The most annoying part of any journey is flying in cramped spaces in noisy aircrafts with a mild nauseous felling and a periodic popping of the ears. What is more annoying is all that happening at night when you need that most important rest. Alas, nowadays it has become almost inevitable for practically everyone to travel by plane, annoying or not. So all that we can do to deal with the problem is find ways to make our trips less troublesome.
If you have an overnight flight, making some small arrangements and preparing yourself for the trip can easily help reduce your troubles. For starters, dress comfortably and in layers. You do not want to get stuck in a small space with tight undergarments, tighter pants and itchy shirts. Also, dressing in layers will help you to adjust to the temperatures inside the plane.
Next, bring a nice travel pillow along. Although the airlines will provide you with one, you must have one handy in case the pillow that you get on the plane doesn’t suit you or isn’t enough. Some people also prefer holding one to their chest while they sleep, so that extra pillow will certainly help. And don’t forget your eye masks and ear muffs, in case someone turns on the light or if some toddler starts crying.
When you’re on the plane and are not sleeping, find ways to entertain yourself. It is wise to bring some of your favourite magazines or books along with you for this purpose. An mp3 player and a set of headphones also won’t hurt. If it’s a long flight, the plane crew will probably play a movie on board, so that’s another option.
If you feel a little restless, move around. Go to the loo even if you don’t want to, just for the sake of giving your body some movement. Drink lots water and keep yourself hydrated. Have some snacks. If the movie bores you and if you’ve listened to all the songs on your ipod, then try some soft breathing exercises or simply close your eyes and meditate. And when you start feeling sleepy again, take out your sleeping gear and doze off. When you wake up, you’ll notice that you’ve reached your destination.
Admittedly, overnight flights are a pain in the neck, and quite literally so. But some simple preparations such as these can make your journey much more comfortable than (or at least not as annoying as) they would’ve been otherwise. Happy Flying!