Book a window seat
So you can’t afford first class (who can?)—what’s the next-best option for sleeping arrangements? Even though flying coach doesn’t allow for the luxury of a fully-reclining seat 10,000 feet above the ground, Greg Geronemus, the co-CEO of smarTours says a window seat is a great option. Why? It’s easier to fall asleep because you can rest your head on the window, either with or without a pillow, you won’t be woken up by a fellow passenger looking to get into the aisle, and you can control the light exposure since you’re next to the shade.
Invest in a good eye mask
Sleeping in an eye mask might make you think of your grandma and her nightgown, but Malena Cahall, a travel agent, says to not knock it until you try it. Because these effectively block out light, it makes it easier to disconnect from your surroundings and imagine you’re at home, in the dark, sleeping per usual. But don’t just hop down to the local pharmacy and sift through the $1 bin. Instead, Cahall says to spend a bit more. “You’ll want a thick, comfortable one that actually blocks the light out completely. I recommend paying attention to the nose area because that’s where gaps that let light in are fairly common,” she says. Here are 18 things you should never do on an airplane.