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Fly In Comfort. Pack Your Own Comfort Bag.

May 16th, 2007 · 3 Comments

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If the word ‘fuselage’ is any indication, planes aren’t built by people with an appreciation for comfort. Ever since I made the decision to wean myself off of Xanax, it has become clear to me that if I want to enjoy flying, I need to take matters into my own hands.

For my Egypt trip I decided to create a Travel Betty comfort bag. It needed to be small enough to grab in a fit of panic while at the same time large enough to contain all I need to keep from drawing blood from my seatmate.

I used a soft, black, drawstring shoe bag that Travel Boyfriend got on his Upper-Class Virgin Atlantic flight a few months back (although, to be fair, even a Lower-Class shoe bag will do). We had nine flights total during our 5 weeks in Egypt and in the end I was more than pleased with the results.

Travel Betty Comfort Bag Contents

Lavender-scented eye pillow (breathe deeply during take-off)
Palm-sized massage roller (to avert pesky deep vein thrombosis)
iPod (loaded with Fear of Flying podcasts as well as my hypnotherapist’s personalized relaxation MP3)
Lip balm
Eye drops
Ear plugs
Xanax (just in case!)
Burt’s Bees Hand Salve
Breath Mints
Carb Safe’s Low Effective Carb & Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Bar (a real mouthful)

A word to the wise when creating your own comfort bag, don’t forget to separate out any liquids into a clear zip bag for the asinine security procedures.

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How do you stay comfortable on long flights? Share your tip in the comments section and help make air travel more tolerable for us all.


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    • 1 amanda // Jan 2, 2009 at 4:26 pm

      For me, it’s all about distraction. I bring a book or a portable dvd player ( with noice canel headphones ) with a movie I’ve been looking forward to. I love JetBlue because they have the tv’s and you can flip through channels that way.

      For long flights, I’ll bring an empty water bottle to fill up and snacks. I never get on a plane without a jacket ( and I usually wear a sweater under it ). I don’t know whey they try to freeze you out, but they just do. I don’t wear sandals when flying or my feet freeze.

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    • 2 Travel Betty // Jan 2, 2009 at 9:51 pm

      I totally don’t get people who wear sandals when flying. Sure you get through security faster, but then you have to suffer on the flight! Thanks for the tips, Amanda. I have yet to fly JetBlue, but am hoping to do so soon.

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    • 3 Hypnotherapy To Combat Panic Attacks, Fear of Flying and Anxiety Disorders | Travel Betty // Feb 28, 2010 at 3:36 pm

      [...] Angie made me a CD that was specific to my fears about the trip and so armed with that and my comfort bag, I was ready to hit the airport with confidence. The flight over went great and I thought I was [...]

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