Secrets to Sitting on an Airplane for Your Most Comfortable Flight Ever
Give your body a break during a flight—long or short—with these expert-approved air travel tips.
No matter the duration of your next flight, one thing is for sure: We all want to be comfy and content while we’re stuck on an airplane. Love it or hate it, airplane travel is a necessity when it comes to both work and pleasure, and putting air travel tips to work is key to helping you make every moment as comfortable as possible. So your bags are checked, you’ve triple-checked what can be carried on an airplane, your boarding pass is scanned, and you have your travel-ready neck pillow in tow—now it’s time to study up on the right air travel tips.
Whether you’re jetting off for a bit of spring break recreation or heading somewhere for work, we have a few air travel tips to make sure your next flight is the most comfortable travel ride yet. Up, up, and away!
1 Embrace your inner yogi
A plane isn’t the ideal place to unwind and relax, but there are certain things you can do while sitting to make your flight a little more tolerable.
Rachel Grice, a registered yoga teacher and a contributing editor at LiveStrong says, “The healthiest way to sit on a plane is actually to avoid sitting—or at least sitting still—for as much of the flight as you can. When you are sitting, though, you want to have good posture just like you would sitting anywhere else.”
“Just like sitting at a desk, you want to take breaks to get up and move and stretch,” she says. “Walk up and down the aisle or stretch in the aisle. You don’t have to have a full-on yoga session, but a quad stretch, arms stretch, and some side bends are good options.”
2 Dress casually and comfortably
Speaking of yoga, one wouldn’t work out in jeans. So why would you sport uncomfortable clothing on a flight? Try loose clothing such as casual joggers, a cozy pullover, slip-on shoes, and T-shirts for a wardrobe that’s well-suited to a plane ride.
3 Pack travel accessories
When it comes to air travel accessories, the sky is the limit. Investing in a few key plane accessories, such as an eye mask, a neck-supporting travel pillow, and a travel blanket, can make all the difference on board.
4 When in doubt, move about
In case turbulence hits and you just can’t leave your seat, Grice has a few passenger seat mobility tips:
- Neck circles: chin down, slowly roll your head from one shoulder to the other
- Wrist circles: rotate your hands to move your wrists clockwise, and then counterclockwise
- Shoulder circles: roll your shoulders back a few times and forward a few times
- Arm across chest stretch (just don’t hit your seatmates!)
- Knee to chest stretch
- Hip stretch: cross your left foot on top of your right knee and press your left knee down slightly, and then switch sides
- Ankle circles: rotate your feet to move your ankles clockwise, and then counterclockwise
Still feeling a little tense? Grice has one last, fail-proof plan for relaxing while in the air: “Another thing you can do while in your seat focuses on flexing and relaxing individual muscle groups—calves, quads, glutes, biceps, lats, etc. Hold each for three to five seconds, and then release. Repeat a few times, working from your feet to your head.”
Here’s to your most comfortable flight yet.