If you love to travel and explore new places, taking long flights is an inevitability. From making sure you arrive on time, to the hassle of passing through the security checkpoint, scrambling to find the correct gate and jamming yourself into the tight, almost sardine-esque seating arrangements, air travel always has the potential to be significantly less than pleasant, to put it gently. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of things you can do to make your flight more enjoyable.
We’ve all seen those movie characters who show up to their flight decked out in three piece suits or a dress and heels. Here’s my advice: do the opposite. Instead, opt for loose-fitting clothes with soft, stretchy fabrics such as yoga pants, sweats and hoodies. While you’re at it, ditch the oxford’s and/or high heels for a nice, comfy pair of sneakers.
Unless you are a connoisseur of peanuts and pretzels, you shouldn’t depend on airlines to provide a satisfactory meal for your flight. The best bet would be to bring your own food from home, but you can also purchase snacks and meals in the airport and bring it with you on the plane. Another key is to bring water on your flight to keep you hydrated and avoid alcoholic drinks and coffee, which will only serve to dehydrate you.
Arrive Early / Plan Ahead
One of the worst things about flying is constantly feeling like you’re in a rush. In order to avoid this, plan to arrive early to the airport. The earlier you arrive at your gate, the more you will be able to relax. Cue up your entertainment beforehand - whether you need to download a few movies, curate a jamming playlist or download a new book to your tablet.
Okay. You’re dressed comfortably in a pair of sweatpants, sneakers and your favorite hoodie. You arrived early and were able to skip the commotion of an ultra-busy security check-in. You’ve brought plenty of snacks and water for your flight and you are seated comfortably, ready for a relaxing trip until you hear that dreaded sound coming from the seat directly behind you… a crying baby. If you’d been planning on sleeping through your flight, nothing will throw a wrench in your plans more than the shrieking sounds of a weeping toddler. Do yourself a huge favor and bring noise-cancelling headphones to help drown out any unwanted sounds. You’ll thank yourself later.