MOST of us have at some stage let out a jealous groan as we pass the first class cabin on the way to our true destination in the cattle-class section.
Those huge comfy seats, the posh toiletries, proper food and the five-star service ... It’s such a tease and is just so hard to keep walking by.
But don’t feel down that you’re not living the high life this time, here are 10 tips to make your next economy experience feel a bit more like first class (well, kind of), according to Skyscanner.com.au.
1. Go DIY gourmet with duty free treats
If plane food has never impressed you, then why not take the time to purchase some luxury chocolates or snacks in the duty free section (or even at your local shop) to take with you on the plane? These little treats can make all the difference, especially while having a midair toast with your favourite tipple (you’ll have to get that from cabin service — you’re not allowed to drink your duty free purchases on the plane).
2. Take a good travel pillow
A top quality travel pillow can make all the difference when it comes to sleeping well and avoiding neck ache. Ditch the free cushions that you get on long-haul flights; these are flat, thin and slip behind your head as soon as you fall asleep. Don’t go for anything big and bulky that’s shaped like a normal pillow either. Instead, invest in an inflatable pillow — it’ll save room in your hand luggage bag, give good neck support and prevent your head from falling to the side when you sleep.
A good travel pillow is a must. Source: Supplied
3. Buy an inflatable foot rest
Having your feet slightly raised on a flight not only aids circulation, but it can reduce the risk of swelling and joint pain too. This is a comfort-boosting option that is often overlooked, and it won’t take up much space when deflated either.
4. Choose your seat wisely before you board the flight
Aim for a window seat to ensure you don’t have a frequent toilet visitor scrambling over you every five minutes (or snag an aisle if you’re that frequent toilet visitor). Also, don’t immediately assume an exit row is best. Yes, these seats have extra leg room, but often they don’t recline. So instead, consider the row behind the exit row where you won’t have someone reclining in front of you.
5. Pack some toiletries to pamper yourself on the plane
There are so many lotions and potions that you can bring on the flight with you to make your trip more comfortable. Try some face spritz, under-eye gel, tried eye drops, moisturizer, lip balm, face wipes and a toothbrush and toothpaste. Stay hydrated as well as keeping your skin moisturized and you’re all set for a comfortable flight.
Bring your own amenities. Source: Supplied
6. Bring some good noise-cancelling headphones and ear plugs
Whether it’s a crying baby, a chatty neighbour or the noise of the engine, loud noises can ruin the chances of a relaxing flight, so make sure that you’re fully prepared. Bring some noise-cancelling headphones and listen to some relaxing music, or if you want complete silence, buy some good quality ear plugs.
7. Also grab some thick socks (or even slipper-socks) to walk around the plane
Sometimes airlines provide free socks but they’re often thin and flimsy. Bring some of your own thick socks so you can comfortably walk around the plane. The ones with the grip on the bottom are even better.
Bring your own comfy socks. Picture: Global X Source: Flickr
8. Look around for any empty seats and see if you can move
Always be on the lookout for free seats — sometimes whole rows are empty and let’s face it, three seats are better than one. You will be able to lift up the arm rest and potentially lie down across a full row. So keep your eyes open and ask if you can move.
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9. Bring a good sleeping mask
Sleeping masks are great for blocking out ambient light and letting you have a good rest. Invest in a slightly pricier one that sits away from your eyes and has eye cavities built into the mask. This will mean that rather than pushing on your eyelids, your eyes will be unobstructed during the REM (rapid eye movement) stage of sleep, so you’ll sleep more deeply.
10. Bring your own blanket
Flights can be chilly and blankets aren’t always provided, or can be very thin. Bring your own soft cashmere lightweight blanket/pashmina so you can snuggle up and dream away.
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