The plane is an amazing fantastic invention. It gives us the ability to jet halfway across the world in mere of hours, so we can experience exotic new lands and make memories which are destined to last a liftime. But these flying tin cans are hardly pleasant to travel in, so it’s a good idea to try and make yourself comfortable, while taking to the skies. Helping you start your getaway off right, here are seven tricks for surviving flights in comfort!
1. Dress as though you’re at home
Have you tried sitting in a plane seat, dressed in tight, restrictive clothing, for hours on end? I wouldn’t recommend it, as it’s one of the most distinctly horrific experiences you could ever possibly imagine. A good tip is to dress like you would at home, going for comfort over style. They key is to opt for loose clothing in soft fabrics, topping the look off with sensible shoes so you don’t have to deal with aching feet on your flight.
2. Dive into fictional worlds
You’d be amazed how quickly a flight goes, when you aren’t paying attention to your surroundings. Pass the time by bringing entertainment to keep you occupied. I’d suggest that you pack a good book, or download a TV show to your tablet beforehand, as due to internet restrictions you won’t be able to download them in flight. Soon enough, you’ll find yourself immersed in a fictional world, keeping your mind off your journey.
3. Delight your taste buds
One of the most excruciating parts of a flight is the food. It’s a truth universally acknowledged that plane food is terrible. Bring your own instead! Obviously your choices are pretty limited here, as you can’t travel with a full blown hot meal, but I’ve often found that hard boiled sweets e.g. mint humbugs are perfect. Not only are they delicious, but they help with that ear issue a lot of people experience during take off and last for ages!
4. Hydrate very strategically
It’s important to hydrate constantly while flying, as your body will need it when you’re cruising at high altitudes. I know you’re not going to like this, but avoid coffee and alcohol like the plague, as they’ll really dehydrate you. But don’t drink too much water either as you’ll keep needing the bathroom and they aren’t great on planes! Also remember that the air quality in a cabin can dry out your skin, so Lifehack suggests that you apply moisturiser every so often, to keep your skin in tip top shape, making you more comfortable.
5. Resist the urge to nod
Everybody says that you should try to sleep on a flight. That’s a great in theory, but it never works in practise, as planes are just so noisy that it’s almost impossible to let your mind wander into sweet oblivion. It’s a better idea, in my opinion, to alter your sleeping patterns for a few days before you fly so you can stay awake during transit. If you do nothing else, make sure you get at least get eight hours before you head to the airport!
6. Work those muscles people!
You can dress in the most relaxed outfit ever, but after a few hours stuck sitting in an air plane seat, your muscles will really begin to ache. You need to get your blood flowing through your body, so your muscles get what they need, decreasing any pain you may encounter. Try to walk around every once in a while, even if it’s only for a minute or so and if you can’t, try exercising in your seat to get that blood pumping through your body!
7. Your glass is half full
The best way to make yourself comfortable on a flight, is to change your mindset. Don’t see it as a burden, but as an opportunity. Just think, on a flight you can meet people from places you’ve only just imagined before and broaden your horizons – many people would kill for that opportunity! Life is what you make of it, so make your flight something you’ll actually look back on fondly and any worries about comfort will soon just melt away!