8 Tips on getting totally comfortable on a long flight

8 Tips on getting totally comfortable on a long flight

We all know the struggle during long haul flights. For me it is the lack of sleep, the swollen feet, the annoying bloated feeling I get after the flight, etc… During my travel years, I learned quite a few tricks to cocoon myself and actually enjoy my time in the airplane more comfortably.

Of course I want to share these tips with you. Most of them are super easy, logical and effective, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the flight!

1. Get yourself into comfy clothes

Rule number uno for me is to get my sweatpants and hoodie on! Find comfy and warm pieces of clothing that you like and pack it in your hand luggage. And ladies… feel free to take off that bra! I know you want to!

If you don’t want to get off the plane looking like a mess, you can always prepare your regular clothes and put them on again before landing.

2. Get Fresh

Don’t you love to feel all fresh and clean so you can totally relax? Well you should do the same on a plane! So brush that teeth & take off that make up. If you wish you can put on some day creme or moisturizer on your face so it stays hydrated. It will literally help you face the dry airplane air.

If you wear contact lenses, you should take them off and put on your glasses. Also, putting your hair in a bun is totally allowed.

Same thing goes for this tip…if you want to look presentable after your flight, just put on some make up and get ready again maybe 30 minutes before landing.

3. Get Cozy

Getting cozy for me mostly means getting warm and cocooning myself.

First thing I do is taking off my shoes and putting on warm (and fluffy) socks. Next step is using the airline’s pillow and blanket to cover most of my body. If you wish, you can always bring your own blanket as well.

4. Get some sleep

This could be a tricky part. If you are one of the lucky few that falls asleep EVERYWHERE. Hooray! I have no more tips for you on this. Skip to nr 5.

However if you have issues like me, I want to give my personal tricks right now.

Shut yourself off from the outside

You can get an eye mask to shut down your sight, and ear plugs to shut down your hearing.

Use a good travel pillow

I don’t know about you, but the typical white airplane pillow just won’t do it for me as a head pillow. I use that one for my lower back.

For my neck I found a great product that could also help you sleep more comfortable: The Trtl Pillow. It looks like a neck burrito, but it has super good support! It is lightweight and in soft fleece fabric. I just love that you can take it everywhere you want to sleep or take a nap, not just in airplanes. After  your journey you can just put it in the washing machine and re-use it every time.

The company has other products for travellers seeking comfort, such as socks with good compression (helps against the swollen feet). Besides I just love their slogan ” Sleep when you can, so you can be awake when it matters”… damn right!

I will show you how easy it is to use it in pictures.

Calm your body & mind

You can listen to calming music on a soft volume. Most of the inflight media today have CD’s with medication music, celtic music, bird chirping and other nature sounds, etc.. try it out.

An other simple trick that I do (even at home) is putting on some aromatic essence oil on my wrists and neck. Amber and lavender are scents that could be helpful for sleeping and relaxing.

Sleeping/calming pills

Now this is ONLY if you have a BIG trouble sleeping or if you feel a bit anxious flying. I don’t do it myself, but if you want to, make sure to consult your doctor before getting them.

5. Get that body hydrated

A VERY important thing that I mentioned quickly before: Stay hydrated. The air inside an air plane is super dry, it’s artificially made as you are way up in the sky. You need that water, so your body feel at easy at all times. Nobody wants to feel dizzy or weak after a flight!

They usually pass on bottles of water, drink it. If you finish, go to the galley (“kitchen”) and ask the cabin crew for more. If you pay attention they also pass regularly with glasses of water. Take as much as you want.

An extra tip on this : do not get hydrated on coffee or alcohol. Drinking this too much may cause disturbance in your body. Just stick with water.

6. Get your movies on

As a professional binge watcher I LOVE INFLIGHT MOVIES! I can watch 2 to 4 movies on a long flight, depending on how sleepy I am feeling.  If you don’t really like movies, you could try the documentaries/ destination information videos they have. But I suggest to watch at least one, even better if it is one from outside of Hollywood.

7. Get social or anti-social

Now this depends on your character of course.

Are you a social/extrovert person? Then I am sure you have a lot to talk about with your travel mates. You can also try to engage a conversation with a stranger or even the cabin crew at the back when they are on breaks. I am sure they wouldn’t mind (ex cabin crew speaking).

