The Perfect Pleasurable Flight Checklist – 52 Checklists Project Week 17
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I have been flying a lot lately for work and I’ve realized that flying in coach class can be downright unpleasant if you’re not well prepared. The airlines seem to be making the seats smaller and smaller and offering less and less amenities on flights. If you’re flying, and you don’t want to have a miserable experience, you have to come prepared. As I was flying last Wednesday, I created my checklist: 10 Things to Make Flying More Pleasurable. These are 10 “must-have” items that will greatly enhance your flying experience.
- Neck Pillow – a neck pillow is a life saver – especially if you happen to be in the middle or aisle and want to catch a little snooze.
- Water Bottle – it’s very important to drink water during flights. The air in the plane is very dehydrating and drinking water makes you less susceptible to germs. You can’t bring a full water bottle through security, but you can carry an empty bottle and fill it up on the other side of security or purchase a bottle of water at an airport shop.
- Chewing gum – As you’re ascending or descending the pressure changes can be uncomfortable on your ears. Chewing gum can help equalize the pressure and relieve discomfort, although it’s not the gum itself that helps. The actions of chewing and swallowing helps to equalize pressure and easing both the stress on your inner ear and the associated discomfort. I like using gum, but sucking on candy or drinking (remember your water bottle) can help as well.
- Fun Magazine – The airplane is one of the only times I get to read fun magazines (other than in doctor waiting rooms), so I love getting two or three magazines to flip through during a flight. This definitely adds to the pleasure quotient of a flight for me.
- Great Book – a great book can also make the hours fly (no pun intended). For me, I like a story with a great plot that I can’t put down. If you want some suggestions, you can check out this article on 11 Mesmerizing Books for Long Flights or my previous checklist of 10 Books to Read in 2016.
- A Friend – Travel is always better when you have a friend or loved one you can talk to. My favorite travel partner is my husband, and I’m lucky that most of the time I fly he’s right beside me. When I travel alone, it’s the perfect opportunity to meet a new friend and if I’m feeling sociable I’ll befriend a seat-mate.
- Headphones – The good thing is that many airplanes now have individual screens for each seat where you can pick the movies and shows you want to watch or the music you want to listen to. The bad thing is that they no longer hand out headphones. You bring your own or you have to pay for a crappy set. It’s best to bring your own.
- Snacks – The airplane meal, especially if you’re flying domestically, seems to have gone the way of the Dodo Bird. It’s best to bring food and snacks with you on the flight. This is true, especially if you’re flying with kids.
- Eye Mask – if you’re flying at night and want to sleep an eye mask is perfect for blocking out light, and last but not least:
- Ear Plugs – again, if you’re trying to get some sleep, ear plugs will help block out the noise around and promote some shut eye.
Those are the 10 items on my checklist to have a pleasurable flight. What is on your list? How do you make flying more pleasurable?
Monick Paul Halm is the Chief Creative Officer at the Checklist Mom. She has made it her mission to empower women and moms to thrive in their lives, families, and careers. She’s a busy mom and stepmom of 3, certified life and career coach, author, speaker, and real estate investor. She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms. You can connect with her on the Checklist Mom Facebook Page and on twitter as @thereikicoach.
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