We all love to go abroad, but the holiday doesn’t have to only start when you reach the other side. We’ve pulled together our favourite life hacks which could turn the flight journey into a breezy start to your trip.
The Standard Neck Pillow
Even if you’re not one of the gifted few who can actually fall asleep on a plane, bring along a neck pillow to maximise relaxation. Some long haul flights supply complimentary pillows for passengers, but sometimes one pillow isn’t enough. Bring a good quality neck pillow for some good quality snoozing, or to keep yourself upright for cocktails with a view (of the cotton ball clouds).
A Bag Within a Bag
Don’t be the person going into the overhead storage every two minutes to “just grab that thing”. Collect all of your essentials (phone, money, headphones, pet, charger, etc.) and pop it into a small bag or pouch which can be carried in your main hand luggage. This way, you will have all of your must-haves in one place and won’t need to wake the sleeping man for the sixth time…
Noise Cancelling Headphones
A must-have for solo journeys. Grab yourself a pair of noise cancelling headphones to experience peace and harmony throughout your journey. Stick on some Spanish guitar music or steel drum beats and picture the sand at your feet to start your holiday early.
A Gigantic Scarf/Cardigan
Be more like Lenny Kravitz and dig out that abnormally large yet snuggly scarf. It may not be the temperature for it, but it is great to double up as a blanket on a flight. If you’re not a scarf lover, a cardigan will work just as well (as long as it is super-sized).
Top tip: If you don’t feel the cold, the accessory of your choice can also be rolled up and used as a pillow. Perfect!
Charge Your Devices
It may be an obvious one, but it is easily forgotten. There is nothing worse than being in the middle of the film you saved just for this flight, and it cuts off. If you’re travelling with young ones, films and games on devices are a great way to keep them entertained for the journey.
Top tip: Try to pick up a portable charger before you travel. It will not only help for in-flight battery emergencies, but it’s also useful for when you’re out and about when you reach your destination.
Whether you’re travelling with a small child or not, baby wipes can be handy in plenty of situations. Messy eater? Baby wipe. Done with wearing makeup? Baby wipe. Feeling a bit stinky? Baby wipe.
Ditch the Underwire… Or Just the Bra Altogether
Girls, don’t put yourself through the discomfort and get yourself a comfy cotton bra. Don’t worry though, there are plenty of fashionable ones out there. If you can’t find one that you like, just go without. It is definitely worth it for the snugness.
Tracksuit bottoms, leggings, cotton shorts or baggy trousers – they’re all great for travel comfort. Lets face it, if you’re travelling in jeans then you’re doing it wrong. Want to look good in the airport? Fine! Just pack them in your bag and do a quick switch in the toilets before you board the plane.
Great for a night flight, because there’s always one person messing around with the window blinds. Block out the light to dream about that first dip in the warm sea…
Top tip: Some sleep masks are specially designed to relive eye pressure, reduce headaches and improve blood circulation – useful for anyone who struggles from pressure headaches during flights.
It doesn’t matter how short your flight is, you will feel hungry. Stock up on delicious snacks before the flight. Even if you don’t end up eating them whilst on board, you never know how long the customs queue is on the other side…
Travel Moisturiser and Lip Balm
The air conditioning on a plane can be a bit much sometimes, so make sure you come prepared. Pack some lip balm and travel-sized moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated, ready for that summer glow.
Socks and Slider Sandals
Socks and sandals may be considered as a fashion faux pas, but socks paired with comfy athletic sliders are the way forward for flights. Imagine a situation where you are relaxed in your seat with your shoes off and you need to get up to go to the toilet. Instead of struggling to 1) Find your shoes and 2) Slip them on and tie your laces without shuffling around and annoying the person next to you, you could simply slide on your sandals and be on your way. Genius, right?
Top tip: This also works with compression socks for long haul flights.
We hope that our list of Things to Make Your Flight More Comfortable has inspired you. If now all you need is to find a flight, find some inspiration here.