If you are a frequent flyer, you probably spend a good number of hours in flight. The worst thing that can happen, is that you have a less than comfortable experience in flight. Granted, there are a lot of factors that come into play in having a good versus a bad trip…some you have no control over and others, you do. Here are some travel tips to help you address those things that you do have control over, so that you can stay comfortable and relaxed every time you fly.
Noise: Between roaring jet engines, screaming babies and chatty neighbors, a frequent flyer must come well prepared in order to have a noise free experience. Here are a few travel tips to address the noise in flight:
- Noise Canceling Head Phones: Owning your own headphones is a must for the frequent flyer. They rescue you from using the airline headsets which tend to be low quality and, at times, questionable in regards to hygiene. Noise canceling head phones, however, make the in flight experience that much more comfortable. Not only do they allow you to listen to your own entertainment in flight, but they have superpower ability to block out unwanted noise. Generally, those head phones that cover your ears, such as Bose QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones are best for canceling out noise. However, we continue to see ear-buds on the market that claim great results, such as the Panasonic RP-HC55-S Noise-Cancelling Earbud Headphones. If convenience is a factor, the ear-buds might be a better option.
- Ear Plugs: If you don’t want to spring for a good quality set of noise canceling headphones, then you should consider at least bringing a set of ear plugs. Although the ear plugs don’t do as good or thorough of a job canceling out the noise, they are much lighter (and cheaper) than the headphones.
Seat Comfort: Let’s face it, airline seats, especially those in coach or economy class are not all that comfortable. As a frequent flyer, I often get upgrades, and I have to say, even First Class or Business Class seats leave a little something to be desired. If you will be in flight for less than two hours, you can deal with a little discomfort. If, however, you are flying for a longer haul or are a frequent flyer who boards planes twice a week, then follow these travel tips to make your seat more comfortable:
- Neck Pillow: I’m not a big fan of lugging a squishy, over-sized neck pillow on board, but there are some good products that you can use that take up very little space. The Samsonite Double Comfort Travel Pillow with Pouch, for instance, comes with two inflatable chambers for greater comfort and support, or the Samsonite Convertible Travel Comfort Pillow, which packs neatly into your roll-on.
- Lumbar Support: The one thing I find most uncomfortable with airplane seats is the lack of lumbar support. Once again, you can get a support that is inflatable, like the Back Booster 1001 Inflatable Lumbar Support Cushion or The Original McKenzie Self-Inflating Airback.
- Temperature: The temperature in the airplane cabin can vary greatly from airline to airline, destination to destination and trip to trip. My travel tips for this are as follows: Dress in layers so that you can adjust for the in flight temperature variances. For instance, you might wear a t-shirt (undershirt), a button down shirt, a sweater and a blazer. If you are a woman, avoid wearing skirts so that your legs remain warm in flight. Also, make use of the blankets when needed. Finally, extremities get coldest in flight, so pack a pair of warm socks in your carry-on.
Air Quality: If you are a frequent flyer, there is a good chance you suffer from dehydration. Not only does your body suffer, but so do your skin and mucus membranes. Obviously, it is important to drink plenty of water in flight, but also before and after the trip. A few things to consider packing and taking in the carryon include:
- Lubricating eye drops
- Lip balm
- Nasal gel
Light: If you are flying overseas or crossing timezones, you are probably hoping to get a few hours of sleep in flight. Some airlines will provide you with a sleeping mask to help. However, many of the free sleeping masks aren’t very comfortable or very helpful. I’d recommend that you invest in a higher quality sleeping mask that blocks out light and is more comfortable than those that are handed out by the airline. A couple to try: Dream Essentials Sweet Dreams Contoured Sleep Mask with Earplugs and Travel Pouch which also comes with earplugs or Dream Zone- Earth Therapeutics Sleep Mask.
What travel tips do you have to help a frequent flyer be more comfortable in flight?