Now what if you are more anti-social/introvert person like me? Then you can listen to your favourite music or scroll through the inflight media and try listening to new music. You can read a book, play games or even prepare/review your travel plans and itinerary.

pssss: here is my little guide on how to plan your trips!

8. Get some exercise ( walk, stretch, head/arms/hands exercises)

I am not talking about doing cardio in the plane… but it is beneficial if you move around once in a while during a long flight to get that blood circulation going. Get up, do a tour around the plane. You can also stretch a little bit at the back where the toilets are.

Even if you are sitting, you can do some foot pumps, ankle circles, leg raises, shoulder rolls, etc…

And that is that!

Ladies and gentlemen we just arrived at our destination. On behalf of JessicAirlines and the entire Jessikatrips crew I’d like to thank you for joining us on this read and we are looking forward to seeing you on board again in the near future. Have a nice stay!



  1. November 26, 2018 / 04:13

    hi there, these are some amazing tips that one should follow while traveling. Amazing post.

  2. November 29, 2018 / 00:43

    I have always experience discomfort in my trips, i will definitely try this tips out and i will get back to you.
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    • jessikat
      November 29, 2018 / 08:27

      Great! let me know yes

  3. December 1, 2018 / 21:27

    I can NEVER sleep on a flight 👎🏻 I’m the person popping sleeping pills and constantly meditating. I always forget to get up and walk around too! Fab post 😊

  4. December 2, 2018 / 02:01

    These are some awesome tips! Going on 13-hour flight tomorrow so hopefully these will help. Thanks for sharing!

  5. December 13, 2018 / 03:14

    Comfy clothes, that’s the essential tip, it worked so well for me. I think the best part was my super comfortable shoes, they got me cozy and relaxed in no time – easy to slip on and off too!

    • jessikat
      December 13, 2018 / 06:25

      having warm and comfy body/feet is super important!

  6. December 28, 2018 / 07:49

    These are really helpful tips for long flight travel and I hope people will follow them and get benefits. Thanks

  7. January 15, 2019 / 09:00

    Hi Dear, What a fantastic post! On JESSIKATRIPS Web. This is so chock full of useful information I can’t wait to dig deep and start utilizing the sources you’ve given me about Tips On Getting Totally Comfortable On A Long Flight. Very ingenious.

  8. January 18, 2019 / 09:53

    Great tips!

    For me, the biggest issue has always been my stomach. Eating just about anything makes me feel constipated and bloated. Through experience, I have found the best solution for me is to not eat at all.
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    • jessikat
      January 19, 2019 / 02:54

      You managr to not eat for so long?? Wow

  9. January 28, 2019 / 10:21

    Thanks for sharing these amazing tips with us. I really liked your post.

    Keep sharing…!!!

  10. February 26, 2019 / 10:12

    I travel with a ton of stuff because I need my photography stuff, laptops, tablets etc and soon everything becomes really unwieldy and heavy. I simply cannot pack light but a dry bag is a great idea as is the torch especially for many destinations in Asia where electricity outages can be a common occurrence.

  11. March 12, 2019 / 10:06

    I thing drinking the water is also for comfort zone. it’s my personal experience.

  12. March 18, 2019 / 10:12

    Hey Jessikat,

    First of all thanks for your wonderful post. A piece of good content you share here. it is very fabulous to read such kinds of advice.

    • jessikat
      May 15, 2019 / 18:17

      Hahaha yes, when i could afford it haha

  13. July 5, 2019 / 05:55

    Long flight is really exhausting. That’s why you really have to just enjoy it. Most of the time, to make my flight still productive, I read books, edit the photos from the cities I travelled to or video editing. I’m a vlogger by the way.

  14. October 15, 2019 / 03:32

    This is some really good information about getting ready for a long flight. I liked that you explained that you would want to wear a nice warm hoodie on a flight. That seems like a really smart thing to do.

  15. December 4, 2019 / 11:33

    Good list of tips. I like your suggestion on loading up on entertainment. I consider a long-haul flight as a gift of free time. Time to spend on being entertained: watching a movie I’ve been keeping for the flight, reading up on my destination, or listening to podcasts, perfect entertainment for tired eyes.

  16. ASH Green
    December 28, 2019 / 06:55

    Wow 🙂
    This is an incredible collection of ideas!
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