Not getting to travel for two years has us acting like we forgot how to fly! Here are some of our best tips for surviving a long flight.
Buy Your Ticket Early
This might not sound like a survival tip, but if you gamble with the idea of a ticket price drop, you gamble with comfort. Buying your ticket early may come with a slightly higher price tag, but it ensures that you get the snuggly window seat or the aisle seat to stretch your legs.
Sit in the Back
It can be louder in the back, but you have a much better shot at being surrounded by empty seats, which can ultimately mean having an entire row to yourself. We can’t guarantee this, but it’s worth taking a chance.
Dress the Part
If you’re going to be sitting on a plane for hours, wear something you will be comfortable in. We also recommend light layers so you can adjust your temperature throughout your flight. Feet swell in higher altitudes, so don’t wear shoes that don’t have a little breathing room, and always keep in mind that in case of emergencies, closed-toe shoes are always a better option. There is also no need to wear any jewelry – all it’s good for is setting off the metal detectors.
Invest in the Holy Trinity
A good neck pillow, earplugs, and a sleeping mask will work wonders, and if you’re buying them new, we give you permission to splurge. Sleeping on an airplane will never compare to your own bed, but these three things will improve your plane experience tremendously.
Buckle Up and Over
If you plan on cozying up during your flight, we recommend buckling your seatbelt over your blanket. If your flight starts to experience turbulence, flight attendants must ensure everyone is buckled in; if they can’t see your seatbelt, they will have to wake you, but if they can see that you’re safe and secure, they will let you stay snoozing.
Move It, Move It
When you can safely move about the airplane, go ahead and do some light stretching. Walk up and down the aisles a couple of times to keep your blood pumping and restless legs at bay.
Bring Your Own Snacks
Many long and overseas flights provide at least one meal, but it’s always a good idea to bring some snacks with you just in case!
So Fresh and So Clean
Pack hygiene products such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, and even a change of clothes for your flight. Not only will this keep you feeling good, but you won’t have to worry if that foul odor is coming from you.
Make a New Friend
Whoever you’re sitting with is your buddy for the next several hours, so you might as well make the most of your time together. If they don’t seem interested in talking, let it go. If they seem eager to chat, then we bet your long-haul flight is about to fly by.
Airplanes are notoriously dry, which is bad news for your skin. We recommend skipping makeup, applying face serum and moisturizer, using eye drops to combat dry eyes, and globbing on some lip balm before you take off. It’s also never a bad idea to have hydrating products to reapply mid-flight.