Together, the words ‘comfort’ and ‘airplane’ may sound like an experiment that involves diluting oil in water. Impossible it may sound but rest assured, there are plenty of things we as flyers can do in order to make our flight more, well, comforting.
1) Prior to your flight, try to reserve the best seat for you. If you prefer a window seat, try to reserve one while booking your flight, and the same if you prefer the aisle. Keep in mind that if you prefer the aisle seat, there’s always the risk of people bumping into you on their way to the bathroom, And keep that elbow tucked in when the beverage cart comes past – there is nothing funny about hitting your funny bone. So, if you plan on sleeping but think the above mentioned would keep you awake, maybe a different seat would be better for you. 2) Plan on sleeping? Best come prepared. Though the cold air vent overhead helps us sleep, it’s easy for the rest our bodies to get cold. If you become chilled easily and those airline blankets just don’t cut it, think about bringing a spare jacket. Also, using a neck pillow could help you feel relaxed enough to doze off. Here’s where Wings come in. With its 100% cotton fabric and inflatable/detachable neck pillow, prepare to feel more comfortable on your flight instantly.
3) Bring things that entertain you. Portable DVD player, iPad, Laptop, books, e-Reader, Kindle, iPod, iPhone – the options seem never ending, don’t they? Not only that, but many airlines today offer A.V.O.D. or Audio Visual On Demand. Now, movies, television shows, and music channels are accessible through a touch activated TV screen in front of your seat.  Bringing your own headphones could also improve your mood during flight. Though many airlines off headphones, their quality is poor, making it hard to tune out that screaming baby and pair of conversationalists behind you. 4) Bring items to refresh yourself prior to landing. Between the stale cabin air, the smell of burnt coffee, the woman’s perfume in the next aisle, or those unfortunate enough to experience the wafting bathrooms – it’s easy to feel less than yourself when arriving to your destination. Keeping a small non liquid or gel toothbrush, hairbrush, breath mints, lip balm, or a travel sized deodorant on hand could all help you feel more alert and refreshed when you arrive. 5) Bring snacks you enjoy. A personal favorite – peanuts M&Ms and a bag of Goldfish. You’d be surprised the impact a small piece of chocolate can have your mood in flight. Think of it as a small little treat for not losing your mind. But if you’re craving something healthier, think protein bars. Protein will make you feel better opposed to the airline food enriched with carbohydrates. Also think about repackaging your snacks prior to flight. To sail through security with your plunder, store your goodies in a clear, zip lock sandwich bag, and place in the security bin with your other belongings. 6) Wear comfortable clothes. Looser clothes in general feel more comfortable and cotton fabric is ideal with its breathable material.  Leave your high heels and business suit with your luggage. 7) When possible, move around the plane. After a while, the airline seats seem to shrink don’t they? If you’re susceptible to muscle cramps, or locking joints, sitting on an airplane sounds as exciting as shucking oysters with your bare hands. Taking a few minutes to stretch your limbs can improve your comfort level. If you’re stuck in your seat, pointing and flexing your toes and heels every 30 minutes can also help prevent pesky swollen feet.  8) Lastly, don’t look at the time. That’s pretty self-explanatory, no? You know what they say, watch a pot and it will never boil. Oh, and try not to let your friends catch you in any compromising sleeping positions.
Sources: 1. http://www.wikihow.com/Be-Comfortable-on-a-Long-Airplane-Trip 2. http://www.smartertravel.com/blogs/today-in-travel 3. http://traveltips.usatoday.com/sleep-semi-comfortably-airplane-20725.html