As airlines continue to cram more passengers into smaller seats, the thought of a long flight can wear travelers down. However, there are a few things you can do to decompress, make air travel more comfortable and help you stay calm during a long flight.
CNN shares valuable tips from travel experts to enjoy your next flight.
Be on Time
Some people tend to over-plan, but there’s nothing wrong with wanting to be on time. Travel is supposed to be enjoyable, after all. Avoid stress by not running late to the airport and getting stuck in security lines.
Being early also lets you take in the experience. Get through lines on time, take an opportunity to use the restroom, browse the gift section, answer emails or get some work done.
Make use of your time, and do the little things that help you decompress; even if it means reading your favorite magazine.
Invest in Yourself
Focus on taking care of your personal wants prior to boarding. This can keep you in better spirits and set in motion a relaxed flight.
Whether it’s a quick drink at the bar or a good book, make sure you are fulfilling your needs.
Some airline loyalty programs even offer complimentary alcoholic beverages to members in coach. But remember, overdoing alcohol is dehydrating and may even increase anxiety.
Stay Connected with In-Flight Wi-Fi
Now that Wi-Fi is offered by most commercial airlines, it’s time to put it to use!
It’s easy to forget how glued we are to our mobile devices. Average users check their phones 110 times a day, according to data from the app Locket.
In-flight Wi-Fi is the perfect time to use your mobile device to connect with family, email with friends or catch up with followers on social media. Life at 30,000 feet provides you with a large amount of uninterrupted time and is the perfect place to read a funny article or listen to a podcast.
If you choose to opt out of Wi-Fi, you can always use a pen and paper to write letters to family or friends.
Create a Buffer Zone Around You
Foam earplugs or headphones are two tools that can help cancel out loud jet engines or chatty seatmates. If plugging in and tuning out is more of your style, keep an iPad loaded with the latest TV series, podcast or music.
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