Some people settle with the idea that flying is an uncomfortable experience, but that doesn’t need to be the case. And while we don’t have tricks for avoiding nosey seatmates who steal the armrest, we do have some simple tips that can make your journey a little more comfortable.
Choose the Right Plane
We all look at flight times and prices, but have you ever considered the plane make and model? If not, maybe you should. Some planes are more comfortable because of their higher humidity level and lower altitude, helping you breathe easier and relax (Added Bonus: Your skin won’t dry out as much). Check out the video to see which planes are best.
Plug ‘em Up
Wear ear plugs, and not just when you're trying to sleep. You may not realize how loud the engines are because the sound comes off as background noise, but according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the sound is typically around 85 decibels (dB) at cruising and can reach 120 dB at take-off and landing. The sound could affect your sleep, or unknowingly cause stress. If the sound really bothers you, pick a seat in front of the wings, which tend to be a little quieter.
Shut It Out
Eye shades are great for sleeping, especially as seat mates may have the glowing screens of their phones, laptops, or seat back TVs turned on during the flight. Pro Tip: Eye shades also do the trick for avoiding a talkative seatmate.
No Drinks Onboard
Hate to kill the fun, but you should avoid drinking alcohol too. Sure, it may ease your nerves, but flying already makes you dehydrated and alcohol only exacerbates the problem. Save the booze for a toast upon your arrival.
Monitor Screen Time
Finally, limit (or even go without) screen time. The blue screens and light can impact your sleep. Instead, kick it old school with a good book. Or, better yet, a boring one if shut-eye is your goal.