Need to pass the time for an upcoming flight? Check out some of these tips!
I remember the first time I flew on a plane--I was sixteen and headed on a school band trip from Boston down to Disney World. It felt like the longest few hours of my life. Then a few years later I found myself flying back and forth between Phoenix and Boston frequently to come home from university to visit family. After numerous trips I started to figure out what worked (and what did not work for me) when I needed to pass the time on a flight.
Read a book
Reading on a plane is one of the most common ways to kill time on a plane. I have a few friends who cannot read on a plane, though, because they feel carsick when they read while they are moving. If that is the case for you there is no need to worry--there are plenty of other ways to pass the time!
Watch a Movie/TV
Some planes come equipped with television screens built right into the back of the seats, but if this is not the case you can download some free apps onto a smartphone, tablet, or computer to store hours and hours of shows and movies to catch up on!
Buy the Wi-Fi
If you're lucky, you will end up on a plane that offers wi-fi for purchase! If that is the case for you, you can spend time catching up on whatever you want on any of your electronic devices (or if you are like me, you can scroll endlessly on Instagram and catch up on all of those forgotten Words with Friends games you started but never got around to finishing).
Complete a Puzzle or Coloring Book
More often than not, I make sure to pack some sort of puzzle or coloring book in my carry-on bag before my flight. I will admit that the coloring book will attract some attention, so if you're not the kind of person who wants to make friends with your neighbors on the plane I might not recommend you bring a gigantic coloring book. Funny story--I made friends with an older gentleman once on a flight from Phoenix to Seattle and we spent hours coloring in my Lisa Frank coloring book together!
Meditate or Listen to Music
Okay, this one might sound kind of weird (and it's not for everyone), but a pair of noise-cancelling headphones and some ambiance music can transport your mind to a peaceful place. I like to have some of my favorite music on my iPhone before I fly since it gives me some piece of mind that I can listen to it and calm down in case of some bad turbulence.
Catch up on Work
If I know I have a long flight coming up, I like to save tasks that I can complete on my flight without access to the Internet (e.g. editing photos, writing up a blog post, brainstorming, graphic design, etc).
If you are one of those gifted humans who can actually sleep on a plane--you should do it!! Never have I ever been able to sleep on a plane and it's always bugged me why, but if you are physically able to catch some Z's while traveling you 100% should!
When is your next trip? Where are you headed? Comment below & let us know!