Nobody likes being uncomfortable during a long domestic or international flight. Surely we don’t want it to ruin our whole journey ahead. So here are some Kool
tips to help you minimise uneasiness and discomfort. These tips can also help you past the time on your long haul flights.
Feel like you’re floating on the clouds
Bring something to entertain yourself. Some planes have in-flight movies; but if your flight doesn’t or is showing movies that you have already seen then you’ll probably need to bring your own portable device like an iPhone, iPad, Nintendo DS, or a mini DVD player to pass the time. If you’re more old school, bring a good book (bring along your travel book to read up on your destination), some recent magazines or the daily newspaper to keep you occupied for the journey.
Bury your nose in a good book (maybe one that suits the whole travel theme)
Play some games
on board with your portable device or by bringing a stack of UNO cards and some Sudoku or logic puzzles. But remember not to cause too much noise for other passengers on the flight.
If you already own an iPod, then this shouldn’t be a problem. Stock up on your favourite music and latest songs to zone out during your journey. Some flights have in-flight music so you can tune in to that.
Ear plugs or an iPhone- your pick for peace and quiet
It’s tough to find peace and quiet at times on a flight, especially when you really intend to sleep or take a rest during your journey. iPhone users, there are several download applications you can download like ‘Sleep Relaxation’ or ‘Sleepmaker Rain Lite’ that can help you fall asleep in the fastest yet easiest way. Just pop your headphones, run the app and fall back into a deep sleep. Or just bring a pair of noise cancelling earphones or earplugs- that should keep noisy snores
Remember to have a bite and some drinks on the plane, so order your hot meal for sustenance during your long trips (don’t skip your meals). If you think you might feel hungry in between, it’s good to carry some dry snacks. Take some sweets, gum and protein bars with you. Most airport customs allow manufactured, packaged food products in small quantities for your own self-consumption on board. Fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and by-products are strictly prohibited.
Stock up on chocolates!
Do check out the latest security listings on what is allowed/ not allowed on the plane before you get on board. Remember not to pack foods that have strong odours- you wouldn’t wanna upset your fellow passengers. You should also bring along some over-the-counter medications to counter any pains and aches during your flight.
If you’re in for a night flight, stay cosy and bring a sweater or jacket as it can get incredibly cold. Some planes offer blankets, so you might want to borrow one for the night too. Plan to sleep on the plane? Come prepared with a travel pillow or head restraint. Don’t carry too much
when you’re on board. Before going on your flight, pack your own amenity kit that’s equipped with a disposable toothbrush, a mini tube of toothpaste, eyeshades, eye drops, a lip balm, socks, a mini –pack of tissues/ wet wipes and a deodorant stick.
Your very own basic, personalised amenity kit
Remember to move around as well when you’re on a flight. Combat poor circulation, swelling, cramps, sore joints and lethargy by doing some short exercise routines during your flight. You can refer to the in-seat exercises guide on your flight that you can easily perform at your own seat. Stretch your legs by taking a stroll up and down the aisle once awhile.
So say goodbye to uncomfortable, long flights! We hope these tips will help you so you won’t come off the plane as a grouch and looking like your own passport photo.
What about you? Share with us how you stay comfortable on a flight.