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5 Tips for Making Your Flight as Comfortable as Possible

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Kristina ByasGuest Blogger
June 30, 2016 · 2.2k Views

Window seat, middle, or aisle, a long flight is a long flight. If you love to travel or just need to get from Point A to Point B, hopping on a plane may really be your only option. Of course this means you'll be crammed into a seat that's too small, surrounded by people you don't know who will play a role in maybe the next few hours of your life. With minimal preparation, a long flight can be bearable, but by the time the plane lands, you will probably wonder if there was something you could have done to ensure you were comfortable while in the air.

Although the idea of having a comfortable flight may be met with disbelief, it is very much possible for people to enjoy their in-flight time if they prepare properly.


1. Wear comfortable clothes.

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Depending on the length of the flight, being dressed in a pair of heels, a tight suit, or something that you may eventually feel uncomfortable in is a bad idea. Sweat pants, tee shirts, and other types of loose fitting clothes are ideal in this situation. If you need to be somewhere immediately after you land, you can always stop in the restroom and quickly change clothes.

2. Wear a sleep mask.

Plane cabins are very well lit and sometimes too bright because of the light from sun shining through the windows. This can be annoying and cause discomfort during the flight. Sure, you can close the window, but there are still the lights in the actual cabin to worry about and the chance of you not having access to the window shade to close it. If you're looking to evade all light and increase your comfort, a sleep mask will get the job done.

3. Use a neck pillow.

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Neck pillows are used by a lot of people, but pretty much by anyone who wants to avoid having neck pain when they wake up. It is very hard to get comfortable enough on a plane to sleep, and equally as difficult to stay asleep for longer than 30 minutes if you do manage to doze off. With a neck pillow, you can get just enough support that will allow you to get comfortable and catch an hour or two of sleep without having to deal with an awful ache in your neck.

4. Bring your own food.

Cookies, pretzels, peanuts and more. When flying with most airlines, you'll get at least one snack and a drink for free. Typically, on longer flights, you'll even get a meal or two. Although you will likely be fed something at some point during your flight that doesn't necessarily mean that you will enjoy it. The pretzels may be dry, your meal may taste like a microwave, and your drink could seem a little watery. Airplane food may be a delight to some, but to play it safe it would be best to bring your own food on the flight if possible.

5. Wear noise-cancelling headphones.

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If you have been on a plane before, then you are familiar with the array of noises you will hear throughout your flight. People coughing and talking, babies crying and even music blaring through the headphones of the person sitting next to you. Every new noise is just one more thing that is keeping you from getting comfortable and take away from your flight experience. Noise cancelling headphones are perfect for this type of situation because they block out noise and allow you to hear absolutely nothing going on around you. This will give you the opportunity to sit in peace, listen to your thoughts or drift off to sleep without having to be woken up by constant noise.

From the moment you step onto a plane, you may dread the experience you are about to have and look forward to it being over. Enjoyable and comfortable are not necessary two things that you believe can be said about your flight, but at the end of the day, preparation is key. For your next flight, is it up to you if you want to enjoy the experience or be just another passenger anxiously waiting for the plane to land and the doors to open and free you from this temporary jail.


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Kristina Byas is a Milwaukee native who has written for Female Intel, Shepherd Express, Scandalous Women and more. She suffers from a severe case of wanderlust and has difficulty purchasing items at full price. You can learn more about her by following her on Twitter: @KristinaByas

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