Not all of us can afford the comforts of flying First Class, but with a few tweaks, you can make your Economy Class flight feel like your in first (or at least premium economy) even if you’re travelling on a budget. Here are some adjustments that you should try adding onto your normal travel routine to give yourself the royal treatment:
1. Take a good travel pillow
Invest in an inflatable travel pillow that will squash down to flat and easily fit in your carry on bag. Horseshoe shapes that circle your neck are best for avoid any aches and pains when you wake and prevent your head from falling over when you sleep.
2. Buy an inflatable foot rest
Like your trusty travel pillow, an inflatable foot rest won’t take up much space when deflated, but this often overlooked accessory will boost you up to at least business class levels of comfort.
3. Move seats
Be on the lookout for free seats – sometimes whole rows are empty on the flight and let’s face it, three seats are better than one. So keep your eyes open and ask the cabin crew if you can move – who knows, they might even move you to First Class for real.
4. Go DIY gourmet with Duty Free treats
If plane food has never impressed you, then why not take the time to purchase some luxury chocolates or snacks in Duty Free to take with you on the plane? These little treats can bridge the difference between Economy and First Class.
5. Invest in good headphones or ear plugs
Loud noises can ruin the chances of a peaceful flight, so make sure that you’re fully prepared. Bring some good quality noise-cancelling headphones and listen to some relaxing music, or if you want complete silence, buy some good quality ear plugs.
6. Choose your seats wisely before you board
Good planning is half the battle towards First Class won so be mindful when choosing your plane seats. Aim for a window seat to ensure you don’t have a frequent toilet visitor scrambling over you every five minutes (or snag an aisle if you’re that frequent toilet visitor).
7. Bring a good sleeping mask
Sleeping masks are great for blocking out ambient light and letting you have a good rest. Invest in a slightly pricier one that sits away from your eyes and has eye cavities built into the mask.
8. Bring your own blanket
Flights can be chilly when you’re sat still for hours and blankets aren’t always provided, or can be very thin. Bring your own cashmere lightweight blanket so you can snuggle up with a touch of First Class luxury.
9. Bring slipper socks
Sometimes flights provide free socks but they’re often thin and flimsy. Bring some of your own slipper socks so you can comfortably walk around an Economy flight like a luxury jet-setter.
10. Bring toiletries to pamper yourself on the plane
Bring some little luxuries on board the flight with you to add a touch of First Class pampering to your journey. Packing your own essentials are a mid-flight treat that will keep you feeling refreshed throughout. Stay hydrated as well and you’re all set for a comfortable flight.