Going amazing places sometimes requires a long flight. Any hacks or tips people have for sleeping on a plane? Any favorite items or pillow you’d recommend? General comfort ideas or stretches?
I purposely drink a lot of water on long flights, which makes me get up to use the bathroom. That way, it ensures I get some circulation and movement. Also, every four or so hours, I get up and walk to the back of the plane and do a little stretching (reach down to touch my toes and hang for a few; air squats; pulling my arms across my chest to stretch my shoulders).
I don't have any good sleep ideas so I'm interested to read suggestions from others!
An eye mask and noise-cancelling headphones. Shoes without laces that are easy to put on and take off and some comfy, warm socks. Fasten the seatbelt above your blanket. That way the flight attendants don't have to wake you up if the "fasten seatbelt" signs come on.
I avoid caffeine prior to flying and during the flight. Eye masks and earplugs aren't my thing but earbuds help with white noise if that's helpful for you. I agree with loose shoes you can slip on and off in need be. I've heard melatonin works well but have never needed it. I usually use the head clips that are usually on the top of the flight seats where your head sits. You can usually snap them towards the middle of the seat to keep your head straight. If not I just roll up a jacket or blanket as a pillow. I think sitting near a window helps too because no one is needing to wake you up and get past you.
If you have a stranger sitting right next to you, I'd advise asking first before taking off your shoes. In such public, inescapable circumstances, people from many cultures/backgrounds would find that rude.
Additionally, there are a bunch of diverse commerical and DIY travel pillow designs out there. If you have the time, testing them out with sitting-up naps before a long trip might help.
During colder months, I like to use a larger scarf that can double as a light blanket. I'm not a fan of inflatable pillows, so I use a memory foam neck pillow that can easily be tucked away in a compression sack. It makes traveling with neck pillows less cumbersome. You can use the neck pillow as lumbar support as well.
I would say don't forget to wear compression socks on the plane-- they are truly a wonder to travel with! A great trick to help with circulation on long flights.
First class or Biz class flat-bed seat if you can get it.
But seriously, in coach, try the following: