7 Ways To Relax On A Plane If You're Afraid Of Flying
Start writing a post
Arts Entertainment

7 Ways To Keep Calm On A Plane If You're A Nervous Flyer

Try to bring a novel or a puzzle book or even a coloring book in your carry-on so you alternate between digital and hardback forms of entertainment.

View from outside the window of a plane

Flying can seem very scary, despite the fact that we have a 1 in 7 million chance of being killed via commercial plane in the United States. That figure does nothing to combat internalized fears about flying, given that there are plenty of movies and T.V. shows that depict plane crashes, not to mention movies like "Snakes on a Plane" that bring a whole new fear to traveling in the air.

If you have a debilitating fear of planes, I suggest speaking to a therapist or psychologist about how to combat your fears. If you have more mild anxieties about flying, that may include being claustrophobic or being too introverted to be around crowds, then hopefully these tips will help you focus on what you can control about your flight and what can make them enjoyable.

1. Carry a cozy pillow and blanket

You want to be as comfortable as possible, both on the plane and in the waiting areas. And you never know if there's going to be some kind of delay that leaves you waiting in a cold airport for much longer than you prefer. If you're worried about the bulk of these items, you can invest in a neck pillow and grab a sweatshirt that you can always tie around your waist.

2. Bring a charger... and another one... and a charging pack

You never want to be stuck somewhere without the assistance of your phone since we rely on it so much nowadays. Plan to have more than one charger available so you can feel secure in watching your favorite T.V. show or playing a game while aboard with no fear of your phone dying on you. And a charger pack is definitely smart to have in case no outlets are nearby.

3. Don't rely solely on your phone for entertainment

Just because you can use your phone for distracting yourself doesn't mean it's not going to get boring after a while. Try to bring a novel or a puzzle book or even a coloring book in your carry-on so you alternate between digital and hardback forms of entertainment.

4. Sensory deprivation may be the way to go

If you're feeling overwhelmed with everything that comes with flying and can't just relax as you usually would, packing an eye mask and earplugs or noise-canceling headphones could be useful. Pop them on and try to meditate, dismissing external distractors. You could even sleep the flight away.

5. Eat away the stress

This may come as a shock, but TSA allows most non-liquid foods through their checkpoints, and when I've brought on snacks, I've never had an extra screening (although they do have specific rules. Try to pack some comfort snacks, like chocolate or peanut butter or carb-y snack, though I would steer clear of crunchier snacks like chips because you may feel more anxious with the additional sounds in the enclosed plane. Also try not to eat too much sugar because that may raise your energy levels, in turn raising your inclination to become anxious. Don't try to binge-eat, but focus on the delicious tastes that are bringing you joy and ease.

6. Let your travel companion know how you feel

You shouldn't have to bottle up your anxieties and fears if they are trying to overwhelm you. If you are traveling with someone, let them know how you feel so they can periodically check on you. They can offer you someone that will anchor you if during the flight you start feeling overwhelmed.

7. Jam out

Sometimes, the easiest way for me to forget about the world and my problems is to zone out to some music. If you have a strong connection to music, make a playlist of your favorite songs and slip into the therapy of vocalization and instrumentation. If you like music but don't think it will help you, try to find a playlist of soothing tunes that you can find some meditation and peace with.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments