Air travel is the optimal choice for traveling long distances. It's quick and sometimes you get snacks and drinks included in your ticket price. Like all things, there’s a downside to being on an airplane and that’s the struggle to stay comfortable.
Airplane seats are usually small and squeezed together so the airline can maximize space to fit more passengers. This can make people feel claustrophobic and uncomfortable. Knowing what staple pieces to bring on board will help you maximize the space you have and guarantee a more comfortable journey. Having a carry on packing list will help you remember all the essentials, but here’s a few things to consider before you hop on your next flight.
Flying means you will be doing a lot of sitting and a lot of walking, so make sure the clothes you are wearing are comfortable. Some great options are a pair of loose fitting pants or leggings paired with a soft t-shirt or sweater. Comfortable clothing will allow you to move around when finding which seated position is the most comfortable, and won’t slow you down when hustling through the airport when catching your flight.
You never know if you’re going to be under the air condition vent or not, or how cold the plane will be. It’s good to always have a jacket with you in case you need it! With the current trends focused so much on staple and structured pieces, you could bring a leather jacket, since quality leather makes for a good insulator. Don’t let the thought of finding such a quality jacket to your wardrobe scare you though – it’s easy to find pieces within your budget and you can easily read about what materials to look for. After all, if you’re going to be traveling so frequently, a small investment like this will keep you chic and comfortable on all your adventures! There’s also cotton jackets if you’re wearing long sleeves or a jean one for both comfort and style.
Soft Travel Scarf
Travel scarves can be super handy on a plane. Are you feeling a little chilly? Wrap it up around your arms or drape it over your lap. Need to some privacy? Drape it over your seat to make a tiny scarf tent to help you sleep. Travel scarves are also a great addition to your light and comfortable travel outfit.
If you get frustrated before you get on the plane, you’ll be less likely to enjoy the experience or be able to get comfortable. That’s why you should wear slip-on shoes to the airport! They will make getting through security quick and easy, making the whole trip a breeze.
If you’re someone who's naturally cold all the time, bring a throw blanket with you on the plane. It’ll keep your arms and legs warm during your flight, and it’ll be especially useful if you’re having an overnight trip where the provided blankets might be too thin. Some throws even fold into pillows for a two-in-one option!
Some people have issues with sitting in one place for too long. It can cause back and joint pains, which is when neck pillows come in handy. Bring one with you if you find your body aching after a plane ride. It’ll allow your spine to release any tension while keeping your head comfortable. Having a neck pillow will also keep you from putting your face against the seat or wall of the plane, which could have unknown bacteria and oils on it that are bad for your skin.
One of the worst things to experience on a plan is being sat next to someone who’s a loud eater or snores in their sleep. Don’t go on another trip without investing in a set of noise-cancelling headphones. You’ll find that silence makes your personal space feel bigger and you’ll be able to relax more easily.
High-Quality Eye Mask
Once you’re snuggled up with your travel pillow, throw blanket and noise-cancelling headphones, all you’ll need is an eye mask to help whisk you away to pleasant dreams. Shop around or research online to find an eye mask that fits your head well but not too tight, and blocks any light that might try to get through the fabric.
What you want to bring on the plane for your own comfort depends on how you want to spend the ride. If you like to sleep, bring everything you need so you can feel like you’re in your own bed or spend your time awake and entertained while not being distracted by things on the plane. Whatever you choose to bring, make sure you always have a few comfort staple pieces with you so you’re prepared for anything.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kacey Bradley is the lifestyle and travel blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she frequently writes for sites like US Travel News, Thought Catalog, Style Me Pretty, Tripping.com and more!
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