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How to survive a 32″ seat pitch this summer

The British weather hasn’t let us down with the temperamental summer and that can only mean that it’s time to head off on that much-anticipated getaway. Unless you always turn left when boarding a plane, you’ll know all about the squeeze of economy class. So, what are the best ways to travel in comfort? I gathered a few suggestions in the list below.

Dress comfortably

It’s not a fashion parade. Personally when boarding a flight, wearing anything ‘trendy’ does not occur to me. Comfort over fashion is always the winner. For women, the trend of leggings is welcomed for air travel! Pair them with a jumper (it’s typically a lot cooler once you’re in the skies) and comfortable shoes, and you’re onto a winner.

Stay hydrated

Hot drinks, water and ideally little or no alcohol will help to keep you hydrated. Many airlines will supply drinking water upon request and on a long haul flight, there should be the provision of hot drinks. Avoid caffeine! It’ll prevent you from sleeping and can be dehydrating which increases the chance of headaches and taking more time to overcome jetlag – which means less time to enjoy your holiday.

Don’t stay seated – move around

Staying seated for several hours is uncomfortable at the best of times, let alone for several hours with no respite from the seated position. To avoid achy joints and muscle tension, be sure to leave your seat as often as possible, even if only to stand in an aisle and stretch your legs. Not only this but you are at a higher risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) when flying, so moving your muscles will help. However, please be respectful of space and privacy of those around you.

Prepare to sleep

If you have a long or overnight flight then make preparations for sleep. Whether you need an eye-mask, travel pillow, earplugs or a book to help you doze off, make sure that you pack it into your hand luggage and have it to hand when necessary. I prefer to drink peppermint tea before bed, so I tend to keep tea bags in my carry-on. It’s then easy enough to ask for hot water and relax. If you’re comfortable then it is much more likely that you will rest for the flight and be in a much better mood once you land.

Take boiled sweets on-board for take-off and landing

I always suffer with a headache and the pain of my ears popping upon take-off and landing. This only seems to clear if I have water or boiled sweets, so if you suffer with this as I do then be sure to take sweets on board with you and water (if possible).

Do you have any other tips to share for preparing for a flight/ being on board?

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