Whether you’re a frequent flyer or this is your first time flying, it is always important to keep in mind the following tips below to make your next flight experience more comfortable and make it feel little less long.
1. Knowing What to Eat
A study found that carb-rich foods such as rice and pasta, whole grain bread and oatmeal makes it easier to cope with jet lag. As higher levels of insulin makes it easier to shift from one sleep and eating schedule to another. While carb-rich foods help secrete insulin, this is maybe why it may be helpful in minimizing jet lags.
2. Always Pack Snacks
It is best to bring protein-rich snacks like yogurt, crackers, cheese sticks, or protein bars with you when boarding. Protein-rich foods can keep you full for longer hours. Never try to starve yourself on a plane because what is most likely going to happen is you spending money on expensive snacks that the plane provides which might not even be tasty.
Oh and one more thing, keep in mind not to stuff yourself with too much food as it is harder to digest in the air, warm foods are preferred over cold foods too as they’re easier to digest.
3. Stay Hydrated at All Times
I know it may be a pain in the ass to have to unbuckle your seat belt then crawl out from your seat and try not to sit on a stranger’s lap while shifting your way out from the row, it is highly recommended for you to consume more water than you usually drink because air traveling is very dehydrating.
4. Say Yes to Tea and Honey!
Avoid caffeine as it only helps to dehydrate you further, while decaffeinated green tea may be a better option other than water. You may want to add a little honey into your cup of tea, honey does not only help sweeten your drink but it also contains a lot of health benefits such us soothing a dry throat and help calm your nerve for better sleep.
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5. Avoid too much Alcohol
If you are a person who relies heavily on some alcohol to get better sleep on the plane, by all means order a small bottle. But do keep in mind that alcohol can counteract as a stimulant for the first few hours after you drink it. Overdrinking may also lead to dehydration and possible jet lag symptoms once you land.
6. Wear Comfortable Clothing
Choose to wear loose comfortable clothing on a flight for better blood circulation. For men, a pair of loose jeans and shirt will do, as for women, maybe a pair of stretchy leggings and a sweater to keep you warm.
7. Wear Real Shoes
Just in case of emergency, closed-toed shoes are the safest feet protection during a fire, debris, or from shards of glass. It also allows you to move faster.
8. Bring Extra Layers
Always remember to bring a jacket or scarf to keep you warm from ever-changing temperatures. A scarf can also be used as a blanket to snuggle up with, and even for lumbar support.
9. Bring a Travel Pillow!
Having the right kind of travel pillow will more likely help you sleep, and when you get more sleep your general well-being improves. The Travel Buddy 360-Complete Support Travel Pillow is your perfect match especially for long haul-flights and for those who are looking to prevent chronic neck pains.
10. Bring Earplugs & Eye Mask for Better Sleep
Bringing noise cancelling headphones or earplugs can help block out background noise and other disturbances like crying babies and flight attendants who are trying to serve a meal. Eye masks on the other hand helps block out light disturbances that may affect the quality of sleep. If you want to sleep like a baby and not be disturbed by any means, wear both items!
11. Do In-Seat Exercises
Don’t forget to move! For better circulation, do the following exercises for 3-4 minutes every hour: lift your feet off the ground by a few inches and rotating them in circles, keep your heels on the floor and pointing your toes up as far as you can, then pointing the toes down while lifting the heels up, and rolling your shoulders forwards and backwards.
12. Bring Extra Juice a.k.a. Powerpack!
If you’re a phone hoarder like me then you’ll probably want to bring an extra battery pack with you, because you’re most probably going to drain your phone’s battery playing games, going on social media or stream videos while waiting to board.
13. Sit by the Plane’s Wing
I’m not so sure whether this actually works or not, but experts claim that sitting by a plane’s wing experiences less turbulence, since they’re closer to the plane’s center of gravity.
14. Grab a Window Seat
Having only one inconvenience for sitting at the window seat which is getting out of the row trying not to step on your neighbor’s toes, a window seat gives you the best view of the skyline and a nice solid wall to rest your head on for a more comfortable nap and not get disturbed by beverage carts.
15. Make Use of the provided Pillow
Not sure if you’ve noticed but airplane seats were designed with a c-shape curve which does not help support human spine in any way. Wedging a pillow, blanket, or sweater behind your lower back will help counteract the seat’s shape, keeping your spine in its elongated shape.
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