Travel Comfort

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[edit] Comfort on a Plane

  • Use for those blankets on board:
    • roll them up for supporting your lower back while sitting.
    • roll them up and around your neck for support while sleeping.
    • drape over a baseball hat to create a darkened cocoon. --gochess
  • A pair of those squishy foam earplugs really helps on plane trips.
    • Shure E-series headphones should also do the trick. --RB 09:56, 5 Apr 2005 (EDT)
    • Bose QuietComfort® 2 Headphones are also very good if a little expensive.
    • If you find the pressure change on aircraft to be a pain in the ears, you might find these EarPlanes® pressure relief earplugs useful. A friend of mine swears by them.
  • I like to wear a hat on planes so that I have something to pull down over my eyes when I want to sleep. If you prefer darkness for sleeping, bring something to guarantee it for you.--J.T. Boofle 13:07, 11 Apr 2005 (EDT)
  • Check out Seat Guru to find out which seat you should try for. You can almost always request a better seat, either via on-line check in or at the gate counter. They usually block off the front few rows at the desk, but allow you to change to one of them at the gate. --PSzalapski 11:29, 1 Jun 2005 (EDT)
  • You can always get more beverage than they usually give you if you just ask. --PSzalapski 11:29, 1 Jun 2005 (EDT)
  • On long flights, get up and walk around every hour or so to prevent swollen ankles and feet. You want to be able to get your shoes back on at the next continent! Wander to the bathroom, or go find an attendant to ask for water. --Ookpik 15:26, 8 December 2005 (EST)

[edit] Clothes

  • Try to have a rough idea what sort of weather you'll find on the other end of your trip and plan some carry-on clothes accordingly. You won't forget this after you've flown from Key West to San Francisco in January.--J.T. Boofle 13:07, 11 Apr 2005 (EDT)
    • Even better, dress in layers. Planes are always cold, except when you plan for that. Dress (or carry-on) so that you can be comfortable at whatever temperature the plane ends up.--J.T. Boofle 13:07, 11 Apr 2005 (EDT)
  • Add a small travel towel, hotel-size shampoo and soap, compact pair of water-proof sandals and at least a change of underclothes (underwear, socks and shirt) when traveling internationally with checked luggage. Most international terminals I've been through have shower stalls us "economy" folks can use to freshen up. --AP 12:05, 4 Apr 2005 (EDT)
  • A scarf is very nice to have, planes get cold when flying at high altitudes for a long time and it can help to cover your eyes if you try to get some sleep.
  • Take off your shoes, it really makes sitting a lot more comfortable.
    • But do remember to put them back on before you go to the bathroom in case any gentlemen passengers have been using the cubicle during turbulence. Ahem.
    • Wear slip-on type shoes, clogs, or comfortable sandals (think Birkenstocks or Tevas) for traveling for their easy on/off properties. Tying shoelaces takes time and is difficult in an airplane seat! However, do make sure you can move quickly in your slip-on shoes, in case you need to.
  • I've been told that it's a good idea to avoid wearing clothing made of synthetic fabrics when flying. Apparently, if the plane has to make an emergency landing, the friction of going down the escape slides can generate enough heat to melt some fabrics. For the same reason (ease of escape in the event of an emergency), female travelers might want to avoid short/tight skirts, high heels, and other clothing that restricts easy freedom of movement. -- Tammycravit

[edit] Eye Health

  • When flying, always carry contact lens solution and a toothbrush (along with any required medication) in your carry on. This comes in handy when you are grounded overnight and the airline will not allow you to collect your checked baggage. --Mgdennis 08:10, 29 Mar 2005 (EST)
  • Wear glasses, not contact lenses, on a long flight. Your eyes will thank you. If you wear lenses, the lack of humidity in the air on the plane, as well as the taking of naps, will dry them out, making your eyes more prone to infection.
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