10 Different Types Of Airplane Hacks That Will Save Your Life

10 Different Types Of Airplane Hacks That Will Save Your Life

Imagine if you have a flight to catch at 11 p.m. and the flight is completely filled as you've purchased the last ticket. You're already exhausted from previous travel and decide it would be best to rest your eyes on this flight.

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Imagine if you have a flight to catch at 11 p.m. and the flight is completely filled as you've purchased the last ticket. You're already exhausted from previous travel and decide it would be best to rest your eyes on this flight. Little did you know that there are about five babies on board, two loud toddlers, and a bumpy, jerky flight ride ahead. What should you do? As a person who flies about four to five times a year, I have endured most of the endless struggles as a passenger on board. I've come to realize that there are solutions to these problems that personally lessen some terrible flight experiences. Without further ado here are 10 different hacks you could use while flying to make your ride more comfortable and less of a hassle.

1. Avoid the babies

Although they may seem cute and cuddly at first, babies have a reputation to scream or shrill during long plane rides which can become exhausting especially when everyone is trying to sleep. The last thing you want on a flight is to end up sitting next to a restless baby that wouldn't stop crying. Trust me, I've been there. One way to avoid sitting next to a baby is to sit farthest away from partitions. Partitions are the only places on planes that are able to secure bassinets for babies. Since its more likely that babies will be found near partitions than regular seats, sitting farthest away can offer more peace and tranquility.

2. Pick an airline and stick with it

Many airlines have different rewards programs such as frequent flyer programs and reward points. By flying through the same airlines, you may have a chance of getting free check-in bags, free food, and access to faster security lines. By gaining more and more rewards points you could also win a chance to fly first class or business class. Also, by sticking with a reliable airline you trust, the staff is much friendlier and the service is much better.

3. Swallow air trick

Sometimes when the air pressure changes air gets released from the middle air causing the ear to pop. The best way I find to get rid of this ear popping is by consistently swallowing air. Swallowing air opens up the Eustachian tube, allowing your ears to feel better in no time!

4. Lost and found

If you're feeling a little cheap and not wanting to buy supplies such as chargers and wires before takeoff you could always take a quick trip to the lost and found. Usually, if an object is unclaimed for 90 days, the lost and found allows people to these objects for no charge. So keep stopping by at the lost and found and you might just win a free phone one day.

5. Try to be occupied

If you're not in the mood for a nap the best thing to do is to try to keep yourself occupied and distracted. A lot of things can be going on on a plane at once but your goal should be to tune everything out. Make sure to download a couple of songs and a few movies before boarding the plane in order to block the sounds of everything else and have something to do. I, personally, would rather listen to music than a baby crying the whole flight.

6. Cozy up!

Airplane seats are not the most comfortable chairs, especially when traveling economy class. They are compact with not a lot of leg room or space to move. The headrests aren't the softest either but you could always bring your own pillows and blankets! It never hurts to bring a few extra pillows and blankets on the way to travel comfy and maybe get a good night rest! Even though the chair they offer you are usually pretty small, you could always make the most out of it!

7. Hydrate up!

Water bottles on planes always range from the prize of 3-5 dollars which is pretty expensive for just one bottle. On top of that, Security doesn't allow you to bring beverages or any liquids on board so you have to wait till they serve you on the flight which could take hours. Luckily, no one said you couldn't bring empty bottles on the plane. After passing the security check, these empty bottles can be quickly refilled by water fountains plus they are great for the environment! Saving the environment and preparing for a flight has never been so easy.

8. Be kind

On my last plane ride, I noticed how sweet and kind my fellow passenger was to the staff on board. Soon I realized why. By spreading positive vibes and having nice conversations with staff members, more staff members will tend to like and appreciate you by providing better service. No wonder my fellow passenger got her food before everyone else.

9. Dress down

Do not wear heels, dresses, suits, jewelry, or dresses on a plane unless it's completely necessary. The only things you should be wearing are some comfy shoes (sneakers or flip-flops), shorts or sweatpants, and a tee shirt. You can always change your clothes after your flight instead of cramping in the small airplane seat wearing fancy clothes. It's always best to bring a sweatshirt because it always gets a little chilly on airplanes.

10. Eat lightly before flying

Sometimes the turbulence of a plane can be pretty bad making one feel dizzy or even sick. Eating light before flying is always better because you are less likely to consistently use the airplane's restrooms and less likely to throw up during the ride. Every person is different, but I recommend eating more after flying and less before.

