How to make plane rides more comfortable

If you’re traveling anywhere for spring break hopefully this advice is coming just in time! Today I want to share some of my top tips for making your plane rides as comfortable as possible. I live in Dubai, which is a global melting pot, so I’m lucky enough to get the opportunity to travel quite a bit. Through my experience, I’ve managed to come up with a list of things that I always do to make my travel time fun and enjoyable.

Do something active before your flight

Personally, if I know that I’m going to be on a plane ride which is more than 5 hours, I like to do something active the morning of my flight in order to tire out my body. I usually have trouble sleeping on flights, and I get really restless if I’m not moving around for a long time. By exercising in the morning, I feel accomplished (as I know I haven’t just sat down all day on a plane), my body is more tired so I fall asleep easier, and I am less restless when I’m sitting down for a long period of time.

Have water available 

Staying hydrated on a flight is super important! It’s very easy to dehydrate without even knowing. Always make sure to have a water bottle and to fill it up in the airport before your flight, and don’t be scared to ask for extra water on the plane! I’ve even been on some planes recently where there is a small station to fill up your water bottle. Staying hydrated on a flight will make it easier to adjust when you land and will make you feel a lot less tired when you reach your destination.

Dress in layers

Is it just me, but when I’m on a flight I either seem to be really hot or really cold? This sometimes makes me super uncomfortable, and I’ll be sweating a lot or shivering in my seat. The temperature on a flight is unpredictable, so ensure that you dress in layers that are easy to put on and take off to make sure you’re not sweating or shivering.

Do your research

Flights are long periods of time where you don’t really have much to do; take advantage of this! Sometimes I just need to catch up on sleep, but other times I like to use this time productively. I would hate to be sitting on a flight bored, with nothing to do! So I usually look at what movies are offered on the plane, and if there’s something that isn’t on there I’ll download it on my phone. I also take some work with me if I feel like I could get something done on a flight. Whatever it means to you, just make sure you have enough to do on a plane.

I hope that some of these tips are helpful in making your flights as comfortable as possible! Let me know in the comments section if you use any of these tips and if you have any that you would add to this list? (I also wrote a blog post about my in-flight essentials you can click here if you would like to read it)

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Travel Essentials

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The summer holidays are so so close, and I am super excited to be heading out on all my summer adventures. I’m traveling a lot this summer, and I’m going to be taking a lot of plane rides. So I thought it might be useful to share what I usually take on the plane with me, and a few of my travel hacks for anyone else who is also traveling this summer.

When I was younger, I used to hate plane rides. I would get terrible plane sickness, and I would just find the plane journeys so boring. Luckily, since then I’ve grown out of my plane sickness, but there are still things I ensure to do on the plane to keep myself entertained.

To be completely honest I kind of enjoy the calmness of a flight, because it’s a block of time where you’re not connected to the internet (unless you use OnAir) and you can take some time to disconnect. I never used to fall asleep on flights, but now I’m so tired all the time (life of a high school student) that I usually just sleep for a lot of the flight. However, there are other things I like to get done on a flight, which I’ll share in this post.

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So, onto my travel essentials; I like to be prepared for any occasion, but from all my experience with flights I kind of know what I am going to need. Number one is a sturdy bag that closes properly, I don’t like traveling with a tote bag or something similar because you can’t zip them shut. And I prefer a backpack to a carry on case,  because you can just keep a backpack under the seat in front of you and it’s easier to get things out. The backpack I usually travel with is from Herschel, and it’s sturdy and easy to carry around.

In terms of essentials for the plane, the two things that I always make sure I have are a spare pair of socks and another huge sweater. I don’t know why, but for some reason, I always get really cold on plane rides, so I like to be prepared. I usually travel in a hoodie or a sweater in the first place, but I bring a second one for when I get really cold. Also, while you’re not wearing the second sweater you can ball it up and use it as a pillow. My feet also get really cold, so I am sure to have a spare pair of socks packed in my bag.

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For entertainment, I pretty much know what I enjoy doing on flights, but it may be different for you. If I’m on a plane where they have some movies or TV shows I’m interested in, I’ll just watch them for a bit, and if they don’t I’ll probably just download something on my phone, and use my headphones. But I don’t really watch TV for the whole plane ride, in fact, if it’s a short ride I actually just read a book, and for longer flights, I’ll watch some TV, but I like to also read, sleep, and get some homework done. I know it doesn’t sound very appealing, but if you’re on a long flight, you have a whole chunk of time where you can be productive, and I like it because it cuts down the amount of work I have to do when I get to my destination. I usually save the homework such as reading and taking notes for flights, things that don’t require too much energy. (also be sure to pack chargers for your laptop and phone + an adapter)

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Now for food and snacks, my favourite part! If you have read my blog at all, you will know that I am ALWAYS hungry. So on a flight, where I’m just sitting there for hours, I tend to get especially hungry. I’ll usually eat some of the meal they give you on the plane, but I also like to bring my own snacks. Things like popcorn are good to have, and protein balls fill me up for a really long time so they’re great to have with me. (the protein balls I have are the Sarahs_Day x The Health Lab ones) I’m also the kind of person that usually drinks A LOT of water throughout the day, and normally I stay really hydrated. So on a plane where you naturally get dehydrated, and I don’t have constant access to a water tap, I struggle a bit. It’s a good idea to bring a reusable water bottle that you can just ask the flight attendant to refill it. Also before I get on the plane I also like to get 2 huge bottles of water that will keep me going for the flight. One more thing that I keep in my plane bag is mint flavoured chewing gum. If you’re just feeling a bit groggy after a flight, or your ears are blocked from the altitude mint chewing gum will really help you.

Also if you get airsick, mint chewing gum will help take away that nauseous feeling. Another thing that will really help is finding a scent that will relax your body. What I mean by that is, using a roll on perfume or oil that will calm your body down and make you feel less nauseous. When I was younger and I felt really sick on flights, my dad used to cover a small towel with perfume and give it to me, and that would distract my body from feeling nauseous and sick.

I’ve created a downloadable list that has all of the items that I’ve been talking about so that you can easily tick off what you have for your flight. Little Miss Expat In Flight Packing List. I hope reading what I take on flights has been useful, and please be sure to let me know in the comments anything else that you take on flights, I would love to know! I hope everyone has an amazing summer and enjoys their travels!

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