Taking a flight remains one of the fastest ways to travel to a different city or country for a business trip, school, vacation etc.
Its affordability and convenience are among the reasons flying remains popular among travelers.
Though frequently used, the limited leg room, screaming babies, loud noise and gassy seatmates in the economy class are reasons you may begin to dread taking that long-haul flight to your next location.
Not to worry, these tips will help you relax and enjoy the flight without breaking the bank.
1. Wear comfortable clothing
If you’re flying for long hours, the last thing you want is to have clothes that are tight and uncomfortable. Outfits like yoga pants and sweaters allow you to move freely with less restriction.
Heels may not be a good idea if you have a lot of luggage to pull and sit for long hours. Add a pair of compression stockings to help reduce leg swelling, a blanket to snuggle up when it gets cold and you’re ready to go.
Wearing comfortable clothing is not an excuse to look sloppy and inappropriate. There is a range of clothes that are comfortable and classy. You should try to look your best at all times; you never know who you might run into.
2. Make your seat booking in advance
Booking your seat in advance reduces the uncertainty of not knowing where you may be tossed to when boarding.
This affords you picking the window seat which means that no one gets to wake you up every time they have to use the restroom. The food cart will also not brush up against your elbow or shoulder when the flight attendant rolls by.
The view through the window can be calming if you’re not afraid of heights.
3. Noise cancellation headphones and sleeping masks
Your regular ear plugs fall off easily and do not stop you from hearing the propellers buzzing or your partner’s loud snoring but headphones will. They do a good job of filtering out the noise and allowing you to pay attention to your work or enjoy some quiet in your space.
Sleeping masks also prevent light from abruptly waking you up if the window seat shade is lifted or during food time.
Just remember to occasionally take off the headphones to listen to important announcements and get a feel of what’s happening.
4. Bring snacks and a water bottle
The food can be delicious sometimes and other times, not so much. Packing some snacks and your favorite foods would keep you full when the food is not appealing to you. It is also great if you don’t eat some food or you’re on a diet.
Aside from the food, you’re given water in little cups that may not be enough to keep you hydrated. A water bottle would ensure that you have water available anytime you want. You can fill it up at the terminal after going through security.
Don’t take soda or coffee so you don’t inconvenience your friends in the middle seat and aisle with your bathroom breaks.
5. Arrange your music or movie playlist before flying
Listening to music, an audiobook, or watching your favorite movie can help you relax and while away time. Downloading them while flying will cost about $60 to use the wifi. If you don’t have some extra cash to spare, you won’t be able to download anything while in the air.
So download your music or movies from home and enjoy your flight.
With these five tips, you’ll be relaxed and comfortable on your next flight and enjoy your travel experience.
Don’t forget to appreciate the flight attendants. A little ‘Thank you ‘ note or gift card would do.
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