Everyone knows that a holiday is the best way to destress from the daily grind and explore the world around you. Whether you’re exploring Europe, the USA or further afield, chances are you’ll be hopping on a plane at some point to give you the easiest transportation to your next adventure.
Unfortunately, flying is notorious for being super uncomfortable. It’s fine taking the economy seats with no luggage or legroom when you’re only taking a 45-minute flight to Amsterdam, but when you’re investing 12 hours into a flight to Malaysia, discomfort becomes a bigger problem. Don’t spend any more time fretting about your travel; we’ve got 5 helpful tips on keeping yourself as comfortable as you can in the air.
Tip #1: Sit over the wing of the plane
It’s been found that the seats in the middle of the plane, over and level with the wings, are the best ones to choose if you’re looking for a comfier flight. This is because there’s less turbulence in the middle, because aircraft are designed to rock back and forth from end to end to manage turbulent winds. So, if you get the chance to book your seat and you’re not a fan of a rollercoaster flight, aim for here. Plus, if you’ve got long legs, go for an aisle seat so that you can stand and walk around if you need to stretch out. Or, if you’re looking for a comfy place to nap, the window seat can be a great option, because you can rest your head against the wall.
Tip #2: BYOT
Bring your own teabags! This is a bit of a strange tip; we’ve all heard of taking teabags abroad to enjoy a classic British brew in the hotel room, but getting them out mid-flight is a fairly new concept to a lot of us.
If you’ve ever had a cuppa while you’re 30,000ft in the air, you’ll know that it’s rarely a pleasant comfort. Instead, if you’ve got your own teabags, you can just ask the flight attendant to fill a mug with hot water for you; dunk your chosen teabag in, add a splash of milk and sugar if you want it, and voila. A homely cup of tea to bring you a warm smile, instead of a lukewarm, pale mess in a cracked plastic glass.
Tip #3: Get yourself a reusable water bottle
Simple, but effective. Get yourself a swish new water bottle to bring with you to the airport. Whether you’re bringing a cheap sports bottle from a discount store or you’re splashing out on a fancy, digital water tracking one, bringing a bottle with you comes with a tonne of benefits. Just make sure it’s empty when you go through security, because you can’t take liquids through.
Most, if not all airports have water refill stations, and if you can’t find one, take your bottle to the nearest bar or restaurant in the airport – they’ll be happy to fill it for you. This’ll also save you a fortune on paying the expensive airport prices for some regular bottled water.
Once you’re on your flight, getting the flight attendants to fill your bottle will save you asking for more cups of water as often, and it’s environmentally conscious. Winning all round.
Tip #4: Stay hydrated
This links really nicely with our third tip; stay hydrated while you’re in the air. Flying affects our bodies in many ways, including messing up our internal body clocks and natural rhythms, which means we need to make more of an effort to remember to do normal tasks when we’re above the clouds. Keeping yourself hydrated will not only prevent you from getting any in-flight headaches from dehydration, but it’ll also combat that horrible “just been on a plane” sniffle that feels inevitable after a holiday. While many of us assume this is caused by recirculated air causing germs that spread infection, flight attendants have shared that a lot of this illness is based on a lack of fluids making our bodies replicate flu- and cold-like symptoms. Stay smart, stay hydrated, and roll off of your plane like the goddess you know you are.
Tip #5: Invest in a travel pillow
Hear me out, here. I know they’re perhaps not the most fashionable of travel accessory, but travel pillows are a severely underrated necessity – especially on long haul flights. Whether it’s because you can’t get comfortable in your seat or you just want something to help prop your head up while you watch the in-flight entertainment, a travel pillow can do it all. Plus, you can even get inflatable ones that’ll fold into your hand luggage, so you don’t have to carry it all the way through the airport. There are some really fashionable designs or very cute animal-replica designs too, so chances are you’ll find one you really love. Next time you fly, you’ll be grateful to have it when you realise you can still turn your head left and right after 6 hours without chronic neck pain.
Well, there you have it. It’s not much, but hopefully these 5 travel tips will keep you somewhat more comfortable on your next flight. All that’s left to do is get booking a holiday…