1. BUY YOURSELF A DISPOSABLE PLACEMAT
While you&rsquore at it, buy one for everyone in your family. Imagine, that same tray table where you put your food and drink was used as diaper change station and nail clipping table just one flight earlier. Yuck! The mats are eco-friendly plastic, targeted for kids and available at drugstores and on Amazon.com.
2. MAKE SURE YOUR LUGGAGE HAS FOUR WHEELS NOT TWO
It&rsquos amazing how much easier it is to roll a case that spins and glides in the tightest places. This way you can push it ahead of you in the center aisle of the plane in order to have far more control over it. No more bumping into and catching into every seat as you drag it behind you.
3. GET YOUR PHONE READY WITH ALL THE DATA
Flight information and updates (such as gate changes), upgrades, lounges, delays &ndash all can be at your fingertips by downloading the free app of the airline you are travelling.
4. GRAB THE SEATS AT THE FRONT
The attendant always begins serving from the front. If you want quick service so that you can get ready to sleep or do your own thing, it&rsquos your best bet.
5. GET YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOST AND GET THE FLU SHOT
Planes are a breeding ground for colds and flu. I know from experience of being squeezed between two sneezing, coughing passengers and catching their bug. Now I come prepared. It&rsquos worth it.
6. KEEP AWAY FROM THE MIDDLE SEAT
This seems like a no brainer but here is why: if you tend to get cold then aisle seats are better since the vents are further so they don&rsquot blow on you as much. Also, if your legs are long you have more legroom and you can get up without climbing over others should you be the restless type. If, on the contrary, you wish to sleep and don&rsquot want to be disturbed then pick the window and block it with your sweater, lean on your side, cover yourself and say nightie night.