Gone are the days of gourmet meals and personal pampering when you fly in the sky. This doesn’t mean you can’t take matters into your own hands and make the most of your travels.
Half the vacation fun for me is getting to my destination by airplane. I’m sharing some of my tips and tricks to make your next adventure first class, even when you’re in coach.
- The iPad is definitely my newest luxury item to help keep the boredom blues to a minimum. Plan ahead and download movies, t.v. shows, magazines and boooks so you can watch them without having access to internet. If you’re a nostalgic junkie like me, you can enjoy a few good hours of some serious Pac Man. Be sure to double check that your battery is completing charged before, which will give you approximately 10 hours of use. Don’t forget to bring your own ear piece and a splitter if you’re not traveling alone.
- If you don’t have an iPad, pack a few good magazines, a book you haven’t had time to read and deck of cards. For those who are crafty, knitting can be a relaxing and enjoyable way to pass time. (see TSA regulations here for knitting details)
- I always bring an inflatable neck pillow. It helps me sleep when space is so limited and especially when I’m practically sitting completely erect. Don’t forget earplugs and eye pads if you’re planning on getting some rest. (think crying babies and the neighbor who won’t close their window shade)
- Although I’d love to bring a cozy blanket, it’s not always practical due to space. Instead I wear a comfortable coat that can double as a blanket.
- Compression socks really help keep swollen feet at bay. They’re not exactly stylish, but they work wonders.
- I like to take my make-up off after take-off and slather a lot of moisturizer on. Pack some travel size make-up removing cloths. Then occasionally I spritz a little water on my face which really helps with skin dehydration. (which helps prevent airborne blemishes to appear) I also pack a mini make-up kit so I can reapply a little before landing. For me that might be some mascara and lipstick that doubles as blush.
It would be nice if I figured out how to bring my own shrimp cocktail and filet mignon, followed by a chocolate lava cake. Until then, I have a few suggestions on making the most of your culinary experience above the clouds.
- Pack a variety of snacks that include a protein, salty and sweet option. Good quality beef jerky from your local farmers market is a good choice. A tiny box of Godiva chocolates will usually do the trick too. Get some gourmet goodies that you wouldn’t ordinarily buy at home. I pack a mini brie’ cheese, crackers, salami and dried apricots depending on my flight. Bring whatever will make you happy! After all, you’re on vacation.
- I also pack a goodie bag for each of us flying which includes some of the basics like gum, lollipops (the only thing that helps my ears pop) hand sanitizer, etc…
- Due to safety regulations we cannot bring beverages like the good old days (think, sneaking on mini bottles of vodka). However, you can bring your own high quality tea bags, honey sticks, natural sugar packs and Starbucks instant coffee powder, which definitely will help you feel like you’re in first class.
Cost Plus is one of my favorite stores to stock up on airplane goodies.
For up to date TSA regulations click here.
Please share any of your travel secrets with us in the comments section…