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  red eye flight survival and etiquette tips

Red eye flights are simply the best. THE BEST! Why? Because you can sleep and there is usually minimal noise because everyone on board wants to do the same thing as you…sleep! What do you need to make sure you get the best out of your red-eye flight? 

1. Blanket

whatever you do, please do NOT use the airplane blanket for anything other than your legs (do not put these blankets on your bare skin) or your feet. By having your own travel blanket you can guarantee that you are wrapped in something clean. 

2. pillow 
Whether you have a window, an aisle, or a middle seat, a pillow can be your best friend. I prefer to bring my pillow from home because its super soft and I can put it up against the window and fall fast asleep. If I have a middle or an aisle seat, I bring one of my other pillows that wrap around my neck which allows me to relax no matter what seat I have.

3. socks 
If you are like me and your feet get cold when you are on a flight then socks are definitely something you need. But you don’t want just ordinary socks. You want some super comfy and fluffy socks that make your feet feel like they are being cradled the whole flight. If you buy my Luxury Travel Kit you can have many of these items on hand! 

4. eye mask 
If you happen to be stuck next to someone who  insists on using their light during the flight you will need a way to shield your eyes from the glare. An eye mask will do that for you and you can be stylish while doing it, depending on which one you choose. 

5. ear plugs
I personally can’t fall asleep with headphones or ear buds. However, if those work for you then make sure to bring them. It is always a good idea to have them with you in case your batteries fail on your technology and you still need to have quiet. They are super cheap and can be found in almost any store in any city. 

6. sleep aid
Sometimes You need a little help falling asleep. I like using Zzzquil, it has helped me stay asleep and there are no side effects. There are tons of natural products that can help you get some sleep and if you need something stronger, consult your doctor before flying and see what is best for you.

7. toothbrush/toothpaste
when you wake up you will probably have yuck mouth. Don’t be alarmed, you can easily fix it. Get a travel toothbrush and toothpaste and you will be as good as new when you wake up.

The next few are etiquette tips:

8. Keep your laughter and talking to a minimum 
On a red eye flight most people are trying to sleep so it would be be completely rude to talk loudly or laugh uncontrollably at the movie or TV show you are watching. Of course you have the right to laugh but your flight isn’t a comedy club. Keep your laughter at a reasonable volume in order to respect the passengers around you. 

9. Go easy on the drinks

If you are one of those people that have to use the bathroom every hour, would it kill you to not drink a bunch on the flight? No one wants you to be dehydrated but if you have a window seat there is an expectation that you wont be getting up 10 times during a 6 hour flight. Isn’t that reasonable?

10. Your tray table is not your play area
This is a rule whether you are on a red eye flight or not but come on…why do people use the tray table as their personal play area? Sometimes I swear someone is behind my beating on the tray table like they are doing a drum solo for a sold out crowd.

Just remember, someone is sitting in the seat attached to that tray table and they are trying to sleep. so please, be mindful of how you bang, slam, pound on and place your things on it. Of course you can use it, that is what it is there for but just be aware of how your actions are affecting others. 


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