As we all start to make travel plans for the future as restrictions lift, we need to start thinking about flights again. Flying in economy can be unpleasant, especially on smaller planes where legroom is restricted. However, just because you’re stuck in your seat, it doesn’t mean that you have to be uncomfortable. Try some of these simple tricks to help you feel more comfortable on a flight.
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Layers are the key to flying in comfort. You never know how hot or cold it will be on the plane (and it can change quite dramatically during one flight), so wear clothing that you can easily take off. Soft, breathable items like sweatshirts and cotton T-shirts will make you feel relaxed and comfortable. A blanket scarf is ideal for flights and light layering too. Stay away from wool, tight-fitting clothes, or anything with scratchy tags.
Wear The Right Shoes
Don’t wear high heels or chunky boots when you fly. You want to be in shoes that are comfortable, but that you can also slip on and off easily so you can clear security with any delays. Once you’re on the plane, you can take your shoes off. Feet often swell during flights, so wear comfortable socks or slippers to allow your feet some room.
Block out the noise of crying babies or noisy passengers with good quality earplugs. With the noise around you blocked out, it will be easier to nap during the flight.
Pack A Light Snack
A small, healthy snack will be a good boost while you fly. Things like baby carrots, trail mix, fruit, or something else that can be kept in a plastic bag all make good flight snacks. Avoid any greasy foods that will make you feel lethargic. Avoid upsetting your neighbors, and leave the smelly foods at home.
Take a stress off the list and check-in early. If you check-in online before you head to the airport, you can save time queuing, and will also be able to choose ahead of time.
Choose The Right Seat
Everybody has their own preferences on where they like to sit on a flight. Taller passengers will do better in an aisle seat, as it’s easier to spread out. If you plan to nap on the flight, choose a window seat, so you won’t be disturbed by other passengers moving past you. All passengers want a seat closer to the front of the plane. The back is usually noisier because of the engine and might have some smell from the bathroom.
Drink water, not coffee or soda. Caffeine and sugar can lead to a crash, making you feel more tired and dehydrated than before. The air inside the cabin is dry, with humidity levels of around 10 to 20 percent, compared to the usual 30 to 65 percent. This will dry out your eyes and skin, making you feel uncomfortable. Ask the flight attendant for more water if you need it.