Flying, like it or not, is a necessary means to an end when it comes to vacation. In that case, surviving some of the longer flights can be a challenge. However, flying doesn’t have to be so bad. Sure you’re way to close to the person sitting next to you, and the baby up ahead is crying his or her head off for no good reason, but look at it this way, you’re one step closer to vacation finally starting.
In order to make your flight more bearable, here are a few tips to make the experience not so bad:
A well-packed carry on is essential for any flight. Nothing is worse than running out of in-flight entertainment.
1) Get the best seat: Your seat could, in all likelihood, make or break your flying experience. In that case, depending on your preference (aisle or window, because who really likes the middle?) take some extra thought into where you seat yourself when purchasing your ticket. Hopefully those frequent flyer miles pay off, but if not (and you’re desperate) take a chance and talk to the agents at the airport and see if you get lucky.
2) Dress in something comfortable: Unless your heading straight to some business function for work as soon as you land, flying can only be made more enjoyable if you’re dressed in something loose and comfy. Shoes that slip on and off easily can be a plus too (be sure to have socks on though).
3) Stock that carry on: Carry-ons may be a way to get around checking your bag, but they also are a place to stash all the things you’ll use to distract yourself from the fact that you’re on a plane for countless hours. For extended flights (like international) packing a bag with some basic toiletries can help you freshen up right before landing. Also, don’t forget a pack of gum or sucking candies to help during take off and landing so your ears don’t pop like crazy.
Popping in headphones, closing the eyes and escaping the crammed quarters will definitely help pass the time.
4) Stay hydrated: While you may be drawn to coffee or soda, drinking at least eight ounces of water before and during a flight is a must. Flight attendants can help with refilling bottles, and the added bonus is that drinking gets you up and moving throughout the flight since you’ll be using the bathroom.
5) Sleeping: From personal experience, sleeping on a plane, no matter how hard you try is seldom comfortable. The window seat can help since it gives you something to lean on, but even that won’t be the same as your own bed. In that case, bringing your own neck pillow and eye mask is a must, and if the complimentary pillow and blanket aren’t enough, ask for some extras once on board.
6) Entertainment: These days most airlines provide their customers with in-flight movies and music. The in-flight movies are great; you might get to see the latest blockbuster before your friends back home do. Music on the other hand, is only good if you like what’s provided. Bringing your own form of entertainment is probably the best way to pass the time (aside from sleeping). Books, magazines, music – don’t forget those headphones, a tablet, etc. Anything that will keep you occupied is something to consider when packing that carry-on of yours.