Dry skin, bloated feet, shitty food… Flying sucks. 5 tips to make plane rides more comfortable

“I LOVE TAKING THE PLANE” said no one ever.

Unless you’re flying business class (or suites, dayum son~), plane rides are probably the least anticipated part of your next getaway.

“Just a couple of hours of this and I’ll be in paradise”, you tell yourself, counting to ten as your legs cramp up while the baby behind you screams…

Here are 5 tips that have made my frequent plane rides a little less dreadful.

1. Avoid disembarking with elephant feet: don compression socks

I suffer from a serious case of swollen legs whenever a flight lasts more than 2 hours.

Recently, I’ve been trying out compression socks and it has really made a difference: “Miracle Copper Compression Socks” are the ones I purchased from Lazada for $3.39.

The name is TV-sales-cheesy, but boy they’ve sure made putting shoes on at the end of the flight a lot easier!

2. Get decent rest: don’t board without your sleeping kit

The dream sleeping kit consists of:
1. Eye mask
2. Earplugs
3. Neck pillow (protip: inflatable ones save a lot of space)
4. A warm jacket / scarf

I swear by this quartet.

Fall asleep anywhere, anytime, and never fear being seated close to the bassinets again!

3. Say no to plane food: bring your own meals onboard

Okay, this sounds really auntie, but I’ve started making it a point to bring my own food on flights.

I just never really have great experiences with plane food.

Inflight food tends to be laden with sodium and not to my dietary preferences; or when specially requested according to a preference, the meal turns out to be even more horrible.

So yes, I now proudly travel with tupperware.

For shorter flights, my snack pack normally consists of some bananas, nuts and granola bars.

For longer ones, I may also have some onigiri or crackers.

Do be careful you’re not bringing anything that could be deemed illegal at your destination, however.

Fresh produce like fruits and veggies are especially risky, but are fine if you finish them on board and don’t try to take them past customs.

4. Save your face: carry on moisturizer to combat dry skin

Along with hydrating plentiful before and during the flight (and by hydration I mean with water, not the free-flow wine), a good moisturizer is a must-have.

I especially like having a clear, fragrance-free lip balm to apply (smear) all over my face.

5. Minimize toilet anxiety: always go for an aisle seat

All that hydration is going to eventually need to exit.

One of my biggest sources of anxiety when flying is being trapped by a sleeping person when I really need to use the loo.

Having an aisle seat is thus a pretty high priority for me.

For that reason, I make it a point to request for an aisle at check-in. And if that doesn’t work, I trade seats once onboard with a solo aisler.

The line that usually works is: “I have stomach issues, and will need to frequently visit the toilet”.

Honestly though it’s not entirely BS.

My bladder is the size of a walnut, and being in the aisle saves us both the trouble of constant ins and outs.

 

What are some of your own tips for flying? Let me know in the comments!

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