I’m no fan of flying. Yes, it gets you from Point A to Point B faster than anything else, but it comes with the hassle of security checks, carry-ons, overpriced food courts, priority seating, shared armrests, crying babies, stomach-flipping turbulence... (I could go on.) Before any flight, I’m taking deep breaths, loading up podcasts, stress-eating snacks, and obsessively checking to make sure the gate hasn’t changed. In short, I’m a wreck.
Dress efficiency and comfortably.
To get through security quickly and painlessly, I never wear laces. In the summer, that means Birkenstocks, in the winter, Chelsea boots I can slide on and off. But this year I’ve also started packing comfy socks no matter the temperature. Yes, that means ‘stocks in socks. Not only do they keep my feet warm in-flight, but they also make me feel a little more hygienic since I like to sit with my feet folded under me. My favorites are from Darn Tuff Socks.
As for clothing, I wear something that’s both relaxed and appropriate for public (no PJs)—think oversized sweaters and stretchy jeans. I used to wear high-waisted pants on flights, but never again.
Invest in a neck pillow.
In the past six months I’ve had to fly a bunch of red eyes between New York and Los Angeles. Neck pillows aren’t perfect, but they’re better than nothing. Also, mine allows me to be a little more flexible with where I sit. Normally I like the window seat, but with a neck pillow, I can do the aisle, too. To make sure I don’t forget to pack mine, I attach it to my bag the night before my flight.
Go ahead and pack a meal.
Snacks are great, but on long flights I make sure to pack a heartier bite. My favorite is a grain salad since it holds up well and won’t create a mess or smell. The key for bringing something substantial is to pack your food in a container you don’t mind losing, then picking up utensils, salt, and pepper at the airport food court. That way you can throw everything away at once, if necessary.
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