Those hoping to get a little extra legroom often go for front row exit seats, but don’t be fooled, as these aren’t usually reclinable. So, if you’re hoping for optimum seating comfort during your voyage, these should be avoided. Instead, why not opt for the row behind; you’ll have an increased sense of space, as you are guaranteed to not have someone reclining in front of you.
Bulkhead seats are also a good option for extra legroom, but, these will leave you without immediate access to your vital items, as they don’t contain seat pockets or under seat storage. If your neighbour is a regular toilet visitor, opting for a window seat will make sure you don’t have to keep getting up. If this sound like it could be you, your fellow passengers will be grateful if you choose the aisle seat.
If you notice there are ample amounts of empty seats on your selected flight, and you’d like to stretch out for a nap, politely speak to the cabin crew and ask to move somewhere else; they will usually accommodate your request.
The fantastic thing about flying these days is that more often than not all airlines list their in-flight entertainment and menus online. Being able to see this type of information is great if you have any particular dietary needs such as food intolerances like gluten or dairy or require a vegan meal. Get yourself organised and make the airline aware of this as early as possible. Pack some extra snacks in case you find yourself feeling hungry in between meals or if the food isn’t to your taste. It’s also handy if you’re travelling with little ones, as you can load your tablet with a few games or films if needed to make sure they are kept well occupied.
Feeling Fresh and Cosy
Dressing in comfy, loose clothing is necessary for a restful journey, especially when going on night and long haul flights. Taking off your make-up and contact lenses (if you wear them) and lathering on a generous helping of body lotion aids with this too, as your skin can feel quite dehydrated and dry from the recycled air. Miniature toiletries, such as face cream and make-up wipes are perfect for onboard use and you’re guaranteed to speed past security, due to their small size of less than a 100ml. To assist with circulation, try using an inflatable footrest, it also reduces swelling and makes your flight feel a lot comfier!
Preparation Is Key
Don’t forget to include two small plastic bags in your carry-on luggage. The first will be used for any liquids to get through the security and treat the second one as your go-to-bag; with all the essentials you’ll need throughout the journey, such as hand cream, chewing gum, a book, a small water bottle and a glasses case. Once you are on the plane, place your carry-on in the overhead locker and the bag in your seat; this will save time and won’t hold up anyone else, as you won’t be frantically searching for everything in your bag.