Travelling in first class is an experience. You’re made to feel super super special and nothing is too much trouble. I have never experienced this super special feeling at the front of the plane, behind that plush curtain, but every flight I take in economy I try to make as comfortable as possible. There are some little hits, tips and tricks that can make economy that little bit more luxurious.
Start at the airport
Depending on which airport I travel out of I see if there are any deals for the executive lounges. If you add up the cost of a couple of coffees, a meal and maybe a glass of wine, a beer or glass of fizz you could have gone into an executive lounge. Some lounges can be naff – Manchester Airport Aspire lounge specifically. Others are pretty nice, Toronto Pearson, Dublin and Heathrow lounges are all really nice. Heading off to an executive lounge is just a nicer experience than wandering round the shops trying to waste time, queuing for an overpriced drink and then trying to find somewhere to sit. Executive lounges have comfy seats, a decent view and all you can eat food and drink (within reason of course). Heading to the plane from an executive lounge will make you feel that little bit more special.
Some airlines will give you a little comfort pack with a sleep mask, earplugs and some dodgy socks that always make my feet sweat (TMI I know). Before you even head off to the airport build in some time to prepare your own inflight kit. This should include things like hand cream, a magazine or book of your choice, face wipes and a toothbrush set.
Choose your seat wisely
As you probably know you can pay a little bit extra for a seat with more leg room. If you’re tall and you’re going long haul I would recommend it. It’s always worth asking at check in if the flight is full and if there are any extra leg room seats. Check out SeatGuru.com to find out which seats offer the most leg room on your flight.
I personally think airline food has got better, it’s not exactly five star but it’s kind of edible. A trick if you’re wanting something a bit more bespoke is to choose a meal from the special requirements section (there is a drop down menu for this). These meals include gluten free, kosher, reduced salt and vegetarian.
Dress for comfort
Being comfortable is the most important thing when travelling, especially if it’s a night flight. If you can, pack a change of clothes in your hand luggage. I opt for lounge pants and a cosy jumper and change into this after my meal. Take your make up off, stick your earplugs in and sleep mask on and try and get some sleep. If you’re one of those people who struggles to sleep on a plane try and at least close your eyes and rest.
Avoid alcohol and caffeine
Yes you’ve heard this several times and I know it’s hard to avoid that glass of wine at the airport and then the first drink when the drink trolley comes round. If you really fancy a drink have the free one they give you with your meal and stick to soft drinks and hot water/flavoured tea the rest of the time. I promise you you’ll free so much fresher.
Happy flying everyone
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