Getting through your Flight unscathed.
Airplanes are a true modern marvel, allowing us to cover long distances in relatively little time. The time it takes us now to cross the Atlantic is nothing short of miraculous, when you consider that we used to have to make the same journey by ship, relying on the ocean winds to carry us across. And yet flights – short or long – can still be extremely daunting because you are shut in a small space with a large number of strangers, hurtling through the air for hours on end.
So a few Airplane survival tips certainly won’t go amiss!
The first, and perhaps most important thing, is considering any anxiety you may have about flying. If you have a fear of flying then going to see your doctor for an anti-anxiety medication of some sort can make your experience much more pleasant. Don’t believe in any outdated ideas of a stigma associated with anti-anxiety medication; you will be doing yourself and everyone else travelling with you a huge favour by calming yourself down and allowing yourself to relax during the flight.
Secondly, be aware of how boring an airplane flight can be. Even if, by some chance, you have never travelled before, marvelling over the novelty won’t take up even the shortest flight. Your carry-on should always include at least one book or other boredom buster. Don’t underestimate the merit of a crossword puzzle book and a pencil, either. This may let you engage with the other members of your party, which can make the flight into a pleasant and entertaining experience.
Don’t turn down the food if you get a meal during your flight. Hunger can really throw a damper over your enjoyment of this first (or last) leg of your holiday, so do eat if you can and want to. Airplane food is not as hideous as it used to be, no matter what the stand-up comedians say! And it can keep up your energy levels, allowing you to feel moderately more refreshed at your destination than you otherwise would.
And finally, bring ear plugs. If you want to sleep, you may wish to dampen the noise of your fellow travellers as well as the sounds made by the airplane staff as they move about the cabin. Ear plugs are the ideal solution, allowing you to sleep peacefully while the rest of the plane goes about its business.
Most of all, try and make your flight part of your long-awaited holiday. You are going on the trip of a lifetime, and there is no reason why you can’t enjoy the first step towards the holiday of your dreams.