I had not been on a plane until I was 21 years old. I went to Disney World with my Boyfriend (then to become fiancé on that trip- now husband.) I was anxious, not sure of what to expect. I had never really got car sick or sea sick, so I figured I wouldn’t be susceptible to plane ailments. WRONG. I cried like a baby. I had a case of nerves, but what got me was my ears. The pain was so severe, worse than the worst ear infection I can remember (I had tubes put in my ear when I was kid, because of said ear infections.) from the moment we landed I was wondering how much it would cost to rent a car and drive back to Canada. I have since been on many other trips including Transcontinental’s. See below me on a plane before said first flight.
After trying all the tricks I have googled and advice from friends, these are the tips I use for a smooth flight.
- Gummy Bears- Chewy gummy bears are sweet and a lot more fun to eat that gum. I do bring aback of gum as well, at some point you will eat one too many gummy bears, and then possibly feel sick. Either way mission accomplished- you are too busy focusing on how many yummy gummy bears you ate to focus on your nerves. Lol Joking. But any thing chewy helps me.
- Water- in a pop cap water bottle or with a straw. The way you drink sips of water will help your ear pressure on they way up and down. I find if you buy water at the airport, they always seem to have a bottle with a pop up spout, these are my favourite.
- Gravol- This helps keep my stomach calm. My stomach doesn’t really need it per say- but why not?
- Sans Alcohol- Stay sober, if your not a expert flyer. There are other ways to calm yourself, and its more effective when your in control.
- Ear Plug Air Regulators- These plugs have little air chambers in the plug itself and helps the pressure regulate. These are my must have item.
- You already have water! check. Stay hydrated and this will help your system.
- Neck Pillow. Some people have curved neck pillow that go around the neck, but I like the traditional square. Especially if you have window seat, its easier to lean on a square pillow. Memory foam is the best!
- Blanket, a scarf or a blanket will help you regulate your body temperature especially on long flights with the A/C going. It helps if you want to sleep too.
- iPad or Tablet with headphones to watch movies. A lot of airlines don’t have built in TVs in the head rest anymore. And no one wants to strain their neck to watch the horribly placed overhead TV.
Nice to Haves
- Advil or Tylenol to aid your head from that screaming baby.
- A facial spray/mist to hydrate your skin. Since it wouldn’t be socially expectable to have a wet nap bath.
- Lip Balm, your lips are going to be dry too.
- Compression Socks, for circulation and good healthy blood flow
- Go to the bathroom at the last possible moment before you board the plane. And see if you want wait till you land go use the airport washroom. Plane washrooms are…. ewww
- Don’t count on getting sleep. Work in jet lag and sleep time before and after your flight. Murphy’s law will suggest 1 crying baby per flight.