Flying can be a stressful and uncomfortable experience for many travelers, especially if you are on a long-haul flight or have a tight budget. However, there are some simple and clever plane hacks that can make your flight more enjoyable and hassle-free. Here are some of them:

  • Choose your seat wisely. If you want more legroom, opt for an exit row or a bulkhead seat. If you want to avoid turbulence, choose a seat near the wings. If you want to sleep, pick a window seat and bring an eye mask and earplugs. You can use websites like SeatGuru or SeatMaestro to find the best seats on your plane.
  • Bring your own snacks and drinks. Airplane food can be expensive and unhealthy, and you may not get enough of it. Bring your own snacks and drinks, such as nuts, granola bars, dried fruits, sandwiches, water bottles, and tea bags. You can also ask for hot water from the flight attendants and make your own tea or coffee. Just make sure your snacks and drinks comply with the security rules and airline policies.
  • Dress in layers and wear comfortable clothes. The temperature on the plane can vary from hot to cold, depending on the altitude, the season, and the air conditioning. Dress in layers and wear comfortable clothes that you can easily adjust or remove. Avoid tight-fitting clothes, jeans, belts, and shoes that can restrict your blood circulation and cause swelling. Wear loose-fitting clothes, leggings, sweaters, and socks that can keep you warm and cozy.
  • Pack some entertainment and essentials in your carry-on bag. Flying can be boring and tedious, especially if you have nothing to do or if the in-flight entertainment system is not working. Pack some entertainment and essentials in your carry-on bag, such as a laptop, tablet, smartphone, headphones, charger, books, magazines, games, puzzles, and a pen. You can also download some movies, music, podcasts, or audiobooks before your flight. Don’t forget to pack some toiletries, such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, wipes, moisturizer, and lip balm to freshen up during or after the flight.
  • Be friendly and polite to the flight crew and the other passengers. Flying can be a stressful and exhausting experience for everyone involved, including the flight crew and the other passengers. Be friendly and polite to them and treat them with respect and kindness. You may get some perks or favors from the flight crew, such as extra snacks, drinks, or pillows. You may also make some new friends or connections with the other passengers. A smile and a thank you can go a long way.

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Asma Siddiqui

The journey is what matters, not the destination!

I'm a food fanatic, a wishful traveler, a voracious bookworm, a compulsive cat-petter, and the silliest adult in disguise. On good days, I'm outside exploring the world. On better days, I'm inside reading books and sipping on a hot beverage that looks like chai or coffee. And on the remaining days, I write about my escapades.

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