If you fly often, you know how it is. You’re surrounded by thousands of people trying to get where they need to go in the airport, then you’re stuck with another couple hundred people when you actually get on your plane.
While some of you may find this routine, a lot of us cringe and bite our lip at the thought of being in close proximity to so many strangers on a plane all day or night.
Whether you’re traveling for business or exploration, reaching your destination is worth the long, uncomfortable flight. And luckily, there are five ways you can make your entire traveling experience more enjoyable, including the dreaded plane ride:
• Choose the Seat that Fills Your Needs
Accept the things you cannot change….except when it comes to where you sit on your flight. Whenever possible, be cautious where you sit in coach or spend the extra money for a ticket in a premium cabin. When you’re on a plane for 14 hours, your comfort needs to be a top priority. When you know you’ll be on a long flight, check out SeatGuru to check out your airline’s seat map and find an ideal seat for you.
• Wear Comfortable Clothes
Don’t be that person that walks on to the plane in dress shoes and a tight-fitting suit or dress. You want to feel comfortable on a long flight, so here’s your chance to walk on a plane rocking sweatpants, loose fitting jeans, and sweatshirts. It’s also a smart idea to bring a toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, and a change of clothes in your carry-on so you can freshen up throughout your flight.
• Prepare for Fluctuating Temperatures
Unfortunately, you’re not going to have the ability to adjust the thermostat on the plane. Since airline temperatures fluctuate, remember to bring a sweater or jacket in case the cabin gets too cold. On the other hand, remember to dress in layers so you can remove them if the plane gets too warm. Remember, it’s better to be overly prepared than not prepared at all!
• Keep Yourself Busy
Sleeping is one of the best ways to pass the time when flying, but chances are you won’t sleep through your entire flight. In-flight entertainment may be limited or cost money, so remember to bring your laptop with you so you can watch movies and play games. Take this time to catch up on some reading you’ve been meaning to do, and remember to bring a pair of noise-cancelling headphones to block out unwanted plane noise. If you have activities to keep you busy, your flight will go by much faster.
• Stay Healthy
You may not notice how your flight negatively impacts your health, but the sad reality is it can. On the bright side, there are ways to keep yourself healthy on a long flight:
• First and foremost, stay hydrated.
Airplane cabins are incredibly dry, so make sure you drink enough liquids throughout your flight. Make sure to have some moisturizer on you in case your skin gets dry.
• Get as much physical activity as you can.
Although you can’t do a full cardio circuit in the aisle, you can get out of your seat every hour or so and walk around. You can even do leg and arm lifts to help keep your blood circulating while you’re seated!
Don’t let long flights negatively impact the rewarding life experience of international travel. By following these five tips, you’re sure to have a much happier and comfortable trip!