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How to be Comfortable on a Plane Journey

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How to be Comfortable on a Plane Journey

Flights, depending on the hours involved, can be uncomfortable and boring if you've chosen the wrong airline. Travel anxiety and the behaviour of your travel companions can also make the hours seem longer than they really are. It is advisable to take the necessary measures when travelling by plane to be as comfortable and relaxed as possible. On OneHowTo.com we offer these tips on how to be comfortable on a plane journey to make the experience as pleasant as possible.

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To get started, make sure that you are comfortably and appropriately dressed. This way you can ensure your time on the airplane is much more bearable. You don't need to dress formally to impress the air stewards and tight and restrictive clothing can make things difficult, especially on long haul journeys. This is due to the lower air pressure in the cabin as the plane rises higher above sea level. This leads to less oxygen being taken into the bloodstream (known as hypoxia) which causes gases in human tissue to expand.

Although healthy passsengers are unlikely to develop any serious health problems, wearing skinny jeans or tight clothing can make you feel uncomfortable and will not help you relax on your journey. Little mobility on most planes and the size restrictions of economy travel mean your body will become uptight, so try to move around in the aisle or stretch if possible. Make sure not to disturb any other passengers as they are also trying to have a comfortable journey.

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Little mobility on most planes and the size restrictions of economy travel mean your body will become uptight, so try to move around in the aisle or stretch if possible. Make sure not to disturb any other passengers as they are also trying to have a comfortable journey. If you find yourself particularly restless on planes, request or purchase an aisle seat so that you can move about with little hassle. This is especially helpful if you have a large body type, have sustained an injury such as a broken arm or are pregnant.

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If you find yourself becoming anxious and distracted while on a plane, find ways to take your mind off of things. Games on your phone, downloading films and TV shows on your device or listening to podcasts or music can help you focus and distract you from distraction. However, as electronic devices are not allowed to be switched on during take off and landing, it is best to pack a good old fashioned book to keep your mind on something else during these sometimes hairy procedures.

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On long haul flights, it is a good idea to catch up on some sleep on a plane. Often the stress of preparing for travel (making sure you have everything and being on time), can mean you are antsy by the time you get to the plane itself. Bring accessories to make falling asleep as easy as possible: a pillow, eye masks, earplugs, a small blanket, a panic alarm, comfortable socks when you take your shoes off, all can make sleep an easier proposition.

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If you tend to be hungry, prepare a bag with snacks such a sandwiches, mixed nuts or chips. Something which can be snacked on little by little works best as, if the journey is long, you want to keep something for later. It is also cheaper than the often high prices of food from the trolley. Unfortunately, most cabin allowances mean you cannot bring in much liquid to the plane, so it is good to be pre-hydrated before you go through security.

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Although the dangers are low, many of us find the idea of flying through the air in a giant metal machine daunting. You might find yourself looking at the faces of the stewards to see try to see if there is a problem. Have confidence that the system which gets you into the air is very thorough and statistics for crashes or incidents during a flight are very low. Keeping mental vigilance against anxious thoughts can be very helpful if you are a nervous flyer, even if it is easier said than done.

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It can be difficult to stay calm and comfortable during stressful times like plane travel, but by following these tips you can be more prepared and get ready to enjoy your destination!

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