If the thought of boarding an airplane for yet another lengthy journey makes you want to scream and run your passport through a shredder, a change in your travel routine is clearly indicated. It’s time to start taking better care of yourself and adopt some tactics to make each flight more comfortable and manageable.

Begin by preparing one small bag that you fill with odds and ends, such as small travel toiletry items like toothpaste, a toothbrush, and sanitary wipes. Keeping them in one location that’s easily accessible means you won’t be fumbling around to retrieve items, noted a recent article at The Plunge Down Under.

Also include items like ear buds or headphones (noise canceling models are great for drowning out conversations all around you), an eye shade and any prescription or over-the-counter medications you typically use.

Anticipate that you will get some sleep on the flight and pack a small, comfortable travel pillow. While you’re at it, it’s a good idea to pack some slippers or comfy socks so you can stay warm after slipping off your shoes.

Spare clothing in your carry on bag will give you added peace of mind. You’ll have something to change into if you get too cold or hot on the flight. What’s more, the backup clothing will save you in case you or a fellow passenger or member of the cabin crew accidentally spills a drink or food on you.

Don’t forget to bring enough entertainment options. You can store a lot of e-books, audio books, music, TV shows and movies on your laptop, tablet or even smartphone. Depending on your destination, now might be a good time to bring some instructional materials, such as to learn the native language in the country you’re visiting.

Try to get an aisle seat when booking your long-distance flight. It’ll be easier to get up and walk the aisle every once in a while (required for avoiding cramps or a dangerous blood clot resulting from sitting for prolonged periods). If you can’t get an aisle seat, don’t be bashful about waking up a sleeping passenger sitting next to you whenever you need to get up.

The team at Exclusive Sedan is devoted to keeping our riders as comfortable as possible when we bring them to and from the airport. We hope these tips will help make the airborne aspects of your trip more comfortable as well.