Tips For Comfortable Sleeping on a Flight

“When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” ~ Clifton Fadiman

My blog today is based on the above quote, “When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable,” and this is where I begin.

Sleeping on Plane
Image from Fodors Travel Guide

After a couple of trips abroad I realized that many hours on a plane can be quite uncomfortable. From the lack of legroom, tight quarters when sitting between others or next to the window, to the only way for us to accommodate our head avoiding it to land against the cold window or falling onto our neighbor’s shoulders – which is not a problem if it’s your significant other. Unless you’re a first-class traveler, most likely you’ve experienced these issues.

To make my trip as comfortable as possible I learned a few tricks that I will share with you. At home (or anywhere else) I normally sleep on the right side of the bed. To assimilate my sleeping patterns, I book a seat on the right side of the aircraft. This way I know that every time I stretch out my left arm I will find my husband right there just like at home.

When it comes to clothes, I prefer to travel in cotton leggings. They are soft, not tight and keep me warm. I also realized that a sports bra is much more comfortable than a regular one. Pantyliners are a great idea to keeping ourselves feeling clean and comfortable. It is quite difficult to change underwear in a plane. That’s where wipes come in handy and a quick change of liner will keep you feeling fresh, clean and comfortable. To avoid feeling cold I cover myself with my own knitted poncho. It is very nice looking, soft, and has a hoodie which I can use to cover my head or face. This way when I bring it up close to my face I can smell the fragrance of the laundry detergent I use making it feel homey. Actually, that poncho was what I used to cover my nose when I traveled next to the young lady with the perfume overload.


To complete the ensemble, I purchased the awkward looking travel pillow. There are many different ones – stuffed with beans, feathers, inflatable, foam – it all depends on what we like. I chose the foam travel pillow. One negative about this pillow is that it seems to be too wide so when I place it around my neck it pushes my head towards my chest. Not comfortable at all, but if I recline towards the window it works fine. Maybe I should find one that will be comfortable sleeping both ways. I’ll look into that and try to stay away from the Ostrich Pillow Travel Pillow. Yes, there is such a pillow. Some might like it but it’s definitely not for me. But, on the bright side, it has good reviews. Here is a glimpse of the ostrich pillow travel pillow. What are your thoughts regarding this pillow? Would you use it?

Ostrich Pillow



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4 thoughts on “Tips For Comfortable Sleeping on a Flight

  1. Stephanie Ortega May 31, 2018 / 5:15 pm

    Thanks for the article, I travel fairly often but I still haven’t managed to get into a good clothing/sleeping groove for flights.

    • Debbie's Travel Wows May 31, 2018 / 5:54 pm

      I learned from experience.

  2. This Wanderlust Heart June 6, 2018 / 12:28 am

    This is such a helpful article as I have a few long haul flights coming up this year! I totally agree with wearing leggings and a sports bra. It makes a real difference! Thank you for sharing!

    • Debbie's Travel Wows June 6, 2018 / 5:43 pm

      You’re welcome. I’m glad it can help in some way. Wishing you the best in your future trips.

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