How to create a sleep cocoon on an airplane

How to create a sleeping cocoon on an airplane | Pack Simply Blog

You know those people - the ones who naturally fall asleep on a flight as soon as they sit down? Unfortunately, I am not one of them. I have struggled for years to sleep when flying, with some small gains made through trial and error. For anyone struggling with similar bouts of insomnia, here are a few tips to use on your next flight.


NOISE

Earplugs + Earphones

Do not travel without them. Earplugs do wonders to mute crying babies, airplane engines, and general human nonsense. Use your earphones as back-up, and be sure to download a few boring podcasts to help induce sleep.


LIGHT

Facemask + Scarf + Hat

Create your own personal cocoon with a triple layer of travel sleeping mask, scarf, and hat for complete black-out conditions. It can feel a bit silly and overdone, but remind yourself - it's not about appearances on a plane, but comfort.


ANXIETY

Rx, Alcohol, Soothing Scents

Having a cocktail helps some sooth their nerves. Some love the aid of a sleeping pill.


COMFORT

Neck Pillow

It is impossible to find a comfortable and sustainable position for sleep without one. Find one that is a bit more malleable than the traditional u-shape neck pillow as the added bulk at the back of your neck can be more annoying than useful. 


SPACE

Seating Options

As a tall person, this is my particular burden. Aim for a seat upgrade when you can or take advantage of Exit Row seats when possible. Bonus if you are sitting next to someone you know well - you can occupy a bit of his or her space too.


FOOD + DRINK

Pack Your Own

Do not depend on the beverage cart for your needs. It will disrupt any good sleep you might catch during take-off. At the very least, bring a water bottle and some snacks to tide you over.

What am a missing? What tricks do you use to fall asleep on a plane?

1 comment


  • Marie F

    I bring my own blanket and pillow. A very soft travel blanket and pillow propped against the window and I can sleep the whole flight.


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