Sometimes, flying the friendly skies is the best way to travel. It is a quick way to travel across long distances. When I booked a flight for my sister’s big birthday bonanza, I began to worry about my flight. It was only my third time flying in a plane, and all of my fears about this method of transportation came to fruition once we were several thousands of feet in the air.
This was my ride.
Yeah, it was a VERY small plane for a very short flight from one hometown to another. While I felt the bumps and sudden drops in elevation, I was lucky I had a few tricks up my sleeve to help me get through this experience without stressing myself or other passengers on the flight. I brought five things in my carry-on luggage to keep me cool until we landed.
5 Ways to Keep Your Cool While on a Flight
1. Get lost in literature
Books. They are a great way to pass the time while on a plane. Books help to to shift the focus from your present situation while getting transported to a different place and time. Whether it is a physical or an e-reader, it is light-weight and easy to take with you on your flight. The written word is a good thing to have with you to ease your mind and let you relax while you fly.
2. Bopping to tunes
Love listening to music? Then make sure you put together a few great play lists to take with you while in transit! Listening to music is a marvellous way to melodically get lost while hanging out in the clouds. I like listening to fun, high energy music to take my mind off of my slightly bumpy flight and to tick away the minutes until we land.
3. Keeping your nose to the grindstone
This may not be a favourite of many people to do, but catching up on some work made my flight fly by. Clacking away on my keyboard always helps me while travelling. My mind becomes removed from A little work before play made my flight fly by easier. I was also able to have more fun time while hanging out with my big sis.
4. Solving (other) problems
Crosswords. Word searches. Sudoku puzzles. There are fun and portable ways to busy your brain while in transit. By focusing on finding the solution to complete the game on the page, the subtle disruptions happening around you fade away. This activity also gives your brain a bit of a mental workout, so it is a win-win for you!
5. Point and shoot
This has to be my favourite tip I sharing with you. Whether it be with my smartphone or with my DSLR, taking photos of the view below.
Whenever I travel, my DSLR is in tow. It may sound a little counter-productive, but keeping my lens focused on the clouds and the ground below kept my mind off of the bumps and drops of my flights. By capturing the ever-changing landscape, I became blown away at the beauty I was capturing. Not only was I keeping cool in my seat, I came away with some amazing aerial shots while in my seat.
I was so happy to have these methods at my disposal to help me keep my cool while on a flight. Each one is easy to pack in my cary-on luggage and help to keep my stress level down. Since I now have the travel bug, I want to take to the skies more often to get to these far away locales via plane. I also love that each of these items get my mind whirling and away from worrying about things that happen on any flight. Getting over this fear helps to make me a better me. I can’t wait for the next chance I get to fly the friendly skies with these flight-friendly items and stay cool while doing them!
Have I forgotten something? What do you bring along with you to help keep your cool while on a plane?
Until my next post, Readers!