Flying here and there is always super fun, right?! Ha! Not always. But cheer up, buttercup! There are tons of ways to those long haul flights enjoyable.
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1) Get yourself a cocktail kit.
I’m afraid to admit that I’m one of those people that’s known for being unreasonable thrifty (I prefer that phrase that over cheap). I think it’s absolutely insane to pay 7USD for a shot or a beer when I can get a six pack in the grocery store for that much.
Unfortunately that’s your only option as opening bringing your own is a big no no according to Big Brother. But damn! If I’m spending 7USD for some vodka, I best be drinking a real Bloody Mary and none of that boring ass tomato juice with some vodka! This, ladies and gentleman, is where cocktail kits come into play.
Not only do you get to kill a little time making your concoction, but you get a damn good drink at 30,000ft in the air! You can pick between tons of different drinks; Hot Toddy, Bloody Mary, Moscow Mule… The list goes on and on!
Check them all out here and get yo’ drink on!
2) Make “Thank You” goodie bags for your flight attendants and seat neighbors and pass them out.
These are one of my absolute favorite things to do because it puts everyone around you in a wonderfully positive mood. It’s one of those little acts of kindness that is a ridiculously easy win-win for everyone involved.
To start, get yourself some little bags (cute or Ziplock, doesn’t matter) and fill ‘em with all the little goodies you can find! Candies, salty snacks, ear plugs, gum, and a little “happy travels!” note will all be super appreciated.
Flight attendants are on their feet all day, and the service industry is not an easy one! This will ensure not only that their day is made, but that you’re well taken care of, too!
3) Get an adult coloring book.
I just recently discovered adult coloring books, and guys, I’m hooked! It’s such an immense stress reliever! For those of us that aren’t exactly easy flyers, this is a godsend! You take out your coloring book and markers, and bam! Your mind is suddenly focused on something completely other than the fact that you’re in a metal object super high above ground/safety.
4) Pick up a charging battery case for your phone.
Up until about a month ago or so, I was always one of those people hovering over the electrical socket at the airport if someone looked like they were about to unplug so I could ensure I’d have enough juice for the plane. I was always sending super positive thoughts upwards hoping there would be a USB plug on my armrest in the plane. Half the time I was devastated, half the time I was ecstatic.
My mother (being the gem she is), decided to get me a Mophie iPhone case for my birthday. I was a bit skeptical at first seeing as it’s a bit chunky, but guys, it’s a game changer! There’s now a whole extra battery waiting for me whenever I need! Better yet, I now feel much less guilty playing Candy Crush on the plane knowing I have that back-up battery.
5) Pull a Grandma.
People like to tease me for this (I don’t know why ‘cause it’s super cool), but I LOVE knitting. It’s one of those things that once I start, I can’t stop until my hands are cramping and begging me to do so.
Anyone with any type of anxiety an benefit HUGE from knitting, especially nervous flyers. Make sure to check with your airline and airport to see if you can bring your knitting needles. Everyone seems to have a different policy on whether or not they’re permitted. A quick tweet will do!
Wooden needles will generally be your best bet for flying!
6) Change your mindset.
When I first started traveling abroad, I was always super bummed for the plane ride. Nine hours?! On a plane?! But it’ll be so boring! How ever am I supposed to keep myself entertained?! Enter the beauty of doing nothing.
My favorite kind of Sunday afternoon usually involves lots of food, lots of sleep, and lots of mindlessness. It’s my one day to sit back, relax, and literally do nothing of any importance at all. This is how I began looking at long flights. It’s my one time to sit back, relax, and enjoy my flight as the captain likes to remind us every so scriptedly.
7) Invest in some sleeping essentials.
I recently got upgraded to a first class flight to Rome after a women sitting next to me on my previous flight got super drunk and tried to fondle me. That was a bummer, but my first class, nine hour flight was up there as one of my favorite travel experiences. One of the reasons it was so utterly cool was due to the little gifts I got when I boarded.
Ear plugs, nice socks, slippers, and super cozy sleep mask were all I needed to sleep like a sound little bunny! Before that, I had never thought these little things could make a difference but they really do; especially the sleep mask!
Here’s a sleep mask that’s lightweight, soft, and contouring so the bridge and side of your nose doesn’t get uncomfy!
8) Bring your favorite snacks and treats.
I’m a grump when I’m hungry, plane (Ha!) and simple. I usually keep some kind of snack on me no matter where I am to avoid WW3 breaking out inside my tummy. This is essential for a happy traveling Jamie.
You can pack yourself a little lunch of whatever you please, whether it be cheese and crackers or chocolate or olives or all the above. Make sure to keep your tummy full to be the happiest traveler you can be!
9) Have a look at SeatGuru.
SeatGuru.com is a site that lets you look at the seats on your plane and read reviews of them. You get to see if there’s ample leg room, if the seat reclines, if there’s a window (not all “window” seats have windows!) and so much more. You get a complete analyzation on the plane you’ll be flying, and all you’ll need is your flight number or route.
With this nifty tool you can easily decide what seat works best for you before your flight.
10) Bring a water bottle.
I never feel like I’m hydrated enough when traveling, and I never get enough to drink with the meals that come with long haul flights. Being thirsty on a flight is just so uncomfortable, and you should be drinking probably way more than you already are.
To combat this, buy yourself a refillable water bottle with a built in filter that you can fill up after you go through security. One of my faves is this Brita bottle. It’s my one true water bottle love.
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