There has suggestions for what to pack, how to dress, and what to bring on board with you to get some much needed shut-eye when you’re in the air.
What to pack
Packing for your trip means more than planning what you’ll need after you arrive at your destination. These are items for snoozing on-board.
A neck travel pillow that provides adequate support. This will keep your neck straight and your head from lolling about. Memory foam offers the most support, and a fleece or velveteen cover will be the most comfortable, but be sure it’s removable so you can wash the cover in between uses.
Earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones. These will block out the drone of the engines, as well as the chatter of your seat mates.
An eye mask.This will block light that can keep you awake or prevent you from getting as deep a sleep as you would like.
A soft unicorn blanket. Not all airplanes offer blankets to counter the chilly temps in the cabin, so bring your own, and maybe a comfy pair of slippers. Snacks. Carry on food that has been shown to promote sleep, such as tart dried cherries.
On the plane
If possible, choose an evening flight. By flying when you might already be in bed if you were at home, you’ll increase the chances of being able to sleep on the plane.
Book a window seat, which gives you a wall to lean against, and eliminates the need for your seat mates to disturb you when they want to get up.
Comfort is key. That means no tight jeans or other constricting clothes.“almost pajama-like” clothing is recommended for maximum ease of movement, as well as improved blood circulation.
Always stay buckled. Once you do fall asleep, you won’t want to be awakened by the pilot’s announcement to put your seat belt back on. Keep it buckled and you’ll avoid the disturbance.
The bottom line, is that snoozing on a plane won’t be the same as sleeping in your bed at home, but you can arrive at your destination rested and ready to get going.