• How to survive an international flight in economy

    Jessica Weinberger
    With tight travel budgets, not every business traveler can enjoy the comfort of a lie-flat bed or endless entertainment and food options like first class travelers do on long international flights. Airlines continue to ramp up their economy and premium economy class offerings to make flying in coach a more comfortable long haul experience, but no one can deny the value of a first class ticket when flying over the water.

    Photo courtesy of Flickr user "Caribb".

    Photo courtesy of Flickr user Caribb.

    If you do find yourself in the sea of economy class seats for your next international flight, here are five ways that you can survive (and possibly enjoy) your more economical experience:

    • Investigate your seat options in advance and choose an aisle seat to give you the most breathing room or better yet, an exit row seat. Make sure you choose an airline with seatback TVs or a higher pitch to give you the leg room you need for your time in-flight.
    • Dress comfortably to set yourself up for the best possible experience. Pack slippers or an extra pair of socks and keep extra layers on hand for when the air conditioning is on full blast.
    • Choose your travel accessories wisely and invest in items like AcousticSheep SleepPhones that let you comfortably fall asleep and listen to music. Don’t forget to load your iPad with new games and movies, too.
    • Pack your own snacks because unlike first class, you won’t be bombarded with complimentary food and drink choices through the entire flight. Choose a variety of travel-sized snacks for you to enjoy at intervals to break up the flight.
    • Condense your items to make the most of the space allotted to you. Check any non-essential items and keep your personal items in a small, soft-sided bag that allows you to extend your legs as much as possible under the seat in front of you.


    If you have mastered the art of traveling internationally in economy class, share your own tips in the comment box below!

One Responseso far.

  1. Evan says:

    Bring aboard a bag-in-a-bag ie a small bag with essentials that can be easily removed before stowing your cabin bag. The BinaB will contain: toothbrush and paste, sleeping mask with concave pockets to avoid eye pressure, ear plugs, inflatable footstool for comfort, neck pillow but not the kind that pushes your head forward, an iPad for favourite entertainment, some headache pills just in case, a tube of nasal decongestant just-in-case, and a handkerchief. In your stowed cabin bag carry your camera and valuables so you can sleep soundly knowing they’re safe.