Sitting in the same position for hours on end in a cramped space is no easy feat, but luckily there are many ways to elevate your airplane experience.
Bag or backpack.
This is a given but you definitely need something to store everything you’ll be bringing onto the plane. I personally prefer a backpack so that my two hands are free when navigating the airport, but many also like bring tote bags.
Some form of entertainment.
This can be either earphones or headphones to plug into your device, allowing you to listen to some music or watch a movie. This could perhaps also be a book, a kindle, or maybe just a podcast to listen to.
A way to refresh yourself.
It is not uncommon to feel a little iffy after sitting in an
A jacket or some form of outerwear.
The interior of an airplane tends to get cold due to the air conditioning they turn on, and after sitting still for so long, it’s easy to get a little chilly. Airplanes usually provide a blanket but if you prefer, bringing your own jacket or blanket is also a good idea.
Following on from my previous point, cold airplanes and no movement of the body usually results in cold feet if you like to take off your shoes in the cabin. This is where warm, thick socks come in handy, so you can at least make sure that your feet are toasty.
Antibacterial wipes / hand sanitiser.
If you’re a bit iffy about germs and bacteria on the plane, you may want to bring antibacterial wipes to wipe down the area around your seat, especially the tray table. Hand sanitiser may be useful before and after meals, but is still no substitute for washing your hands.
Eyemask and earplugs.
While an airplane seat may be a little uncomfortable, it’s still a good place to catch up on some sleep. If you can’t fall asleep with light or sound around you, it may be a good idea to bring an eyemask or earplugs.
For some reason, cabin air tends to be really drying on my lips, so I like to bring a tube of lip balm to ensure that I don’t get off the plane with chapped lips.
Airplane rides can get a little boring, so bringing some food to snack on could be a fun way to pass time. However, be considerate of those around you and don’t bring any food items that people may be allergic to e.g. nuts.
A change of clothing.
A spare outfit can doubly ensure that you don’t get too cold on the plane, and can also be a lifesaver in the case of an emergency. If you’ve ever worried about your luggage being lost, no fear because you have everything prepared in your carry on.