Unfortunately, you can’t always catch a direct flight, even if it’s only two hours long. Sometimes you have to go skipping across the country, like rocks on a lake. Up and down and up and down. Here’s how to survive.
Say goodbye to your sense of hearing
Am I the only one whose ears feel like they’re going to explode with every landing? Everything’s hunky dory and then we started going down and I’ve gotta pinch the bridge of my nose or press my temples to hold my head together. To prevent this super fun pain (read: sarcasm), I wear these nifty things called Ear-planes. They make life so much better, and they’re crazy fashionable (read: more sarcasm).
But with all the up and down-ing, kiss your sense of hearing goodbye. It won’t be the same for another two or three days, when all of a sudden you realise you can hear again! That’s always a good day.
Use the airport washroom. Please.
It’s an hour-long flight, but really, the no-seatbelt-required window is only a few minutes long. I would not recommend you use that time to uproot your row because you miscalculated the state of your bladder.
Buy water at the airport
But keep the above point in mind! I know, it’s a balancing act. But you want to stay hydrated during this up and down day. Seriously, water is everything during travel days. Everything.
These hour-long flights go so quickly, though. The moment the seatbelt sign turns off, the flight attendants are whipping down the aisle asking if you want a snack or drink. You say yes to that drink and set it down on your tray table. Fifteen minutes later, that garbage collection is happening, and you’re thinking, “Wait! What? I have all my water left!!” But they’re gone, and despite your trying to chug your drink, you’re stuck awkwardly holding your cup as landing happens. I suggest you buy a bottled water at the beginning of the day and nurse it until you arrive at your destination.
Always say yes to snacks
Always say yes to snacks. Yes, this is so important it needs to be written twice. Eat it now or save it for later. But free food = yes.
Learn how to take short naps
I had the best nap when they were de-icing the plane on my last flight. It was just twenty minutes, but did it ever do the trick. A quick nap on a plane will do you wonders. If you really really really can’t nap in any place but a bed (I used to be like that, and I encourage you to branch out your sleeping locations) just close your eyes and rest. Focus on your breathing, or count sheep, or whatever.
Come to terms with the fact that you do not get off the plane faster by forcing your entire row to stand up and squish like sardines into the aisle
I know you want to get your overhead luggage. I know you have a connecting flight in fifteen minutes. We all do. But you are not allowed to jump the ten feet from the plane door to the ground, so we’ll just have to wait for another two minutes, okay?
Thank your flight crew
Every. Single. Person. They’ll feel better for getting a smile and gratitude from you, and you’ll feel better about making them feel better. And then there are all these good vibes spreading around and the world is slowly becoming a better place.
Other tips for surviving tons of little flights in one day?
Keep smiling and spreading good vibes!