Flying can be daunting for many people, especially long International flights that leave you feeling exhausted and uncomfortable. Most of us will never be lucky enough to fly business class and are forced to stick it out in economy. Although there is nothing that is going to stop you from being exhausted after a 22 hour flight, there are some things we can do to make flying just a little more comfortable.
- Chewing gum – My number one go to item on any flight. I am not really a big fan of flying myself, and can’t stand my ears popping as the plane ascends and descends. Chewing gum is my answer to stopping this uncomfortable feeling. A friend of mine suggested it to me years ago and I have never looked back. There’s also something calming about chewing.
- Neck pillow – I often find some seats on planes so uncomfortable, especially where the headrest is. Neck pillows (invest in a good one, perhaps a Cabeau evolution pillow as mentioned in my previous post) help to make the seats a bit more comfortable. I don’t always use mine around my neck, sometimes I simply use it lay on or prop my head up.
- Plane Pillow – Okay so plane pillows aren’t great, they are often thin and don’t do much, but hear me out. I don’t use the plane pillow behind my head, my travel pillow is fine for this, I use it behind my back, to sit on, or between my side and the arm rest. I find it comes in handy when you’re trying to sleep and need more cushioning around you.
- Ear plugs – Ear plugs are usually supplied on International flights: use them! For reasons unknown, my flight home from Amsterdam (which left at 10pm) seemed to be full of people who just wanted to chat, walk up and down the aisles talking to different people, and who didn’t want to go to sleep. All I wanted to do, was sleep. Ear plugs saved me on that flight.
- Eye mask – Again, another item that is supplied on long International flights (I always take my own just in case). If you need your surroundings to be dark to switch off and sleep, you’ll need to make use of your eye mask. I cannot sleep without one on a plane.
- Carry on bag – My legs always seem to suffer the most when flying. They get stiff and sore and are in desperate need of a stretch. I always put something on the floor, perhaps my bag or a jacket or blanket, and prop my feet up on them, it allows for a different position and stretches those muscles a bit!
- Sleep – Sometimes it can be hard to figure out when to sleep, or how long to sleep for in order to avoid jet lag, however, I feel as though it’s best to just sleep when you can, some sleep is better than none. I was rather jet lagged when we arrived in London, but a long sleep had me feeling fine the next morning.
- Drink lots of water – It may seem like an obvious one, but make sure you drink lots of water on your flight, the last thing you want is to be dehydrated and sitting on a long flight.