If approached wisely, there are many benefits to red-eye flights. They’re often cheaper, more punctual, and tend to have quicker check-ins. The big kicker is that red-eye flights can maximize holiday time by reducing day-travel.
If approached poorly, however, red-eye flights can be disastrous. Whether you’re flying business or pleasure, sleep deprivation and soreness will have you wishing you avoided the red-eye altogether.
Here are 10 quick tips to make sure your red-eye choice is justified on your next active vacation.
1 » Procure The Right Seat
Go out of your way to ensure you get the seat you need. Here’s how:
- Book early and secure your desired seat online
- Check-in early to select your seat with the aid of an airline employee
- Select a seat at the front of the plane to avoid engine noise
- Use Seat Guru to find the best seats possible
- Pay extra for economy plus, business, or first class
2 » Dress Comfortably
Make sure you pack comfortable clothes for the flight, even if it means changing before boarding. An ugly wardrobe is the least of your worries on a red-eye.
3 » Stick to Your Routine
Forcing yourself to carry out your regular sleeping routine can do wonders. Brush your teeth, floss, have a snack – do whatever it is you do, even if you’re out of your element.
4 » Pack a Sleeping Kit
This is likely the most important point. Make sure you have the equipment you need to get some rest. Airline policies change often, so don’t count on the air-line providing everything. Good articles to bring include:
- Travel pillow with neck support
- Light blanket or pull over
- Sleeping mask
5 » Maximize Leg Room
When you’re ready to catch some Z’s, make sure you have the space to do so. Although you may be comfortable when you start, it quickly fades if you haven’t made the proper environment. Use the overhead compartment to stow your carryon. Stretch your legs under the seat in front of you.
6 » Fasten Your Seatbelt Over Your Blanket
The seatbelt sign can be turned on multiple times throughout a flight. If you’re planning to doze off, make sure your seatbelt if fastened, or the attendants may wake you up to put it on.
7 » Stop Looking at Your Watch
Your flight will feel longer if your stressing about how little sleep you’ve got. Reserve yourself to your situation and do the best you can, without tracking your success.
8 » Listen to Calm Music
Music is a great distraction. Listen to something soothing and (preferably) familiar. Hopefully your mind will wonder and the next thing you know – touchdown.
9 » Chemical Assistance
If you have a serious history of undersleeping, consider consulting your doctor for advice on sleeping aids. Prescribed sleeping aids or over the counter medicine can be very effective. Make sure to test it at home to make sure it agrees with your system.
10 » Prepare for Tiredness
Plan for heavy eyes during your flight. This means avoiding caffeine and midday naps.