While some people hate flying or fear it deeply, to the extent that they are unable to board a plane, many of us feel less strongly but still resent taking flights despite their ease and convenience. If you fall into this category, know that there are some things you can do to make the whole experience—from going through security to disembarking after landing—more pleasant. Check out these key tips below.
Plan For All Eventualities
Whilst no one wants to predict that they’ll be stuck in the departures lounge for an extra five hours due to delays, unfortunately this is a reality which is worth planning for. Make sure you have comfortable clothes, extra layers for warmth, water, snacks, and something to distract you other than your phone. If you’re already feeling a bit nauseous from pre-flight nerves, staring at a phone screen will only increase these symptoms. Bring a great book, a mini board game or even a journal so you can jot down your thoughts as you wait.
Consider Paying For Extra Legroom
One of the biggest causes of stress and worry can be sitting cramped up in a plane seat for several hours, next to people you don’t know. If you’re traveling alone and can afford it, it may be worth paying for extra legroom, or for seats in your preferred section of the plane. If paying extra isn’t an option, bring a travel pillow so you can support your neck if you’re trying to sleep, and consider an eye mask and ear plugs too – if you don’t enjoy flying, sometimes the best way to deal with it is to try and nap through it.
Allow Extra Time
One of the biggest causes of flight stress is having a strict deadline at the other end of the flight. Unless absolutely unavoidable, try and allow yourself enough time to get from the airport to your accommodation or your next mode of transport without stress. Nothing is worse than standing in a customs queue, sweating because you have five minutes to make the train into the city centre. Map out each part of the journey, and leave yourself at least half an hour of spare time to get to each transfer.
Flying may not be your favorite activity, but with these simple adjustments, you can make the whole experience a lot more enjoyable for yourself.