings overhead
People tend to be leery of checking luggage, but it can make your flight easier. While it’s more convenient to keep your belongings close during flights. Keep your onboard personal items to a minimum – and store them in the overhead space. Avoid bringing a large personal bag that will need to be stored under the seat in front of you, so as to have more leg room.
3. Bring snacks and water
Either purchase bottled water in the airport or fill a water bottle from an airport water fountain. Drinking lots of water during flights will help you stay hydrated. Also, purchase snacks before you board or bring them. Bring a snack; do not rely on airplane food to satisfy your hunger.
4. Splurge or upgrade if you can
Splurge if you can, especially on long flights. Paying for the extra space is always worth it on long flights. If you can afford it, nothing makes you more comfortable than flying a long haul route in business or first. The difference in experience is night and day and you arrive at your destination ready to roll because you actually slept.
5. Be prepared for temperature changes
Pack a pashmina or a blanket scarf to be prepared for temperature changes on board. Since airplanes are typically cold, it’s always handy to have a scarf that doubles as a blanket. Not only can you cover your body with it, but you can bunch it up to use as a pillow or neck rest.
6. Bring a pair of thick socks
If you remove your shoes, having socks on can keep you both comfortable and sanitary. The socks help when it gets cold on the plane and when you feel like taking off your shoes. Because of the thickness, you can walk around the cabin without worrying about getting gross stuff on the bottom of your feet and don’t have to worry about putting your shoes back on.
7. Keeps your face glowing
Bring face wipes and lip balm. Airplanes are filled with dry air and my leave your face dry and lips chapped. Bring face wipes, chapstick and sometimes a face mask to make your flight more comfortable and sooth your skin. It’s always nice to know (especially after long haul flights) that you have something to revitalize your skin and help you wake up.
8. Opt for the window seat
You can get comfortable by snuggling into a window seat. It will allow you to take photos of take-off and landing. You also may be less disturbed in a window seat as fellow passengers will not have to wake you if they need to leave their seat.
9. Choose a good neck pillow
Investing in a premium neck pillow is worth the cost. Pick a pillow based on your sleep style – whether you’re a side-sleeper or back sleeper. A good pillow is tailored to your needs and specific requirements. The pillow should support your neck and allow restful sleep without neck-strain.
10. Escape the environment
To sleep or relax, bring noise-cancelling head phones and an eye mask may help find your zen. Although it may be tempting to drink booze to facilitate sleep, take a pass. Travelers should avoid alcohol, even though it can be tempting to ask for that vodka – based cocktail. Instead, drink plenty of water and munch on good quality protein bars to avoid fatigue and beat the jet lag.
11. Layer up
Dress in layers to adapt to changes onboard. Your plane is going to be too cold, so wear a couple of layers so you can adjust your clothing to your comfort. Conversely, some planes are too hot, so if you layer up, you’ll be prepared for either situation.
12. Walk the aisles
You probably know how walking improves your health. The same is true at 20,000 feet. Legs can swell up and become painful during or after your trip, so be sure to walk the aisles regularly when you’re on a long-haul flight. The longer the flight, the longer you sit, which heightens your risk of getting a blood clot in your leg – deep vein thrombosis. When you’re walking around, your calf muscles are regularly contracting, which helps maintain blood circulation in your lower leg. Every two hours, get up from your seat to stretch and get the blood flowing.
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