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.
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!