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wikiHow to Deal with Traveling in a Plane for the First Time

Three Methods:Bring Things to Entertain YourselfGet Some SleepFeel Prepared

Traveling in a plane for the first time: you're stuck in a room with people from anywhere to half an hour (local flights) to 17+ hours (really, really far around the world!). Here are some tips for coping with the long ride.

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Bring Things to Entertain Yourself

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    Bring a book. If the plane you're traveling in doesn't have a movie screen, it is definitely recommended to bring your favorite book or magazine along. Or, bring your journal to record your thoughts on your first trip!
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    Take something like an iPad along, if you'd like, to play games and maybe watch a movie or two if your flight doesn't have a movie screen. It's a great way to pass the time!
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    Your airplane may have music available to listen to. If so, this is also a good way to relax and fall asleep. Plug your earphones/ headset in and settle down comfortably, listening to whatever genre you want, but make sure it's at an appropriate volume.

Method 2
Get Some Sleep

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    If this isn't a local flight, chances are you'll be jet lagged (exhaustion due to different time zones) so catching a few ZZZ's are a good idea. Sleeping is also another great way to pass the time!
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    Bring a toothbrush for when you wake up to avoid that gross taste in your mouth.
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    Bring your most comfortable pillow/ teddy bear! It's always comforting to cuddle up with something that smells of home. Red-eye trips (overnight) usually give you a blanket and a pillow, but they're not the most comfortable.

Method 3
Feel Prepared

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    If you know you're one to get carsick or just motion sick in general, taking an airsickness bag is a good idea.
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    Take some gum to chew on the trip. It will help you feel less stressed.
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    Don't get worried, but don't overpack! You won't want to have to deal with last-minute how-do-I-fit-this moments. Stuff your socks in your shoes, your underwear in your clothing to make it less bulky. Don't bring too many things to entertain yourself either, because usually you end up not using it in the first place.
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    Take deep breaths and get excited for your first trip across the skies.


  • Bringing your own headphones is a good idea. You won't want to bother other people. Some airlines give out free headsets, while others make you pay. It's worth it to bring your own.
  • Remember to change your device's settings to Airplane Mode. This is because without that, mobile device and laptops constantly search for a Wi-Fi network. The crew wants to make sure this doesn't interfere with any of the plane's systems.


  • On many flights, avoid trying to use wifi. Also, don't use electronics until the announcement that says you're allowed to (longer flights); it could tamper with the plane's system.

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