How to Survive Your Flight Home This Christmas

December 18, 2019 by

If the statistic that 50% of SMU students come from out of state is accurate, there’s a solid chance you’re going to be boarding a plane home as soon as you turn in your last final.

While I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you about the long lines, overcrowded planes, and weirdly invasive security checks surely to come, there are some ways to ease the process and make your flight home as survivable enjoyable as it can be. When you’re prepared to handle all of air travels’ little annoyances, relaxing and unwinding before Christmas at 36,000 feet is totally in the realm of possibility (yes, even in economy).

  • The Shower Cap Hack

While you may not be an avid shower cap user, they come in handy in more than one way. Wrap soles of shoes or anything else dirty to stop them touching clean clothes or your toiletries bag in your luggage. Think about it- do you really want a semester’s worth of OT Wednesday grime touching your stuff?

  • Dress for the flight you want to have, not the flight you have

When it comes to flying, apply Aristotle’s Golden Mean. While that tube top and pair of skinny jeans might make you look good, after wearing them (and trying to sleep in them) for six hours you’ll never want to look at denim again. However, it’s been proven that people who dress better get better treatment, meaning your pajama pants and messy top knot aren’t ideal either. The Golden Mean states that there’s a middle ground between two evils- a middle ground that is yoga pants and an oversize sweater.

  • Use an empty mint container as a compact travel case

If you’re anything like me, you’ll have a small assortment of jewellery, coins, and the occasional mystery pill at the bottom of your tote after a flight. An empty Altoids or Icebreakers container is the perfect on-the-go travel case. Say goodbye to earring backs disappearing in the bottomless void that is your Longchamp.

  • Wipe down EVERYTHING

I don’t think either of us want me to go over exactly how dirty an airplane is, so I’m just going to jump to the chase: if it’s going to be touching you, it’s going to be wiped down. Armrests, tray table, movie screen, everything. Honestly, wiping over the seat itself couldn’t hurt. As an extra tip, make sure to use scented antibacterial wipes.

  • Pop melatonin gummies like they’re candy

Obviously don’t do that. But if you haven’t tried melatonin gummies yet, that’s something you need to get on top of. These ones are blackberry flavored, and totally what I’m going to get once my roommate tells me to stop eating hers every night.

  • Get a weighted eye mask

I was a little skeptical of this one as I’ve never been a fan of eye masks. But I gotta say, this one’s a game changer. Relying on the same science as weighted blankets, the gentle pressure of the mask increases your body’s natural production of both melatonin and serotonin (two things you’ll probably lacking on the flight). The one I have is from Gravity, but you can also find them at Target.


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