Whether jetting off on a once in a lifetime luxury experience, or heading off with just a backpack, ensuring you are comfortable on your flight is imperative. It doesn’t matter whether you are flying short or long haul, economy class can be unpleasant, but below are ten tips to make even the most reluctant flyer enjoy their flight…even just a little bit.
Shoes Off, Socks On
The minute the seatbelt light pings off take your shoes off, give your toes a wiggle, and pop on some comfy home socks or flight socks. Flight socks can help reduce risk of DVT and will be of great benefit to those who suffer from swollen legs during flights. Home socks, on the other hand, are purely to keep your toes warm when the air condition gets a little too much!
Blackout Sleeping Mask
Just like blackout curtains at home, blackout sleeping masks keep out any chinks of light. If you are trying to catch a snooze on your flight, you won’t be interrupted by the glare of television screens or reading lights.
Once everybody is aboard the air in your cabin will dehydrate your skin very fast. This means headaches, dry eyes, and generally feeling pretty dreadful. So keep drinking, even if you’re not thirsty, and slather on moisturiser and lip balm.
It is best to take your makeup off when you are into your flight. Dehydrated skin and a layer of makeup can equal nasty breakouts so it is best to remove it. You can always bring a small selection of your favourite products in your hand luggage to reapply a little before landing. If not, use it as an excuse to let your skin breathe.
High heels, knitted jumpers, and skinny jeans are all big no-no’s for flights. If you are travelling to a hot destination, by all means don a loose-fitting dress or shorts and t-shirt, but make sure to take a sweater with you on to your flight. Planes can become very chilly, and there is nothing worse than being cold for hours!
Plane meals have come on leaps and bounds but, why not save yourself a little money and bring your own food? This means you avoid a potentially dreadful meal and can eat when you are hungry. On long haul flights, a back of popcorn in front of a movie is a great treat.
Pick Your Own Seat
If you are tall or like to sit in a certain section of the aircraft, you can usually pay a little extra to pick your own seat. There tend to me some more spacious seats towards the front of the plane, or anywhere with an emergency exit. Also, opting for a window seat means you have somewhere to rest your head for a siesta.
Go for a Stroll
After a couple of hours, we all start to get aches and pains from sitting for so long. There is no shame in taking a walk around the plane, or stretching your legs whilst going to the bathroom. Have a good stretch, it will help you feel refreshed.
Earphones and Earplugs
Earphones are a must, especially if you want to listen to music of watch something on the in-flight television. They can also be used to cancel out any noise, allowing you to sleep. Earplugs can also be used to help with a snooze or to cancel out the general noise around you that can become annoying.
Entertainment or Work
Sometimes you have to be come engrossed in something on your flight, or you can end up clock watching. This can be lethal on long haul flights. Take your laptop or tablet with you in your hand luggage, charge up your iPod, and binge watch a television show, play some games, or get some work done.