7 Tips for Comfortable and Calm Air Travel

July 14, 2015,

We all know that travelling is fun but often, the least fun part is being in the plane. Sure, planes are exciting but once the novelty of air travel wears off within the first hour or so, you realize that you’re stuck on a plane, thousands of kilometers (or miles!) in the air, with limited space, oxygen and resources! I appreciate the plane as a tool to get me to my destination safely and relatively comfortably but there’s always room for improvement and tips – which is what I will supply you with today!

Here are 7 tips for comfortable, smooth and calming air travel.

A good night’s sleep
First, make sure you have had a good night’s sleep before the day of your flight. I suggest listening to a soothing soundtrack or meditation video (you can easily find awesome meditations for free on YouTube) as you doze off. Another tip that ties into this is: wake up, work out and have a great breakfast. For me, working out or at least getting a great stretch in is a foolproof way to ensure a more comfortable journey (those endorphins don’t lie!).

Aromatherapy
Lavender is soothing and eases stress almost instantly, which is why I still use it when flying. If ever I feel a little nervous or even excited, a whiff of lavender will settle my nerves and of course, it also smells awesome. You can even put some on the small of your wrist or behind your ears to keep the subtle calming scent with you all the time. Another essential oil to bring is peppermint. Peppermint kills bacteria and keeps your sinuses clear, keeping you healthy during your flight. It also eases any nausea. I had a big problem with nausea while flying but since I’ve started travelling with aromatherapy I have no longer suffer! Success!

No-jetlag pills
 On the note of natural remedies, the all-natural “No-Jetlag” pills have been a major lifesaver. Upon landing and subsequently returning from my destination, I felt minimally tired as compared to when I did not use the pills. What I also love about the no-jetlag pills is that the package lasts a long time (50 hours of flying) so it is a great investment.

Chewing gum
I like all-natural gum with a mild flavour like cinnamon (in Quebec I purchase “Pur” brand). Chewing gum on take-off and upon landing is great in settling your stomach (added bonus if it includes natural ingredients like cinnamon or peppermint) and to ease ear pain associated with pressure change.

An oversized scarf
Wear an oversized scarf that can double as a blanket. I like the Lululemon vinyasa scarf. I like having my own “blanket” so that is why I always wear a big scarf to the airport and use it cover myself up during the flight. I recently purchased a wool poncho in Florence that works great too.

Hydrate
I’m sure you’ve heard this before but it is vital for you to keep hydrated while travelling. Drink water and always have a bottle of fresh water with you. You can always ask the flight attendant to fill up your bottle instead of giving you a new plastic cup every hour or so. This way, it’s better for the environment too! I like this soft water bottle for travel. 

Affirmations or power phrases
I suggest coming up with a power phrase that you repeat to yourself whenever you feel doubt, discomfort or fear while flying (heck, even on land). I like, “Harmony and peace, love and joy surround me and indwell me. I am safe and secure.” This is an affirmation I memorized from Louise Hay’s book “You Can Heal Your Life”.

Over to you! What are some ways you deal with air travel? What are your favourite items to bring in your carry-on?7 Tips for Comfortable and Calm Air Travel

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4 Comments

  • Reply Ilena July 15, 2015 at 3:49 am

    On my most recent trip I used the peppermint oil on my wrists, the nape of neck and I even rubbed some on my temples. It was wonderful!

    I have experienced bloating on longer flights and that is very annoying! I find wearing loose clothing helps. But you are right…flying can get uncomfortable. I really appreciate your tips. Thanks and I love your photo of the plane in flight! ✈️✨

    • Reply Happiest When Exploring July 16, 2015 at 9:38 pm

      Thank you! I agree.. I wore a loose dress for the first time on a flight (usually flying with leggings) and it was so much more comfortable!

  • Reply Steve August 20, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    When travelling in “regular” class, the biggest challenge is the seat width , the leg room and (possibly the armrest).
    Not much can be done here, try to get up every so often, wash your face with cool water!
    Oh, and if you are stuck in the middle, between two strangers, make sure you agree who will get the armrest during the flight.
    On my last trip, I politely asked if the passenger next to me would prefer to use the armrest during the first half or second half of the flight, turns out I could have the armrest the entire flight!!! Not so on the way there however!!!!

    • Reply Happiest When Exploring August 21, 2015 at 11:29 pm

      Yes – we just have to ask! Thanks for pointing that out.

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