Prepare to Be Distracted
Dr. Wehrenberg shared a few tips for keeping busy during a long flight. Before you board that plane, make a "panic plan" for yourself. According to Dr. Wehrenberg, "Think about what you are going to do on the flight, whether it's watching a DVD, listening to music, or doing puzzles. Be prepared and have them close at hand. Think about the length of your flight. If your flight is a three-hour flight, do you have enough things to entertain or engage you on your trip? And when [the flight attendant] tells you to turn off your electronics, make sure you have something to keep yourself occupied … when [your devices] are off." Wehrenberg also recommends packing a lavender sachet to sniff or a peppermint to suck on, both of which work well as calming devices for some people.