How To Make the Most of Your Airline Experience

by Jon DeMeo

When most people think about flying, they imagine a miserable time cramped in a seat with no leg room.  I have taken flights that have consisted of 15 straight hours on an airplane.  At first it sounds pretty miserable, but if you bring the right tools to get you through it, even long flights can be enjoyable.

While this blog can’t make more room in your seat, I hope it helps you enjoy your flight a little more.

When I sit down, I see that space as my home for however long the flight is.  Preferred seat choice varies from person to person, but I enjoy the aisle or the window over a middle seat.  The benefit of the aisle is that you can get up at any time to stretch your legs or go to the bathroom.  The downside is you have to get up every time someone else wants to do the same.  The window seat is great because no one ever has to cross over you, but you are at the mercy of others if you need to stretch or go to the bathroom.

Before boarding, I try and get my stuff together that I will have out on the flight.  I have a small bag that I keep all important items in (glasses, contacts, medications, gum, headphones, earplugs, etc.) that I put on the top of my bag before boarding so I can grab it quickly when I arrive at my seat.

Once I am in my seat I perform “The Wipe Down.”  I have been made fun of multiple times for doing this, but over time those same people begin to use this technique, especially on long flights.  I don’t know who was in my seat before me and if they were possibly sick, had a small child with them or even threw up on the flight.  I like to have my trusty Clorox wipes to do a quick wipe down of my tray, armrests and anything I’ll come in contact with.  This creates a space that I feel is decently clean and will make me rest a little easier.

I also utilize what the airplane has given me for storage.  Some planes have utility hooks and shelves built in to the seat in front of you.  Take advantage of those spaces to organize your belongings and get settled in.  My goal is always to clear space by my feet so that I can stretch out as much as I can.  One trick I use to maximize space is to put a carabiner on my small travel pouch and hook it to the pocket in front of me between my legs.  This is dead space for me but keeps my bag accessible and off the ground.

Finally, there are a few essentials that I believe are the key to surviving a long flight.

The Five Items I Always Have In My Bag Are:

  1. A small flashlight
  2. Ear Plugs
  3. USB Portable Charger
  4. Gum
  5. Clif Bar

While you can’t gain any extra space at your seat without spending more money, you can make your time a little more enjoyable by applying some of the above suggestions.  Happy travels!

IMG_1163-2ABOUT JON: Originally from the great state of Pennsylvania, I now currently reside in Topeka, KS working for a non-profit called Trash Mountain Project. I have always had a love for the outdoors and enjoy every chance I get to be in nature. Some of my other passions include staying up to date on the latest technology, traveling, biking with my family, photography, graphic design and video work. I love helping individuals and organizationS tell a compelling story and seeing it from start to finish. My family has a passion for serving people and trying to show hope in areas that need it most! I am married to Elaine and have one son, Jameson.
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