I’m sharing these comfortable flying tips including how I rely on Advil while traveling, as part of an Advil® sponsored series for Socialstars™.
There is nothing quite like loading yourself into a single, poorly padded, seat for multiple hours that can soon lead to some major discomfort. After flying internationally a few times, including a 17-hour flight from South Africa to Atlanta, as well as a recent 15-hour non-stop flight from San Fransisco to Tel Aviv, I’ve picked up a few tips for staying comfortable when flying.
The first tip has to do with seat choice, and I have a few thoughts on that. First, if you have long legs, consider splurging for an extra legroom premium seat if available. Just be sure that the premium seat includes extra legroom, some premium seats do not have more room and only offer early boarding or forward seat location perks.
Another tip about seat choice is to choose a window seat if you like to sleep. I often choose aisle seats to prevent claustrophobic feelings, however, I never sleep well with people constantly bumping my shoulder or elbow, or grabbing my seat back as they walk past. When in a window seat, you can lean against the wall/window and snooze away undisturbed. Window seats also have the perk of getting to look and photograph any beautiful landscapes that you might fly over.
I always pack a little bag of go-to comfort items for the flight, and then have them easily accessible in my carry on. A few of my go-to comfort items are: Advil for headaches and backaches, tissues, disinfecting wipes, toothbrush & toothpaste, dry shampoo, eye drops, and vitamin C packets.
Packing Advil for your flight is a huge tip since you never know when you’ll end up with a headache, and a long flight is certainly not the place to have to deal with one. I also find that sitting for long periods plus leaning over to read or work can lead to a backache too, so having Advil packed is a must. Whenever I feel my headache or backache starting, I can just take a dose and know that it’ll help.
One thing you’ll notice on long flights is that the flight crew will often walk by with cups of water. There is a reason for that! The airplane cabin has very low humidity and you can quickly become dehydrated. Dehydration can lead to skin discomfort, fatigue, muscle cramping, and headaches. So when you see an attendant walk by with a tray or bottle of water, take a cup. Your body will thank you!
Get Up and Move
First and foremost, obey the seat belt light. But if the pilot has given the all clear to move about the cabin, feel free to take a bit of a walk. I like to regularly head to the bathroom just to stretch my legs and wash my hands. There are a lot of germs are on airplanes, so keeping your hands washed is a good idea, plus you’ll stretch those legs and that’ll help you stay comfortable.
These tips are sure to help you stay a bit more comfortable on your next flight. And if you are dealing with some discomfort, just remember that you’re flying in the sky and traveling way faster than you could by any other means, so relax and enjoy.
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