Vinnie Van GO is a frequent traveler, who understands the importance of being comfortable while in the air. He reached out to travel expert Tom Jager to receive the best tips and tricks for the best flight experience.
Flying is unavoidable if you want to see the world and to broaden your mind through travel. The problem is that not everybody enjoys it, and while it’s part of the overall experience of seeing the world, it can also be a stressful time. Even the most seasoned fliers can always learn a thing or two that can come in handy, whether they’re flying in economy or traveling first class.
We spend a lot of time travelling and we know what makes a flight good or bad. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of just a few of the quick and easy things you can do to improve your flight and to enjoy the best travelling experience possible. Here we go.
- Take a Good Pillow
Peter Baumgartner, Chief Commercial Officer at Etihad Airways, says, “A good night’s sleep is scientifically proven to benefit one’s health and nowhere is this more important than on a long-haul flight.” Airlines themselves are putting a lot of effort in to making it easier for their customers to sleep during their flights, but you can help yourself by packing a decent travel pillow. A good pillow will help you to get a good sleep, and a good sleep will leave you full of energy when you finally reach your destination.
- Switch Seats
Nearly 20 percent of the seats on domestic US flights are empty, which means that there’s a decent chance that you’ll be able to swipe a couple of unused seats right next to each other. This will give you a little more space to spread out and get comfortable, especially if you can lift up the arm rests. Be prepared to move if you’re asked to – but in most cases, the crew will let you get away with it.
- Earplugs or Headphones
Earplugs are a great to keep out the noise when you’re on a busy flight, and it’s a good idea to pack a pair in your hand luggage by default just in case. After all, you never know when you might need them. If earplugs don’t work for you, another option is to pick up a pair of noise cancelling headphones. You can even try playing some relaxing sleep sounds if you download an app on your phone before you take to the skies.
- Bring a Blindfold
Our last tip is designed to help you to cut out the noise pollution, and this one will help you to reduce the light pollution. Some people are too shy to wear blindfolds on a public flight, but remember that nobody else is paying attention and that even if they were, you’re never going to see them again. The truth is that a blindfold can make all the difference when you’re trying to get some shuteye. You’d be a fool not to pack one.
- Take a Puzzle Book
Keith Edwards, the CEO of a professional essay writing service company, suggests taking a puzzle book with you on every flight so that you’ve got something to do to keep your mind busy. Doing crosswords, word searches and other puzzles can help to make sure that your mind is active so that when you land, you’re ready for whatever comes next. It also gives you something to do if you’ve brought a book but you can’t get into it or if it isn’t enough to take your mind off things.
- Pack Chewing Gum
Sometimes the pressure changes cause ear pain or block your ears up. To cure this discomfort, you can try yawning, chewing gum or sucking on boiled sweets. Each of these activities will basically force your body to equalise the pressure inside your ears and should stop any discomfort, leaving you to enjoy the rest of your flight.
- Wear Comfortable Clothing
Don’t worry too much about looking your best when you’re travelling, and try to put more of a focus on wearing comfortable clothes than on showing off your sense of style. There’s nothing wrong with wearing sneakers and tracksuit bottoms when you know you’re going to spend hours on end dragging luggage around or trying to get comfortable on long haul flights.
- Bring you own Blanket
Taking a blanket with you will help you to get comfortable when you’re dozing on the plane, but it’ll also come in handy if other passengers get overzealous with the air conditioning. There’s nothing worse than being stuck on a cold plane, so pack yourself a blanket that you can throw over yourself if you need it. You can also bundle it up and turn it into a makeshift pillow if you need to.
Flying doesn’t have to cause a problem. In fact, it can be a lot of fun if you prepare yourself correctly, and with a little bit of foresight you can travel like a seasoned pro in no time. We hope that this article helps – and we’ll see you out there in the big wide world somewhere!
Tom Jager is professional blogger. He works at Awriter. He has degree in Law and English literature. Tom has written numerous articles/online journals. You can reach him at G+ or Facebook.