I'm heading to Dallas today for a blogger conference... which is really just a great excuse to see friends from around the country ;-)
I went last year too and I was totally unprepared for how long the flight was. I still was working at my old job and I basically forgot I was even going when the week started. It was a scramble and a half to get ready. The last thing on my mind was how long the flight was. When we had been in the air for three hours, I finally asked, Wait, how long is this flight?! It's almost five hours from NYC to Dallas!!!
I'm kind of like a four year old when it comes to flights. Nervous about taking off and landing, big enough (duh) to sit on my own, but unless I'm completely occupied or entertained, I get bored and cranky. I've done a video post about packing a carry-on and now I'll share some of things I like to do while in the air. (Or at least having the option of doing. Seriously, I need to be entertained. Partly so I'm distracted from the fact that we're in the air and partly because I just get so impatient and I'm not good about being disconnected and stuck in one seat.)
When we were little going on trips, I used to be the same way. Shoving crayons and toys and everything I could imagine into the one backpack my mom let me carry-on. It would be insanely heavy, but I wanted to be prepared!!! Nowadays, I try to keep things a bit lighter... but still just as much entertainment.
A Funny Show to Re-Watch or Binge-Watch // This is one of my "last resort" tactics. I have the first two seasons of GIRLS on my iPad and I love to pull up an episode or two (lol, jk... I watch like seven...). The trick here, in my opinion, is watching something you already know and love. One time I made the mistake of downloading a movie that was such a snooze-fest. Not fun.
Sudoku App // This is my favorite thing to do. I put the app on the hardest level and it takes about twenty minutes to play a game. I get super sucked into Sudoku (it helped me survive AP Chem back in high school...). Three games = one hour! And I hardly notice time passing because I'm trying to beat my previous score without making a mistake. Kind of nerdy, but I swear by Sudoku!
Inspiring Magazines // Leave the easy-to-read magazines for a pedicure. I love to buy a couple of inspiring magazines (Fast Company is my favorite) before the flight. The longer the articles, the better. I tend to take a pen and jot down notes and favorite quotations to review later.
A Long Page-Turner // No boring books allowed on the plane! (Unless you want something to make you fall asleep right away.) Getting sucked into a good book is the best way to make the time literally fly right on by!
All the Candy // When in doubt, snack on some favorites. I'll eat Swedish Fish until my stomach hurts. Not sure if this counts as entertainment, but when I'm starting to feel crabby/restless or just plain stressed from turbulence, bring on the candy. At the very least, it's a mood booster. (It also makes me drink more water during the flight!)
What's your strategy for in-flight entertainment? Any favorite apps or magazines?