We can’t wait until we take to the skies once more to far flung destinations. But no doubt the minute we sit down in the cattle-cabin, we’ll be praying for a speedy trip. But there are things you can do to make your flight feel more first class than economy. Here’s how.

When it comes to booking, pre-book yourself the best seat in the house

Obviously we want the seats with the extra legroom; the exit rows, front of the plane/cabin and isle seats for a little extra room. But we know that the airlines have cottoned on to this so generally charge a premium for the privilege (except the isle of course, but that has its pros and cons). Can’t justify the extra expense? Book a seat at the back of the plane. In economy terms, this is the best seat on the plane. Firstly, you won’t have anyone pressing on your seat, at all during your flight, and you’ll also be right next to the galley where the stewards prepare drinks and meals. So, if you fancy a snack or drink, you can just go ahead and ask (or else, buzz and they will get to you first!). Plus, there is none of that meandering around the toilet waiting for it to be free; you can just jump straight in.

Get yourself lounge access

For a first class experience, get yourself in the airport lounge and take advantage of everything it has to offer; food, drink, shower, space and additional benefits (depending on the lounge and location, you may even bag yourself a massage!).

Thankfully lounge tickets aren’t necessarily that expensive anymore (certainly compared to the cost of the holiday!), and depending on what you really want from the few hours you spend at the airport, it is a pretty perfect way to start on your vacation. Check out Loungebuddy to check out the lounges, facilities, and cost at your airport.

Take some creature comforts

Let’s face it, the blankets, pillows and headphones they provide you with are just naff. So, why not take your own! In addition to your own comfy pillow, pack a small blanket and an eye mask so when you want to take a nap, it’ll feel like a luxury, not like you’re spending the night in a prison cell.

Additionally, dress down for your flight. You want to be as comfortable as possible, regardless of the length, so be sure to wear, or pack in your hand luggage, stretchy pants, a comfy and cosy jumper and some comfortable socks.   

Bring your own food on board

Airplane food is nothing to write home about, but there is always plenty of delicious options in the airport. If you don’t have the time, or want to pay for airport dining, get something to takeaway that you can enjoy on the plane later. Stopping at Pret for croissants to enjoy in the ‘morning’ is something I like to do!  

Treat yourself, you are on holiday after all!

Depending on where you are going, alcohol may be included as part and parcel of your ticket. But why stop at shorts, beer and wine. Treat yourself to a bottle of bubbly to enjoy on your flight. It’ll help make the trip feel a hell of a lot more luxurious.

Little luxuries

The air on the airplane, regardless of if you are in first class or economy is more then a little drying. If you’ve ever wondered why some come off the plane looking flawless, whilst you stumble off looking like a Fraggle Rock character, it’s because they’ve gone prepared. Take the following items to use during your flight and you’ll marvel at the difference it makes:

  • Lip balm: you’ll want to use this a fair amount during your trip to avoid them drying and cracking.
  • Face cream: top up your moisture levels during the flight and apply face cream a couple of times.
  • Hand cream: every time you wash or sanitise your hands, follow up with hand cream and even every now and then throughout the flight. It really does make the world of difference.
  • Masks: we’re talking sheet and eye masks. It is amazing what air travel does to your skin; you may find your skin gets a little puffy and a lack of sleep is never good. Why not take a mask to enjoy during your flight? Not only will you feel loads better, but you’ll also look better for it too.
  • For the morning: makeup remover wipes, toothbrush and toothpaste (maybe even a small mouthwash), hair smoothing cream, concealer, tinted moisturiser, mascara, and a travel sized perfume or deodorant. Ok, so this is a pretty extensive list but these items will really help you to feel fresher and ready to start your holiday when you get to the other end.

Be sure to also drink a stupid amount of water during your flight to boost hydration. You’ll feel so much better for it.

Watch what you want

Depending on where you’re going, in-flight entertainment is pretty good to be fair. But it’s your trip, so if you want to catch up on your reading or finally get around to watching that movie or series that’s forever been on your watch list, download it onto your device so you can watch it whilst in the air!

Do you have any other tips for enjoying the flight experience? We’d love to hear from you! Be sure to leave us a comment below.

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