You’ll never guess how noisy flights can be when you look at a flying plane from the ground. But the motors, machinery, and people are a lot for your poor ears to handle. With earplugs, you’ll have much less noise to worry about, plus it will help you sleep off at least some of the way.
This doesn’t mean you have to magically become a decade older. It just means you want your feet to be somewhat comfortable for a few uncomfortable hours. So ditch the glam for now and opt for something more foot-friendly. Bonus points if you can slip the shoes off easily for airport security.
The air inside the plane is not like the air we breathe on the ground. It’s pressurized and dry, so it’s important to retain hydration. Most passengers around you will ask for coffee or sweetened beverages, but don’t let them be your role model. Ask for water and get refills about once every 60-90 minutes. You might have to take a trip or two to the bathroom but you’ll be in much better shape than everyone else once you land.
If you’re the kind of person who keeps everything in his/her pockets, this one’s for you. Normally, good pockets will help you travel light and avoid carrying a big bag, but planes are a different story. Since you’ll be sitting down most of the time, your keys, wallet, cellphone, and bubblegum will only make things uncomfortable for you. Get a little bag to fit all those items in and stick in the pocket of the seat in front of you as you buckle up.
It might seem silly to mention it as a tip because being nice is just good manners. But other than showing you were raised properly, being polite and kind can score you some bonus points with the in-flight crew, and they are the ones with access to perks with upgrades. A smile could be instrumental in getting a second bag of peanuts.