Tips for a Better Flight Experience

Flying can be a tedious task, but it doesn’t mean it has to be tedious all the time. Make it worth the trip with these tried and true tips: Pick a good seat Long-haul flights can take a toll on your body, so it’s a smart idea to decide beforehand which seat you’d be most […]

  • November 13, 2019

Flying can be a tedious task, but it doesn’t mean it has to be tedious all the time. Make it worth the trip with these tried and true tips:

Pick a good seat

Long-haul flights can take a toll on your body, so it’s a smart idea to decide beforehand which seat you’d be most comfortable in. Window, middle, aisle, and exit row seats do not offer the same value, and if’s best to pre-book your seat depending on your preference.

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Not sure where to start? Check out the website SeatGuru for a map and description of the seats.

Be on your best behavior

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This is self-explanatory, but it needs to be said: don’t harass the check-in agents, flight attendants, immigration officers and other airport or airline personnel. A bit of courtesy goes a long way, especially for those working in customer service.

Keep it healthy

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Bring snacks that are rich in protein so you don’t go hungry. If you’re ordering a meal for your flight, request a special meal so it gets delivered to you right away. The earlier your meal gets served, the earlier you’ll get to sleep or enjoy the rest of your flight.

Layer up

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Avoid constricting clothes and dress comfortably. Bring something you can layer on top of your clothes – a cardigan, jacket or even a scarf – so that you can put it on should you feel cold during your flight. It can also double as a pillow to lull you into a cozy shut-eye.

Bring your own entertainment

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Sure you can take advantage of the in-flight entertainment, but sometimes this perk comes at an extra price. Download your favorite movies or catch up with the hottest series on your laptop or tablet; bring a book or a magazine; keep yourself busy with crossword puzzles or even and adult coloring book.

Avoid self-medicating

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Some travelers choose to take a sleeping pill before boarding so they can get a good dose of rest while on-flight. However, this might only upset your sleeping pattern, especially if your flight ends up being delayed. If a sleeping aid is really necessary, try to experiment with the medication ahead of time so you can take note of possible side effects that might throw you off.

Drink tea instead of coffee

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You might crave a dose of caffeine during a tiring day of traveling, but coffee will actually keep you more dehydrated. Switching out coffee for green tea will not only help soothe your frayed nerves, it can also help with the possible effects of jet lag.

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