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Flying in Comfort: 7 Airplane Travel Tips for a Smooth Journey

Are you a frequent flyer? Do you struggle with long flights? You’re not alone. Many people suffer from anxieties focused on flying and airports.

But, there some pretty easy tips and tricks to help make your journey less of a burden.

We’ve got the top airplane travel tips you can try out today.

1. Be Prepared

Don’t wait until the last moment to go to the airport. You’ll have to run through, and you’ll be stressed by the time you make your flight. Instead, try and get there nice and early. The airline recommendations for arrival are usually a good guideline to follow.

Most airlines will recommend you show up around 90 minutes early for domestic flights, and around three hours early for international flights. If you live far from the airport or in an area prone to heavy traffic, keep your travel time in mind.

You should also make sure that you’ve checked in online, and, if possible, choose the best possible seat for your needs. Once you’re at the airport, you can see if you qualify for an upgrade for an extra level of comfort.

And, there are other things you can do to make your travel easier. If you haven’t yet, make sure to sign up for TSA Precheck, or other related services, that will allow you to skip the line at security.

2. Have Your Supplies

You don’t want to be relying on an airplane blanket on a long flight. Make sure you bring a great airplane pillow and blanket to keep you comfy. Pick up a water bottle once you’re through security, to make sure you stay hydrated.

You should also make sure you have the right luggage for your journey. If you’re traveling alone without extra help, you’ll want to make sure you can manage your luggage by yourself, so you should look into luggage with wheels, or a large hiking backpack if you plan to be moving around a lot.

And, make sure you don’t forget your headphones! While some airlines offer free headphones or headphones for a low cost, they likely will be of worse quality than the headphones you already own. If you have noise-canceling headphones, an airplane is a perfect opportunity to test them out. If you’d prefer to sleep on a plane, bring earplugs to drown out any noisy children.

3. Don’t Overpack

Carrying a ton of stuff in your carry-on bag is a recipe for back pain and not being able to find your stuff. If you need to be carrying a large quantity of stuff, you should probably shell out the extra funds to check in a case.

You don’t want to be digging in the depth of your carryon bag for your passport or wallet, either. Make sure that you’ve chosen an easy to manage carry-on bag that you’ll be able to find everything you need in, or make sure that you have a great purse or personal item that can fit into your carryon bag if need. 

While you’re at it before you leave for the airport make sure that you have everything you need. Passport, wallet, cash, itinerary, tickets— these are all important things when you’re heading to an airport.

4. Keep Yourself Safe

Airports and planes are a cesspool of bacteria, and especially in this day and age, it’s important to keep yourself safe. Bring plenty of hand sanitizer, and if possible make sure you wear a mask when you’re in close contact with people. You can even bring sanitizing wipes to clean the surfaces you touch and prevent the spread of disease. This is especially important during cold and flu season! 

You’ll also need to get up every few hours to keep the blood flowing in your body. If you’re prone to ankle swelling, make sure to wear compression socks.

5. Dress For Comfort, Not Fashion

You may prefer to look nice, but you should be attempting to dress for comfort as much as you possibly can when you’re taking a long plane ride. Anything constricted can stay in your luggage. Look for elastic or drawstring waistband.

Choose shoes that can be removed easily, like slides or slip-on shoes, so that you’ll be able to get through security quickly. Dress in layers, since planes tend to get pretty cold no matter how warm it is outside.

6. Take Care of Your Skin

Planes can really dry out your skin, so it’s important to moisturize in advance and bring moisturizer for your journey.

While you’re at it, if you’re a regular contact lens wearer you may want to switch to glasses for your flight. Planes can really dry out your eyes, and that combined with contact lenses can cause serious eye problems.

7. Pick The Right Snack

It’s important to have good etiquette on a plane. That means, no matter how much you want a tuna fish sandwich, it should probably wait until after your journey. No one wants to be smelling fish for the entire duration of a flight.

If you’re bringing a snack from home, make sure you pick something that doesn’t smell too strongly and won’t cause any stomach issues. You should also stay away from common allergens, like peanut butter. If you plan to pick up a snack at the airport, look for something healthy but easy to eat, like a sandwich.

Airplane Travel Can Be A Breeze

With the above tips, you should be feeling more comfortable on your next trip, whether you’re headed abroad or just to the neighboring state. And, you’ll be able to enjoy your destination without dreading the return trip!

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