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10 Dunkin "Secret Menu" Items That You Had No Idea Existed

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Let me start this off by saying we do not have a secret menu that we hide from customers. But what we do have is regular menu beverages and beverage flavors that you can mix and combine with each other that end up making another flavor. Like one thing a lot of customers do is combine the mocha swirl with the raspberry shot or add raspberry to their hot chocolate. Some are better than others but here are 10 of the better ones.

1. Birthday cake coolatta.

Basically, all it is is a vanilla bean coolatta with the hazelnut swirl mixed in.

2. Almond Joy flavored coffee.

It's just mocha swirl, the toasted almond shot, and the coconut shot.

3. Caramel Delite flavored coffee.

Yes, I know right now there is an actual Coconut Caramel Girl Scout flavor but before that was here we had to make it and who knows how long the Girl Scout flavors will be here for. But this is just the caramel swirl and the coconut shot.

4. Cocoberry flavored coffee.

It's the coconut shot, the blueberry shot and then almond milk.

5. Nutella flavored coffee.

It's the mocha swirl and the hazelnut shot.

6. Captain Crunch coolatta.

It is a strawberry coolatta with the blueberry shot and the raspberry shot.

7. Cotton candy coolatta.

It's a mix of the blue raspberry coolatta and the vanilla bean coolatta.

8. Strawberry-vanilla coolatta.

This one doesn't have a name but it's the strawberry coolatta and the vanilla bean coolatta mixed together.

9. French toast flavored coffee.

It's the french vanilla shot and the toasted almond shot.

10. Eggnog Latte.

This is just a vanilla chai with the caramel swirl.

We used to have so much more like "peaches 'n cream collatta," "Creamsicle collatta," Snickers fRoll-up coffee, "Fruit Roll-up coolatta" and the tropical beach coolatta but with the menu change, we had to say goodbye to these.

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I Tried A Menstrual Cup For The First Time And Yes, It Was A 'Better Way To Period'

By the second day, I felt like an absolute pro. Inserting it and taking it out became a breeze, there was no leaking, and my cramps were basically non-existent.

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Recently, I've tried to go zero-waste. Of course, being zero-waste in a dorm-like setting is super hard because almost everything we consume isn't reusable. For my New Year's Resolution, I challenged myself to become a minimalist while going zero waste. I basically sold or gave away anything I didn't use anymore, I've been thrifting for new articles of clothing I may want, and I've been trying to reduce my waste as much as I can.

One of the biggest things I've found out in my minimalist/zero-waste journey is the number of pads and tampons I use within a month... it's a lot, and I don't even have a heavy flow.

So I've decided to opt for an alternative for when it's that time of the month: a menstrual cup. I was between getting a Diva Cup and a Lena cup because those are the two brands I've learned the most about. I didn't know which one was better (hell, all I knew was that the Lena cup was $10 cheaper), so I decided to research. I ended up going with the Lena cup because there were too many horror stories for the Diva Cup (leakages, the silicon material that was "too soft" and the length that was "too short") and because it was $10 less, haha.

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On the first day, I was ECSTATIC to finally use my Lena Cup. My cycle started a bit late, so as soon as I felt the tiniest amount of blood, I immediately popped Lena in. Well... it was more complicated than that. I think I really underestimated the learning curve on the cup itself. It's easy to just pop a tampon in, but for menstrual cups, it required more diligent and careful insertion. I found that the method that worked best for me was the C-fold, while standing up. Unfortunately, it did make my cramps a little worse, but I think my body just had to get used to it, because, after the first day, my cramps were completely gone. There was also A LOT of leaking on the first day, but I think it's because I didn't really insert it correctly on the first day.

By the second day, I felt like an absolute pro. Inserting it and taking it out became a breeze, there was no leaking, and my cramps were basically non-existent. What I liked most about the cup is that I can literally see how much menstrual fluid accumulates throughout the day (and night), which was really fascinating to see because pads and tampons don't give you a clear indication of how much blood you're losing.

If you're thinking about getting a menstrual cup I highly recommend it. From my past experience this week, here are some tips for those who are on the fence.

1. If you're scared, just GO FOR IT!

2. Make sure you boil your diva cup between cycles and wash it every time you take it out to dump out the menstrual fluid

3. If you find yourself struggling to take the cup out, just take a few moments to relax and try again! What also works is going in the shower and trying to take it out/put it in there

4. Try to understand the anatomy of your body to see what works best for you to prevent leakages and unwanted pain

5. If you fail the first time, that's OK! Trial and error is the key to learning how to use a menstrual cup

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