I love flying. I don’t think I have ever not had a huge grin on my face whilst taking off. For me, as soon as the engines start to roar and you have the moment of lift off, in that moment, nothing seems impossible.
However, flights can be uncomfortable, boring and often exhausting if you aren’t prepared. And starting and ending a journey feeling as though you wish you had never left the comfort of your bed are not a good way to start a trip or to get back into life.
Over the past few years, I have developed a few little tips and tricks to make flying a much nicer experience.
So here are my fabulous five tips for flying.
- Order a special meal ahead of time. Most airlines require you to do this more than 48 hours before departure. Not only do you get fed first, which means you can go to the bathroom whilst everybody else is eating, but often you actually get better food.
- Especially for long haul flights, get an aisle seat so that you can keep hydrated by drinking water and you don’t need to worry about crawling over people at several points to go to the bathroom.
- Take noise-cancelling headphones. Warning, they are an investment (some can be around $200 – I got mine on a clearance table reduced from $200 to $50). I didn’t think they were worth it until I got a pair. The amount that it cuts out the background noise is remarkable, and makes sleeping and hearing the movie that much easier.
- Pack a scarf or shawl and socks. Even with the blankets, the cabins can be ridiculously cold. Shawls and scarves aren’t too heavy and make the world of difference.
- Travel pillows are amazing for sleeping without hurting your neck. Wear it around the front of your neck and you might find it more comfortable as people tend to sleep with their heads to one side.
Even if you are not a relaxed flyer, try to use the time productively. Read a book you have not had the time to read, watch a movie, do a puzzle, or just take a few minutes to feel what it is like to be disconnected from the world.
Actually, having no phone or WiFi for 8 hours… No wonder so many people are scared of flying.