I’m getting ready for my flight back to America. It’s… not a good flight. I take a short flight down to Bangkok, where I have about a 10-hour layover overnight at the Bangkok airport. I’ve done that probably a dozen times, and it’s really the best option, so I don’t mind. I can usually find a quiet place to sleep for most of the time, and there’s internet and regular-price meals.
Then I fly to Tokyo, then to Newark. It’s a lot of time on a plane. It actually used to be okay, because if I was flying for six hours or more, I was always SUPER excited about where I was going. So I’d be reading a guide book or just being excited, and the time would go by pretty quickly.
Now, the novelty of this flight has definitely worn off. So what do you need to make the flight go by like a breeze? Ten ingredients.
- Eye mask
- Ear plugs
- Neck pillow
For me, a window seat works best, because I don’t have to worry about waking up if someone needs to get up. I try to use the restroom before getting on the flight, get settled, and then just stay there for the duration of the flight.
While the airline can provide a glass of wine and a blanket, everything else on the above list I want to bring on the plane with me. If I forget any of those things, I buy them at the airport. It’s worth it. And for me to say that, is a lot. I love having a huge bottle of water so that as much as I want is available whenever I want it, instead of depending on the flight attendants for that.
So I get on the flight, have the meal if I’m hungry, and have a glass of wine. Take the Ambien with that. The crucial step everyone misses is the Vaseline – and then a dry nose or mouth or dry skin wakes you up. Put vaseline on your feet, and then put on the socks. Put a little on your lips. Moisturize your hands and face. Then put a tiny bit on the inside of your nose to stop it from drying out.
Put the blanket over your lap, and use the scarf as a lighter blanket around your neck and face. Put in the ear plugs in. Adjust that neck pillow. Put the eye mask on. And wake up in Newark (or wherever you’re going).
At least that’s the plan. I’m telling you, those are the essential ingredients to long-haul coach flight success. After like 10 years of judging people with neck pillows, I take it all back. Makes all the difference in the world.