I'm a Nervous Flier, and These 9 Products Ease My Flight Anxiety
I've been traveling on airplanes since the age of 2, and yet I'd still categorize myself as a nervous flier. I wouldn't go as far as to say that I have a fear of flying — though I still can't quite find peace in the concept of traveling in a tin can thousands of miles up in the sky — but there's always been something about airplanes that makes me feel claustrophobic, which tends to bring on a lot of anxiety and restlessness. Factor in turbulence and the rollercoaster of emotions that come with every takeoff and landing, and it's a lot to cope with.
Over the years, I've developed tons of in-flight superstitions and rituals, like boarding the plane right foot first, only sitting in the back-middle section, and always choosing the window seat, to ease my anxiety. Additionally, I also travel with a book or magazine and make sure to have loads of movies, music, podcasts, and shows downloaded on my phone. There are occasions where these suffice and help me have an enjoyable flight. But that's not to say it works for every flight. There could be an urgent-sounding "fasten your seatbelt" announcement, flight delays, a rowdy seatmate… the list goes on.
While anxiety never really goes away, I've found that keeping my carry-on stocked with comforting items has made a tremendous difference. After lots of trial and error, I've cultivated a range of wellness, tech, and beauty products that ease my nerves and make for a smoother ride. Below, check out my in-flight essentials for anxiety that I never travel without.