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From foot-kicking neighbors to an overly-talkative seatmate, it’s always a gamble when you step aboard an aircraft. Flying can be exhilarating, stressful, boring, and downright scary at times. Follow these 7 tips to improve your in-flight experience when you take to the skies and possibly even make your travels downright enjoyable!

Prioritize Comfort

improve your in-flight experience by dressing casual

Sure, you may want to step off the plane in New York looking fabulous in your jeans or new dress – but you don’t want to sit for an extended period in them. Think comfort and ease, whether it’s your favorite wrinkle-free trousers, yoga pants, or t-shirt. Don’t discount comfortable footwear either. It’s very common to retain water weight on planes, puffing up in the ankles and feet, so sneakers or flat footwear with some room are best.

Don’t forget to layer! Consider the air-conditioning of the airplane and then your arrival destination. If they’re vastly different, pack a spare outfit in your carry-on to change into before landing.

Set the Mood – For Sleep

If you’re on an overnight flight, increase the odds of getting some shut-eye with a good sleep mask, neck pillow, and earplugs. I always bring a small blanket when I travel, which can be used as a pillow or a blanket in a pinch.

Pack Provisions

Bringing extra snacks means you’re not at the mercy of the busy flight attendants. And you can stay satiated (and hydrated) on your own timeline. Furthermore, limit impulse purchases to save your credit card and sodium levels.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

And I’m not talking about drinking water. Bring moisturizer and even Vaseline for your lips and the inside of your nose. The recirculated air on airplanes is notoriously drying. Combined with the decreased blood flow at 30,000 feet, your skin will suffer. Try using a mini spray bottle of Evian to refresh.  

Listen Up

noise cancelling headset for quieter flights

Bring your own headphones, not only to be able to connect to the inflight movies but to fend off chatty neighbors. Are the headphones even plugged into anything? Only you know, but it sends a clear message that you’re not available for conversation. Try the Bose headphones to improve your in-flight experience, one of my personal favorites.

Clean it Up

Bring your own travel set of Lysol wipes and hand sanitizer, and ensure you give your seat tray and armrests a thorough wipe down before settling in. There’s often a very short time when turning around a plane.

Tried, Tested & True

Now is not the time to break the mold and try that new mask (if your airline mandates wearing them) or skin cream you’ve been trying. Stick to your favorites and well-used versions of everything, so you have no surprises at 30,000 feet.

For more flying tips, reach out to me directly, and we can get you up and away on your next vacation.