So you’ve made your way through the hectic maze that is TSA and the process of boarding, now it’s time to get cozy and ready for your long flight. Long hauls can wreak havoc on your body, cramping your comfort and style. I’ve had to learn these tricks the hard way. So you don’t have to go the trail, error, pain, and annoyances I have here are a few tips to help make your lengthy flight a bit more enjoyable.
Dress for comfort: Wear comfortable layers and shoes. Generally when flights begin the cabin is warm, however after take off there are huge temperature variations in cabin, not to mention frequent weather changes.
Choose your seat wisely: If you’re flying longer than 30 minutes seat choice matters. If you’re a frequent flyer you may have preferred seating privileges allowing you early boarding and better seat choices. Certain airlines like Delta and United offer economy plus features for international flights. Features include, more leg room, wider seats with more extension, commentary cocktails and early boarding too. However if you can’t spring for the extra cost in fare and you’re still looking for comfort, get a window or aisle seat, as you’ll have room to rest your head at the window and more limb freedom with an aisle seat. If your need is for more under seat storage get a window seat, as aisle seat stowage is much narrower.
Carry-on comfort kit: If you’re not flying business or first class this is a MUST and will vastly enhance your inflight experience. I never travel without one. My must have items include: eye mask, travel pillow, blanket, earplugs, and noises reducing headphones, travel-snack pack, antibacterial wipes, mini toothbrush & toothpaste, iPhone/iPod, slippers, portable cell-phone charger and a great novel/kindle or iPad.
Snack Pack: As mentioned above this is a MUST. To prevent starvation, avoid the high prices of airport and airplane food, not to mention the limited food selections and quality I never fly without a snack pack. The staples in my pack include, mini cans of tuna, 100-calorie packs of nuts and crackers, dried fruit, an apple or banana, mints, gum, atomic fire balls (I love candy), tea bags & stevia, and an empty bottle for water I fill once past security and constantly in-flight.
Move around: I can’t stress the importance of this for longer flights, to prevent your body from aching due to poor circulation. Some airlines provide videos or seat inserts on in-seat exercises you can do (such as circling ankles and stretching arms). The time mid-flight stretch and take a stroll up and down the aisle a few times. There is room near the rest rooms and at the back of the cabin to do some basic stretches and yoga poses. Forget about looking strange to other passengers, your body will thank you later.
Stay Hydrated: Airplane air is recycled, stale and dehydrates your system. Changes in altitude also cause stress to your skin and organs. Dry skin, constipation and other digestion issues are common after long flights. It is extremely important to stay hydrated. Try to avoid drinking on flights, however if unavoidable drink two glass of water for each alcoholic beverage you consume. Use lip balm to protect your lips from becoming dry. Bring a small container of hand lotion or cocoa butter if your skin dries easily. Use eye drops whenever your eyes feel dry.