It’s no secret that travel can be quite stressful. Even if you have earned a free incentive trip, you could be dreading the flight you have to take to get to your destination. If this sounds like you, you’re in luck because we’ve got some simple hacks you can use to make your flight on your incentive trip a little easier! Aside from the usual tricks of early check in, choosing your seat ahead of time and arrive at the airport early, here are some tips you can use while you’re actually in the air.
- Bring headphones. We’ve all seen it before, or should I say heard it before. The crying baby that seems to be on every flight in the history of ever. By bringing headphones you can drown out the baby noise, and as a bonus that chatty neighbor sitting next to you over-sharing about their long lost relatives they are going to see. You know who I mean!
- Of course, if you’re bringing headphones, you gotta bring something to listen to. Opt for a tablet that you have pre-downloaded music and videos to. While you’re at it, bring an external power source to extend the life of your battery. You can get these for as little as $10 in some stores and it can as much as double the time length of your battery. For longer flights, bring two back up sources. Just make sure you have them charged before you get on the plane.
- Pack snacks in your carry on. You’re likely to get a free beverage, but most flights don’t include food anymore without charging a fee. Save some coin by bringing your own snacks. Think trail mix, crackers, heck you could even bring a sandwich. Just don’t bring anything liquid to eat to avoid the wrath of the TSA.
- Consider an eye mask. This is especially great for late night flights when you want to block out the light from that guy sitting next to you that will not turn off his overhead light even though it’s 2 a.m.!
- Don’t forget a book. Inevitably your tablet will die and you’ll need a real book. Besides, you can only read that sky shopping magazine the airline provided so many times before boredom sets in.
Now, we want to hear from you! What’s your favorite hack for making your flight time less stressful? Leave a comment below!