Tips for Comfortable Air Travel
By Editorial Staff
by Catalogs.com Info Guru Elizabeth Sobiski
Air travel can be an exciting and fun way to see new places or visit friends and family who are far away.
Whether the ride is long or short, take care of yourself and stay entertained because boredom can make for an unenjoyable experience. Fly as comfortable as possible with these top 10 tips for air travel and you’ll be at your destination before you know it.
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10. Books and games
Do you have a list of titles you’ve been meaning to read? A flight is the perfect time to catch up on your reading. If reading isn’t your thing, bring along a book of word or number games to keep your brain sharp. For those looking for a creative outlet, bring along a coloring book and markers or a blank sketchbook and a few pencils.
9. In-flight WIFI
Treat yourself and spring for the in-flight WIFI. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn can keep people occupied for hours. Or, respond to all those emails you’ve been meaning to get to – it’s all about staying connected. Be sure to bring along a portable charger for your phone or learn if your airline offers charging outlets.
8. Stay hydrated
Air inside the plane cabin is often dry and contributes to passenger dehydration. Counter the effects by drinking plenty of water and occasionally applying lotion and lip balm. If you’re on a particularly long flight, add electrolytes to your water or bring along a pre-made version, such as Gatorade. Avoid caffeinated drinks such as coffee and teas, as they are diuretics. Decaffeinated green tea, on the other hand, is reported to help prevent jet lag.
Be a savvy traveler and bring your own snacks to avoid the overpriced and often tasteless versions on the plane. To avoid security issues, the snacks must be purchased while at the airport. Fortunately, the food courts and shops are getting better at offering healthy options, such a chilled veggies, protein-rich nuts and fruit. Try not to overeat, as its believed that it’s more difficult for the body to digest while in the air.
6. Earplugs and headphones
Let’s face it – on a flight, you’re in a confined space with lots of other people and powerful engines just a few feet away. To keep the noise at bay, bring along a set of noise-cancelling headphones or basic earplugs. These gems will help you focus on a task, relax among chaos, or nap so you’re rested when you arrive.
5. Travel Clothes
Combine sensible tactics for swollen legs with loose, comfortable travel clothing and you’ll be good to go when you land. Swollen feet and ankles, leg pain and blood clots or deep vein thrombosis (DVT) happen when you sit in the same position for too long. Compression socks help to combat these issues and can make your flight more comfortable. Getting up and walking helps, too. You can do basic calf, ankle and foot stretches in your seat. The idea here is to get the blood flowing instead of pooling.
4. Eye masks
Light can affect your circadian rhythm, which can lead to worse than normal jet lag. If your goal is to rest, you’ll need an eye mask. They block out the light, making it easier to sleep and stay on your natural schedule. Once at your destination, the eye masks might help you sleep better in your hotel room.
3. Movies and shows
It’s always a good idea to bring your own entertainment. Download your favorite movies and shows onto your favorite gadget. This way, it’s no problem if you’ve already seen the in-flight movie – you can get caught up on past seasons of Midsomer Murder or House of Cards.
It’s difficult to please all of the people all the time, especially with air temperature. Bring along your own blanket to stay warm on your flight. Ladies have, by far, the easiest time with this, as a pashmina, lap-sized wrap or larger scarf can often double as a throw blanket. For the gentlemen, there are travel blankets. These blankets are lightweight, yet still warm and are easily folded and stored in a small space. If you don’t need the blanket for warmth, they make a great lumbar support when tucked behind your back.
1. Neck pillows
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These U-shaped pillows can make a huge difference in your flight experience. They support your neck, making you feel overall more comfortable. This, in turn, makes it easier to fall asleep, read or watch a show. If you’re comfortable during the plane ride, you will probably be in a better mood when you land, too.
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