Ensure Your Flight Is Smooth With These Handy Tips And Tricks Apr 11, 2017 by Cathy (Awesome Escape Blogger)

The last thing you want to deal with when you're all set to take that long-awaited vacation, is to start it off with a crappy flight. Let's face it, a lot of things could ruin your flight. From crying babies and arguing couples, to harsh temperatures and bland food, there're lots of things that can put a damper on your inflight experience, largely most of which is out of your control. Unless you have access to your own private jet where you could take a nap in a king-sized bed or have a workout in the onboard gym, you might just have to tough it out with the rest of us. Having said that, there are some things that are in your control, so let’s have a look at a few simple strategies that will help you get from point A to point B with a smile on your face.

Don’t Forget Your Plugs

Ear plugs will save the day when you just need the noise to stop. These come especially useful if you’re lucky enough to get a seat near an unhappy toddler. It's funny how such an incredible invention, whose only function is to drown out noise, is hardly ever used on a plane. The soft, wax ones are the best to bring because they mold easily to your ear and you’ll be surprised by how much of the ruckus they can actually block out. Once applied, you can take a nap or get back to reading your book in peace. They also work fabulously in hotel rooms in cases where wild partygoers are roaming the halls in the wee hours of the morning. Try them – you’ll be glad you did!

Bring Your Own Snacks

Chances are pretty slim that you’ll be getting lunch or dinner on any flight these days. However, that might not be such a bad thing considering the majority of airline food tastes just like the container they're delivered in. Let's say, you do get hungry and wish to order a $10 sandwich off the menu. More often than not, it won't be worth your money. You may find the sandwich consists of mostly bread (which is dry) and processed deli meats, and by the time you've finished, you might feel emptier than when you started. Play it safe and bring along a couple of your favorite granola bars and you’ll be just fine.

Stinky People Are Everywhere

It's tough to say, but some people just stink. When you're stuck on an airplane together for 3 or 4 hours (or more), it might be bad enough to make you want to hurl. Unfortunately, there are only a few things you can do about it. You could bring a mask of some sort to diffuse the smell a little bit, but it could make you look out of place. A better idea is to rub lavender lotion or a dab of lavender essential oil just under your nose so you can breathe that instead. 

BYOE

Bring Your Own Everything is just about how it works these days when you’re flying. Don’t expect to get a blanket, pillow, a mint to keep your ears from popping, or anything else. If you’re lucky, you might get a 2.5 ounce cup of juice, soda, tea, or coffee, and maybe a package of crackers or pretzels. That's hardly enough to stave off your hunger. So, if there’s something you know you need, like a pillow to get a good night's rest, make sure you bring your own to be safe.

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