Most people dread taking a red eye flight, but there are many good reasons to book one. Red eye flights usually leave after 9 p.m. and arrive before 5 a.m. in the morning. These tips will help you get through the experience if you are not a fan of late night travel.
Comfort is Key
Many passengers like to catch a few hours of shut eye while flying late at night. It’s okay to dress in comfortable clothes while taking a red eye flight. I usually wear comfortable slip on shoes with cozy socks and a lightweight sweater.
I like to pack a bag with items that help me fall asleep. A small pillow and an eye mask will help you fall asleep faster. Ear plugs are essential if you are a light sleeper. Booking a window seat makes it easier to sleep because you can always lean on it and not have to worry about leaning on another passenger on accident.
It may seem like taking a red eye flight is a hassle because you’re not in your cozy bed, but the flight can go by really quickly and be relaxing with the help of sleeping aids. Ask your doctor about over-the-counter and prescription sleeping aids for your next flight. Make sure to ask for something that will not make you feel groggy as soon as you get off the plane.
Set an Alarm
Use your cell phone to set an alarm an hour before landing. Set it to vibrate or really low so you don’t wake up other passengers. Give yourself enough time to get to the bathroom and wake up before having to get off the plane.
Beat Jet Leg
According to Travel and Leisure, there are activities you can do to reset your body clock and fight jet lag. There are also online internal body clock calculators that can help you avoid jet lag when crossing time zones.
While it may be tempting to just recline your seat and fall asleep, display some common courtesy for the passenger behind you. They may be working on their laptop or not have enough leg room. Some red eye flights may have empty seats. Ask if you can move to another row if you really want to recline and the passenger behind you insists that you don’t.
Cheaper Ticket Prices
One of the main reasons why I am in favor of taking a red eye flight is because of the ticket price. I have saved a lot of money by traveling over night instead of mid-day. I’ll sometimes use some of the money I saved on travel expenses and splurge on other areas of my trip instead.
“How to Fight Jet Lag,” Travel and Leisure