For most of us, flying isn’t a pleasant experience. Paying extra for baggage, getting through security, catching connecting flights – all things we hate to deal with when flying. As a larger guy, you have additional challenges to deal with, from fitting comfortably into your seat, to a lack of legroom. Here are some tips on how to alleviate the pain that comes with flying:
You already know you’re going to be running the gauntlet – getting through security, reaching your gate, and getting into your seat. If possible, make things easier on yourself by packing light. Take smaller bags, and ensure that your carry-on luggage isn’t too heavy or bulky (Tip: Pack a pair of shoes that goes with all your outfits). Not only will this streamline the flying process for you, it’ll also save you a little money, as most airlines are charging for stowed luggage.
Wearing multiple layers through security just means you’ll be spending extra time removing those layers in order to make it to your gate. Wear clothes that are easy to remove, and shoes you can kick off quickly. In addition to removing your footwear and outerwear, you’ll probably have to empty your carry-on, which takes even more time. An added plus to wearing looser, lighter clothing on a flight? You’ll be even more comfortable in the cramped confines of your seat.
Get up and move around
Once you’re in your seat and the flight is on its way, you’re good to go, right? Well, if you’re on a long flight, staying in one position for an extended period of time is not only uncomfortable, but can be unhealthy as well. I know, I know, you don’t want to move around and cramp anyone else’s style, but even big folks need to stretch their legs sometimes. Be sure to get up and walk the aisle when possible
Skip the middle seat
The worst seat on a plane for a man of size? The middle seat. Your generous girth takes up room, and having people you don’t know on either side of you can make you more uncomfortable. When booking your flight, be sure to specify a seat that you’ll be most comfortable in. Most airlines allow you to do this when you’re booking online or by phone.
Ask to move to an open row
Cramped in your seat with no recourse? Ask your flight attendant if it’s possible to move to a row with more open seating. Usually, attendants will make an announcement letting you know if there is the option to change seats. If the flight isn’t full, find yourself a more comfortable space.
Hopefully these tips will help make your next flight a little more tolerable. Do you have any tips for big gents who’ll be flying soon? Share them in the comments.