The last thing you want to deal with when you are jet-setting off to paradise is a crap-hell flight. That’s just not the way to start your vacation. From screaming kids and arguing couples, to harsh temperatures and icky food, there're lots you can do to make certain your flight is as enjoyable as flying can be. Who am I kidding? If you had a rich boy-toy or girl-toy with their own private jet, you could take a nap in a king-size bed or have a workout in the onboard gym. Well, maybe not that fancy-dancy but I could guarantee with that arrangement you’d have a fabulous flight. Coming back down to earth… Let’s have a look at a few simple strategies that are going to help you get from point A to point B with a smile on your face while flying the friendly skies.
Don’t Forget You Plugs
Ear plugs will save the day when you just need the noise to stop. Especially if you’re lucky enough to get seated beside an unhappy toddler. Poor thing I’m sure but you can only take so much. Funny how such an incredible invention is hardly ever used. The soft wax ones are the best because they mold easily right into your ear and you’ll be surprised how much of the ruckus they block out. This way you can nap or just peacefully read your book. They also work fabulously in hotel rooms where you never know what wild partiers are going to be 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 served lunch or dinner on any flight these days. Which isn’t such a bad thing considering the majority of airplane food tastes just like the container it’s delivered in. Yuk. And if you think you’re in for a treat paying $10 for a simple sandwich off the menu, well you are, but not a nice treat. Typically the sandwich is mainly bread; which is dry, and all the toppings are processed; which makes it on opposite ends of the spectrum of what you’d get at Subway. Play it safe and bring a couple protein bars and you’ll do just fine.
Stinky People are Everywhere
I’m sorry, but some people just stink. And when you are stuck on an airplane together for 3 or 4 hours it’s enough to make you hurl. And unfortunately, there are only a few things you can do about it. You could bring your own mask to diffuse the smell a little bit. It will make you look stupid, but at least you aren’t gagging. Another neat trick is to rub lavender lotion or a dab of lavender essential oil just under your nose so you can breathe happily; the whole way there.
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’ll get one 2.5 ounce cup of juice, soda, tea, or coffee, and maybe a package of 2 small cookies or an ounce of peanuts. Hardly enough to wet your whistle or stave off hunger. So if there’s something you know you need, like a pillow to get comfy, make sure you bring your own just to be safe.