- 24-48 hours before the flight, I reserve a seat in the back of the plane. The reason being that in the back more often than not there’s many seats still marked as empty/not reserved that are probably going to stay that way. When it’s time to board the plane, I go last. I wait til everyone has boarded and go in. When I make my way to the back of the plane (today it was row 61), I check if there’s any empty rows on the plane (like 3 or even 4 seats empty next to each other). If my chosen seat doesn’t have empty seats next to it, I take my backpack and move to that empty row. Since every passenger has already boarded the plane, the flight attendants will allow it.
Then I can comfortably stretch out and sleep if I want to. Speaking of sleep…
- I always try and book an overnight flight. Even when you’re crossing many time zones like I am today, it’s possible. My boarding time for the first flight was 9:45pm, and I will arrive in Zurich at 9am. With the time difference, I’ve got plenty of time on my first flight and on the first half of my second flight to work, listen to podcasts and/or watch movies, and then to sleep. Since now you’ve got that empty row with lots of space for the same price, there won’t be any back pain or strains that are usually attached to long-haul flights. 😉 Also, they will usually turn of the lights on overnight flights. But if they don’t…
- I always pack 3 things: A sleeping mask, warm socks, and a pair of huge, comfy sweatpants. Whoever said wearing sweatpants meant having lost control over your life clearly never traveled comfortably (I’m looking at you, Karl Lagerfeld). That is what I pack for a good sleep.
- To stay healthy and fresh, I pack: A toothbrush, an empty water bottle, skin moisturizer, lip balm.
First off: It’s essential to brush your teeth even if you’re in this kind of limbo state over the clouds. The reason I say this is that nobody does it. Or have you previously seen every passenger get up with their toothbrush and make their way to the restrooms? Neither have I.
Also, being in the air and with the air con blasting means your skin and lips are going to need a lot of hydration and care. Hence the moisturizer and lip balm, but especially the water bottle. I always go with a full water bottle, drink it before security, take it through security, then fill it up at the gate. In South East Asia you will usually find drinking water where you can fill up your bottle, and in most other countries using tap water is perfectly safe.
- I reserve a special meal before the flight. You will need to do that at least 48-hours before the flight. For all the vegans: Did you know “vegan vegetarian” is not the only option for us? Options like “Vegetarian Oriental” or “Vegetarian Indian” are often vegan as well or contain eggs but no dairy, and the “Fruit Platter” is obliviously vegan. Having reserved a special meal beforehand also means you get your meal first.
Once you implement all of these 5 tips, your flight experience is going to change, I promise! I will for sure use my own hacks when I move to Barcelona, even if the flight is a short one.
Do you have any special tips when it comes to flying? Leave them down below in a comment!
Happy Friday, loves. x