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Toys and Tips to Keep You Calm and Relaxed While Flying

December 12, 2011 | Permalink

You’ve finally gotten your paid time off, and you’ve booked the vacation of a lifetime. There’s nothing keeping you from relishing in your well-deserved, luxurious, relaxing time—except for the flight to get you to your destination and the seemingly eternal wait at the airport.

Nowadays, it doesn’t matter what time of the year you fly, what day of the week you fly or where you fly. Regardless, the plane is usually filled to the brim, and chances are that you will have people smashed next to you on either side. More than likely, you’ll end up more stressed out and aggravated by the end of the flight, leaving you a pile of nerves at your destination.

Luckily, there are certain steps that you can take and things that you can do to keep yourself calm, relaxed and relatively stress free. You can even take items meant to soothe and relax you throughout the flight so that you don’t have any reason to lose your cool and be too aggravated to enjoy your vacation.

1. Fly non-stop, not direct.

There is a difference! Non-stop flights go from Point A to Point B with no touchdowns anywhere, while direct flights touch down at various airports. This can cause delays, which could add hours to your flight if things turn out badly. It’s better to bite the bullet, pay a little more and book a non-stop flight.

2. Buy travel insurance.

With airlines filing for bankruptcy protection after feeling the economic crunch and with turbulent weather conditions, it’s better to be prepared rather than to lose your cash because of something that you couldn’t control. Your travel insurance costs will vary, depending on where you travel, but it will not be more than a small percentage of your entire package. Some websites allow you to purchase just flight insurance or just medical coverage, so you can tailor fit your purchase to your needs.

3. Rock your favorite tunes, watch your favorite movie or play online.

If you carry on a laptop, mp3 player, or DVD player, you’ll instantly have a more enjoyable trip. Airlines have recognized this, and some offer wireless support and headphones for passengers to use. If, for some reason, you forget your computer or other electronic devices, some airlines that offer WiFi also have laptops for use on their planes, and you can take advantage of this for a nominal fee.

4. Pack light.

One of the most aggravating parts of the flying process is waiting for your luggage at the end. There’s always a slight risk that you’ll only end up with the clothes on your back and whatever carryon items you brought with you, but there are ways to minimize that risk. There are several checkpoint friendly luggage pieces that you can purchase to use as carryon luggage, and you’ll be able to skip the wait at the luggage drop-off completely.

Remember: the goal of this trip is to relax, enjoy yourself and have a once in a lifetime experience. Do not let something as simple as a bad flight ruin your chance to enjoy your vacation.

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