25 genius hacks that will make your plane ride less terrible
THERE’S A REASON every single stand-up comedian has a bit about flying: everyone hates doing it. The food on the planes is bad. The food in the airports is bad. The seats on the plane are crammed. The seats in the airport are impossible to get comfortable in. Security is a nightmare. You get sick every damn time you get on board. Babies cry the whole flight. Kids kick your seat the whole flight. A passenger with an annoying voice gets hammered and talks too loud.
Flying, in short, is a nightmare. Here are some travel hacks to make it less terrible.
1. Exercise before going to the airport.
This isn’t always possible, but if you can, get in a good workout before leaving for the airport. It boosts your endorphins (making you less grumpy), boosts your immune system (so you don’t get sick), and also makes it easier for you to fall asleep once onboard.
2. Morning flights have less turbulence.
If you get motion sickness, it’s better to travel in the morning. As the earth heats throughout the day, the hot air rises, causing storms and winds. While storms canhappen at any time, they are more likely to happen in the afternoon. So you’ll reduce your chances of getting a bumpy flight if you fly early.
3. You’ll feel the turbulence the least over the wings.
Turbulence is felt most in the back of the plane, and least over the wings.
4. If you don’t mind turbulence, then sit up front.
The air is fresher and cooler up front and warmer towards the back.
5. Be cool to the flight attendants.
This is just common sense. The people who don’t suck get taken better care of.
6. You can’t bring liquids through security. You can bring empty mugs with tea bags.
If you don’t want to spend on Starbucks or drink watery airplane coffee, just bring an empty travel mug with tea bags inside. The flight attendants will be able to fill it with hot water on the plane. If you prefer coffee to tea, you can just put your coffee grounds in a tea infuser.
7. Frozen liquids are allowed through security.
In a pinch, you can bring a bottle of frozen water (or tea or coffee) through security. This is only really practical if you’re going on a long enough flight for it to defrost, though — the liquids have to be frozen solid while you’re going through security. They can’t be half melted.