Flying can be very stressful regardless of time of the day you take off. However, when it comes to overnight flight, there are some extra frustrations that should be taken into account. It’s difficult to survive overnight flight when noisy neighbors keep you awake all night long, and not to mention those cramped seats. Check out a few tips on how to survive overnight flight that will help to make your travels less stressful.
1. Bring along a set of earplugs and an eyeshade
You never know when you will be seated close to a night owl who wants to stay up reading or even a crying infant, so it’s important to take along a set of earplugs and an eyeshade. Even if you don’t use them, they won’t take up a lot of space in your bag. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, right?
2. Pack a travel pillow
If you are not flying first class, your seat’s headrest will be not so comfortable. And that’s why I always pack a travel pillow I’ve tested out. Total Pillow is my favorite, since it can easily be rearranged and twisted to help support your neck and your back as needed.
3. Eat a healthy meal before you board
During my first overnight flight, I remember sitting awake all night long, because I was hungry and I hadn’t packed any snacks. No matter what the length of your flight is, bringing healthy snacks like fruit, crackers and granola bars, and a bottle of water on board is especially important for surviving overnight flight. When eating beforehand, be sure to avoid greasy and fatty meals, since they may leave you feeling uncomfortable and bloated.
4. Don’t drink alcohol
Remember drinking alcohol won’t help you sleep, it’ll just leave you feeling a little tipsy and disoriented when it is time to wake up. Stick with water instead. Drinking water will help you stay hydrated, reduce stress and feel great.
5. Focus on comfort
While it’s hard to rest and feel comfortable when you are thirsty or hungry, it’s extremely difficult to feel comfortable when your clothing is restricting and tight. Sure, you won’t be able to wear your pajamas, but a cozy pair of sweatpants, your favorite socks, a T-shirt and cardigan will be perfect for overnight flights.
6. Get up to stretch
Whether you are walking up and down the aisle or visiting the lavatory, getting up to stretch will help to avoid sore muscles and restlessness, and prevent blood clots. Take an opportunity each time you wake up to get out of your seat for a while. This can help make it easier to rest again.
7. Listen to music
Every time when I cannot sleep during overnight flights, I listen to some soothing music that helps block out excess noise and puts my mind at ease. But be sure to avoid looking at the bright lights from your smartphone or iPad, since it may keep you awake.
Do you have any other tips for surviving overnight flights? Please comment below and thanks for reading!