Let’s be real. Flying sucks (unless you’re in first class, of course). So for peasants such as myself, economy seating is the way to go.
I dislike the wait times one must endure, the lack of space between seats, the bipolar air conditioner. I could go on, but I think you get the gist.
Over the years I’ve tried to find several ways to make travel a bit more pleasant. Here are just a few tips:
For starters, if you’re flying solo, avoid sitting in the middle. I usually take red eye flights, and let me tell you, it is no fun having complete strangers lean towards your side when you’re trying to get some shut eye. Personally, I like booking an aisle seat simply because I like to get up and stretch. Plus, I don’t bother anyone when I have to get up to use the restroom.
Second, stay hydrated. I’ve found that I often get sick when I travel. Usually, I feel my throat get so dry because of the air conditioning which chooses to not work in my favor. Sometimes it’s too cold, other times too hot… Sometimes both! So drink plenty of liquids – it’s recommended that you avoid caffeinated drinks.
You’ll find that in cold conditions you don’t always get a blanket provided by the airline. Consequently, I always pack a scarf; it acts like a blanket. I don’t carry neck pillows because I hate carrying more than I need to. However, I’ve found that the head rest part of your seat does the same function. You can fold the sides so that your head has a cushion to lean on any side. If you’re tall, it even stretches upwards.
As far as entertainment goes; I believe that airlines do a good job providing you with the latest in movies and shows, so no need to worry in that department. Though airlines provide you with their own headsets, I recommend using your own. I have no ulterior motive for this; I just prefer my own hearing device.
The food is often a hit or miss in my opinion. So, if you’re picky about your food I suggest bringing your own. The airports have many fast food chains; I’m sure you can find something that is to your liking. But please, be considerate of others when you choose your food. Avoid foods that are smelly like tuna or eggs, for example. And also stay away from foods that you know can potentially make you feel sick, such as greasy foods.
If you pack a clear liquids bag that you absolutely need to take with you, use the items contained within. Numerous times, I’ve included so many items to take with me because I believed these were items I absolutely needed. At the end, I ended up not even using them. Examples of such items are shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrush, or shaving cream. These are items that hotels usually give complimentary. I do like to take my toothbrush and toothpaste for long rides though.
Last but not least, dress comfortably. Wear shoes that are easy to remove at airport security and clothes that are breathable. Dressing comfortably does not mean that you’re losing fashion by the way! There’s a way to combine both. I’m no fashion expert though haha, so I can’t really help you in that area.
These are just a few of the things that work for me. Hope that they can be of assistance on your next flight too!