Tricks to Stay Comfortable on International and Overnight Flights in Economy

Especially for those of us who are young, broke, and have little to no credit, travel credit cards with complicated rewards points systems aren’t always an option. As such, getting those ridiculously comfy free flights that we hear so much about from professional travel hackers isn’t a reality that a lot of college students can realize. But don’t fret – there are still ways to make your hard-earned flight in economy a relatively comfortable one.

 

Be A Capable Lifter

If you’re stowing your carry-on in the overhead compartment, please, for the sake of you and everyone around you, embrace your inner Wonder Woman or Superman and make sure you can easily lift your bag above you. Again, you don’t want to be “that person” that everyone else has to wait behind for 10 minutes before they can get to their seats.

 

Bring Your Own Entertainment

As an avid music-lover, I would never go anywhere without a good pair of headphones, and neither should you. Most pairs of headphones provided by airlines are not very good quality, so make sure to bring a comfy pair that blocks out sound so they can double as earplugs if you sleep on the flight. If you know you won’t be sleeping during some of the flight, bring a tablet, book, or journal to keep you busy – just make sure it’s light.

 

Be Timely With Your Bathroom Usage

Many find that the time after a meal is the busiest time in the bathroom department of the plane, so make sure to take care of your needs before a meal is served. This will not only be quicker, but also a far less fragrant experience.

 

Keep Your Tootsies Warm

It’s no secret that airplanes are notorious for being frigidly cold. It will be much easier for you to relax and sleep if you bring compact slippers or warm socks to wear during the flight to keep your feet warm. My feet are almost always cold, so socks usually aren’t enough for me; because of this, I make sure to always bring a pair of slippers with me on a long flight.


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