We’d LOVE to take 1st class every trip… but let’s be sensible.
I’ve learned to cut down on some of the luxuries I wasted money on in the past, and that has led to an abundance of adventures and experiences! Through the years I have come to manage comfort in Economy Class and I’m here to share it with you!
Here is my meticulous, yet helpful, routine for comfort on long flights:
1. Know your seat preference. Do you have long legs? Choose an isle seat. Do you prefer to rest your head? Choose the window seat. Whichever is comfortable for you, choose when booking! **Also, don’t choose the first few rows. Families with children tend to choose these seats 😉
2. Sanitation wipes. No. I’m not a germaphobe, but in order for me to be comfortable, I do need a sense of cleanliness before seating. So, I take my Lysol Wipes and wipe down my entire seating area (seat, armrests, tv screen, remote…basically anything I am going to touch). It may sound OCD but it actually does feel and smell better knowing my living area for the next 6+ hours is clean by MY standards.
3. Memory Foam Neck Pillow. This type of neck pillow is the most comfortable! You don’t have to worry about it deflating or beans falling out. And, most importantly, IT’S SUPPORTIVE! Without my neck pillow, I’d never be able to rest. Let’s face it, the pillows they provide are pretty useless.
4. Noise cancelling headphones. I love children. I do. But sometimes they are your worst nightmare when they cry for 8 hours straight! Plus, the headphones provided are often reused and just the foam is replaced. So they may not work, or have not been cleaned properly.
5. Hydrate. I know it’s a pain to get up throughout the flight, but drink LOTS of water. This isn’t just for hydration, it’s for overall health!
6. Low Sodium. When I fly, I tend to puff-up. One way to prevent this is to choose a low-sodium or even gluten-free meal option. You get a more, wholesome variety and less “fillers”! You can choose these options before your flight. Meal options are usually under “manage booking.”
7. Compression socks. Again, I swell pretty good when I don’t practice # 3-4. And the WORST is when you swell so much you can’t put your shoes back on before landing. Not only do these keep my feet and ankles at a normal size, they also help with circulation… win, win!
8. Get up, and stretch. After I sleep, I walk around and preform these stretches for about 15-20 min:
They help stimulate mitochondria, increase circulation, and improve posture! Who cares if people look at you funny? I’d rather look ridiculous than be in poor health.
9. Moisturize. Whether you’re male or female, it’s uncomfortable to have dry, cracked skin. Sometimes airlines will supply you with some, but they aren’t the best at hydrating your skin. Bring a travel-sized tube of lotion and your favorite lip moisturizer. Your skin will thank you!
10. Massage. This little tip is optional. Yes, it’s one more thing to pack into your carry-on, but its small, light and rolling it under your foot during the flight can be so relaxing that you’ll feel like you’re getting the 1st class treatment!
(BONUS) 10. Woo your flight attendant. We are all human. And a lot of us are rude. So imagine having to wait on hundreds of rude people a day.
I have many friends that are flight attendants and they’re more inclined to help/pamper those that are friendly and kind, than those that are demanding and dismissive.
So, treat your attendants like your new best friends. Ex: If it’s the red-eye, get a couple extra lattes from Starbucks. Or, if it’s a holiday, bring small goody bags for the flight crew (they don’t want to work on holiday’s just like the rest of us). The point is, small gestures can go a long way!
Do you have any flying tips?! I’d love to hear them in the comments below!