I’ll be honest, I’d rather drive 14 hours to port than fly, but driving isn’t always an option (such as when we cruised out of San Juan last December). Here are 5 things you can do to make the flight a little more bearable.

  1.  Bring your own over the ear headphones. Yes, you might be able to buy ear buds on the plane, but they aren’t always the most comfortable (and sometimes they don’t even work). For that matter, especially if you have a long flight, you might find over ear headphones are far more comfortable to wear than ear buds.


  1. Download your favorite podcasts, audiobooks, movies or games so that you have plenty to keep you busy during the flight. Or just pack a good book or two that you’ve been meaning to catch up on!

  1. Don’t forget to fully charge your devices before leaving, and even more importantly, don’t forget your charger(s)! Buying replacements at the airport can be terribly expensive (speaking from experience).

  1. Bring an empty water bottle and fill it AFTER you have gone through security. You might also want to bring small snacks or even a sandwich with you. Some flights have food you can purchase on board, but you will pay dearly for it. Just avoid bringing anything with nuts should someone near you have a nut allergy. Better yet, eat a full meal before you board the plane.

  1. Even if you are going to a warm destination and it is summer, consider a light sweater or jacket, especially if you are prone to getting cold easily. Sometimes the airplane can get chilly!

Frequent flyers may find these tips are second nature, but if you only fly once or twice a year, you might not think about some of these. Also, don’t forget to check in as soon as you are allowed (usually 24 hours before your flight leaves).

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Karen Gibson
Karen Gibson

Although she did not go on her first cruise until later in life, Karen became immediately addicted. If she's not planning a cruise, she is dreaming of her next one. She loves cruising so much that along with her son they opened Cruise Crazy Store which is filled with cruise themed items perfect for cruise-aholics and in 2018 started Cruise Crazy Travel, a travel agency that specializes in setting up cruises.

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