I have never been a good flyer. For as long as I can remember I would get as nauseous and dizzy as humanly possible and it only got worse as I got older. Now, being sure to not let a little motion sickness get me down, I am travelling more than ever and have some top tips to make flying easier; for all you puke pals out there. I suppose this is also for the average, more modest traveller as well; it may not all apply if you are in first class but maybe something to read while you’re waiting to board… maybe?
- Do Your Research: Here, I’m not just talking about how long your flight is or where you’re sitting; I mean, how many rows and seats are on the flight, what kind of plane is it, and what the particular route has been like in the past. Some flights and planes are smoother than others and the more you know about the flight. The harder you’re expecting the flight to be, the easier it may be to get through as it won’t live up to your ‘expectations’.
- Motion Sickness Bands: Specifically for those who get motion sickness, these are preventative rather than a solution after-the-fact. They can be purchased at any local pharmacy, and applies pressure to certain points on your wrists to keep sickness at bay. I’m not really sure how they work or why they work, and there could totally be a placebo effect involved; but they are conveniently pocket sized, and
- Find Meds that Work For You: Gravol; Advil; or Steroids; there are a plethora of options that can make your flight a little more bearable. I don’t use steroids, and Advil or any anti-inflammatory are best applied post-sickness, to help it subside. Gravol is great for that middle ground just before the nausea and anxiety set in. The texture also works as a distraction. Not everything is going to work in the same way (obviously); take a few weeks or months where you test your options. This way, you’ll also know if you do not have a good reaction.
- Dress Comfortably: Unless you have paparazzi waiting at your gate, no one travelling expects you to be all decked out with hair and wardrobe; the last thing you need before getting on a plane is to be worried about your dress creasing or hat hair. I’d recommend not being a total slob (unless you’re feeling yourself) but maybe a pair of jeggings and a crop top with a zip hoodie. But really, it should just be what is easily transitioned if departing or arriving; and whatever is comfortable for you.
- Bring Toiletries: This one is pretty simple; if you check a bag be sure to bring a small bag of the basics in your carry-on. At the very least, brushing your teeth and using your favourite moisturizer will make you feel semi-human in a moment of complete vulnerability (and by this I am referring to how disgusting you feel while flying).
- Snacks & Water: It’s pretty simple; plane food sucks. And I think we can all agree that should you be feeling even semi-unwell, the last thing you want is to be smelling week old beef stew that has been microwaved for 5 minutes *puke face*. By bringing your own snacks – and a HUGE bottle of water – you can pick what makes you feel good and make it last as long as you need to. TOP TIP: I usually go for pizza and wrap the slices individually so that I don’t have to worry about spillage. While airlines make you dump out liquids, you are allowed to pack food in your carry on.
- Invest Your Attention: Read a book, play a game, watch a movie or listen to a podcast. Investing your attention and keeping yourself distracted is going to be a major factor in your experience and this way you’re not focused on how sick you feel, or how scary the flight may be. This is definitely easier said than done, but if you can find something you really enjoy prior to travelling, you’re more likely to enjoy the flight (as much as you can).
- Ask Questions: The flight attendants are your best friends, and if there is something they can help you with, just ask. If you’re nice to them they will be nice to you and they are there to make the flight as comfortable as they can. There is a first aid kit on board (duh) and pretty much unlimited drinking; so if you need a bandaid or a glass of rose, these flights are pretty prepared to manage your discomfort and/or annoyance. This also applies to other travellers; if you feel better sitting along the window or the aisle, think about explaining the situation to others and asking if you can switch seats. The worst they could say is no, and you have the above 7 tips to help you get you through your travels.