Holiday season likely means you’ll be jumping on a plane to go visit family. As much as we all enjoy getting to the destination and spending time with the ones we love … the journey to get there can sometimes be not so pleasant especially for long haul or overnight flights. I’ve been flying internationally since I was six (yes really) so in my 25 years of napping and sleeping on planes I’ve learned a few things that help me get the best rest possible.
The first step in making sure you get the right amount of sleep on a plane is the time you book your flight. For me I prefer an evening flight that takes off at night and lands in the morning, especially when traveling East and internationally. This helps get my body on schedule so when I land I am on the current time zone.
I do not ever book early morning flights because if you take an 8am flight, you have to wake up so early to get to the airport. If you end up napping on the plane I feel like it messes up the rest of my schedule for the day so I always avoid flights that would put my schedule out of wack.
PICK THE RIGHT SEAT
If you are unsure with the airline or plane you are flying on, check out seat guru to see which seats are best on that specific plane. Passengers write their reviews for seats and can advise you which are best. I tend to stay away from seats that are near bathrooms because its usually pretty crowded and noisy and sometimes smelly.
I always make sure to select my seat as soon as I book the flight to ensure I am sitting where I will be most comfortable. I always book a window seat for three reasons. First being no one will pass over me to get to the restroom. Second, a cart or people won’t pass by and accidentally bump into you and you won’t have to pass drinks or food. And third, you can rest a pillow or something against the wall or window for a more comfortable position for a nap.
PACK COMFORTABLE ITEMS
On the plane I can never rely on flimsy pillows or thin blankets. In my carry on I keep a travel blanket or scarf and thick socks so I can bundle up because when it is freezing on a plane its really hard to nap. I also bring a pair of ear plugs and an eye mask to block out sounds or light.
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