Ask the Advisors: How to Make Air Travel More Enjoyable

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Keep calm and travel on.

Clearing the Air

Five tips for making your next flight fly by.

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Delta’s premium economy cabin and (below) Global Entry goodness.

1) Travel Advisor Limor Decter, New York City
“I’ve had the same list of flight essentials for years: my travel pillow, a thick pashmina scarf that doubles as a blanket, an eye mask, earplugs, antibacterial wipes (for the tray table and armrests), and protein-rich snacks. I also try to walk around and stretch to avoid deep vein thrombosis. And I won’t fly without Smith’s Rosebud Salve, which combats the effects of dry, recycled cabin air.” $6, anthropologie.com.
 
2) Travel Advisor Tom Jackson, Santa Ana, California
“I can’t say enough about the convenience of Global Entry, which speeds admission into the U.S. after international flights and includes TSA Pre-Check for domestic flights.” Five-year memberships, $100; apply online at cbp.gov/travel.
 
3) Travel Advisor Abby Lagman, Las Vegas
Bose QuietComfort noise-canceling headphones are a must. I like the QC25 model – great sound and super-comfortable ear cups. It uses a AAA battery, so pack some extras.” $300, bose.com. “I also love the Bluesmart One smart suitcase. It connects to your smartphone through an app and lets you do some cool things such as track your luggage, check its weight, and even charge your devices.” $359, bluesmart.com.
 
4) Travel Advisor Michael Holtz, New York City
“All business-class seats are not created equal! A connected travel advisor can find that truly flat seat. In economy, Delta is launching a dedicated premium economy cabin on certain long-haul routes in 2017; American Airlines did so recently. Those seats are far better than ones in standard economy.”
 
5) Travel Advisor Janet Lavern, Ottawa, Canada
“Many airports now offer private lounges, and you don’t need a first-class air ticket to access them. They provide comfortable chairs for naps, light meals and snacks, luggage storage, and free Wi-Fi. Perks may also include showers, spa services, and skipping to the front of security and immigration lines – all a godsend after a long flight. Ask your travel advisor to prebook a lounge for you – it’s well worth the average $30 to $50 charge.”

Originally appeared in the February 2017 issue of Virtuoso Traveler.
Photo Credits: (Airport) anyaberkut/Getty Images, (Global Entry) JannHuizenga//Getty Images