It’s almost holiday season and the majority of us will be trading in the Australian traditions for something a little more cultural, either overseas or nationally. The problem with some of these trips is dealing with the extremely long, arduous flight that can be EXTREMELY uncomfortable for those of us who can’t afford business class (so almost everyone).
So, we’ve devised some quick and simple hacks to have the most comfortable flight possible for this holiday season.
Take a good quality pillow.
Buying or taking a reliable pillow or neck pillow can make it so much easier to relax and attempt to sleep on a long-haul flight. Picking up a pillow for your neck and head will not only assist you in getting physically comfortable but will prepare you mentally for the flight ahead.
Plan where you’re sitting.
Getting some much needed rest on a flight can make the experience so much more comfortable, bearable and relaxing. Choosing to sit at the plane’s wing is also a good idea, as experts have claimed that since they’re closer to the plane’s center of gravity, turbulence is reduced.
Snagging a window seat allows for more room to rest that heavy head of yours for the long trip ahead. The only time you ever have to get up is when you need to go to the bathroom. It’s also a pretty nice view.
Ear plugs are a must.
Want the incessant crying of children gone? The whine and buzz of the plane’s engine to disappear? The easiest way around these problems is to enlist in either ear plugs or noise cancelling headphones to block out the noise around you. They will help you fall asleep when you need to most, block out the ambient rumbling of the engine (which is said to cause stress) and give you the best chance at sleep that you’ve got!
Aircraft cabins are usually extremely dry environments making dehydration a common occurrence for travellers. Buying a water bottle at the airport to keep hydrated while in the air is so important. Bringing moisturiser and eye drops along with you will minimise your chances of becoming dehydrated, your skin and eyes will thank you once you land!
A good sleeping mask.
Want to forget that those 300 and something other passengers aren’t there? Close your eyes and they aren’t! Using a good sleeping mask (paired with some ear plugs) is so effective against the radiant light that illuminates the aisles when you’re trying to get some much needed sleep (it also stops the light from the d*ckhead who’s reading next to you from keeping you up).
Dress in comfortable clothes in layers.
Comfortable travelling is a must, in saying this, some fashion and style have to be sacrificed. Be prepared to slip on those fuzzy
socks you’ve been hiding from your family, the trackies with stains on them and that offensive jumper that you’ve hidden in your wardrobe for years. Being comfortable in an uncomfortable environment will change the atmosphere around you completely.
Make sure to wear shoes that aren’t too tight (as your feet tend to swell at high altitudes) and loose, baggy clothes to adjust to the temperature of the cabin. Wear something that you’ll be happy to be in for over ten hours (so not that new luxury suit or dress that cost a tonne of cash).
Snacks & Food.
We all know about the aeroplane food. It sucks.
Bring food that you enjoy so you don’t have to rely on the food and meals which are provided. To make sure you don’t starve, stow a few snacks like cereal bars, nuts or dried fruit and (if you’re feeling cheeky) chocolate, sweets and/or chips in your carry on luggage.
It’s also kind of risky to eat the food supplied if you’re gluten free or have food allergies, be sure to mention this to the cabin crew.
Settle in for a long flight with in-flight entertainment (provided you pick the right airline) or bring your own entertainment such as a book or technology. Keeping yourself busy in such a confined space will be difficult without a book, magazine, game or movie to keep you entertained. It’s sometimes risky relying on in-flight entertainment as it can be quite shitty, and you may have to fork over some cash to use it.
Hopefully these tips will assist you in your travels, happy and safe travels!