The industry has been moving towards “maximum capacity flights”. The way they do this is to take out seats and make the seats skinnier and less comfortable. This means a lot of pointy elbows and knees in your back throughout the flight.
By only taking what you need, you not only optimize your experience but that of those around you. You may even get an upgrade.
The first thing is to simplify your carry on luggage. The smaller it is the easier it will be to store and find space for during the flight. This will allow for more room for other passengers. A smaller carry on also means less weight for the plane which translates into better fuel efficiency!
In the last couple of years, I have been working remotely and spending a lot of time traveling. In the first couple of years on the road, I noticed that many people had a hard time to pack their stuff for a short or long trip.
I have written an article about how to make your travel experience lighter, more effective, and pleasant. The article is based on my experience trying to minimize the items I travel with.
So here’s what I do:
My Ground Rules:
The Less You Bring With You, The Less You Have To Carry;
You Will Always Need Less Than You Think;
If You Don’t Have It At Home, You Won’t Need It On The Road;
Optimize Your Packing List And Prepare For Anything;
Use Only One Bag (No Matter How Long Your Trip Is);
Decentralize All Your Stuff That Is Not In Your Bag;
Improve And Simplify Your Packing List Continuously.
One of the things I love about flying is the opportunity to be more productive than normal. The lack of distractions, the time to think, and the time to get work done is great. However, there are a few things that I like to do on my flights to optimize my experience and comfort.
I will be speaking from a perspective of someone who flies in economy class. First Class/Business Class are different ball games but I rarely fly First/Business unless it is a long-haul flight and even then I would probably opt for economy (unless someone wants to treat me). When flying economy there are still many things you can do to optimize your experience and make it more comfortable.
When packing for a trip, you should aim to reduce your luggage down to the bare minimum. The more luggage you have, the more items you will bring on a flight that you don’t need. This means you’ll have to carry extra weight, which will make it harder for you to move about.
When packing your suitcase for a trip, always think about how much space you need and who else is traveling with you. If your baggage is light enough, then you can use it as a carry-on bag and store it in the overhead bins on the plane. When flying with an airline that offers free checked baggage allowance, it’s easy to forget about the weight of your bag when packing. You end up bringing unnecessary items that waste space and add weight to the bag.
The best way to pack light is by thinking about what items are most important for your journey and making sure they are easily accessible when needed. You can also use packing cubes or compression bags to save space in your suitcase while keeping everything organized.
Here are some tips on how I travel with only my backpack:
When you think about it, there is no reason to fly apart from your destination. If you can drive or take a train or a bus, then that is what you should do. How often have you arrived at an airport to find your flight has been cancelled? Or worse, that it has left without you?
What’s the point in wasting valuable time when something goes wrong and you are stuck in an airport for hours or days?
The whole experience of flying is riddled with problems and frustrations. First, there is the packing and unpacking of luggage. Then there are all the lines at the check-in counter and security checks. Once on board, you are herded into a cramped cabin, usually seated next to a stranger who smells bad and talks too much!
Planes are not very comfortable. Even if you have booked a seat in business class, they are never as good as they seem in the brochures. And what ever happened to service with a smile? It seems like every flight attendant has a chip on her shoulder these days!
But forget the discomfort of flying – what about the negative environmental impact? Every time you fly somewhere – even if it is just across country – your carbon footprint increases dramatically. With air travel becoming more affordable
For many people, the idea of a long-haul flight is an exciting one. You get to visit a new country or city, experience different cultures and meet new people. However, this excitement can quickly turn into frustration when you discover that the airline you are flying with has been cutting corners and skimping on basics such as leg room.
If you’ve ever flown on a budget airline then you’ll know exactly how uncomfortable it can be. Although we all hope that airlines will offer us more space in future, in the meantime, here are some tips to help make your flight more comfortable.
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