Photo - Does the thought of travelling Economy fill you with dread but your wallet just can’t stretch to First Class? Turn any flight from cattle to classy with these simple tips!
Always be on the lookout for free seats – sometimes whole rows are empty on the flight and let's face it, three seats are better than one. You will be able to lift up the armrest and potentially lie down across a full row. So keep your eyes open and ask the cabin crew if you can move.
Bring your own blanket
Flights can be chilly when you're sat still for hours and blankets aren't always provided, or can be very thin. A shrewd packer's tip, make sure one of your holiday scarves is a warm pashmina or shawl that can double as a cover - if you're wearing it, it won't count as hand luggage.
Bring slipper socks to walk around the plane in
Sometimes flights provide free socks but they're often thin and flimsy. Bring some of your own slipper socks so you can comfortably walk around an Economy flight like a luxury jet-setter.
Take a good travel pillow
A top quality travel pillow can make all the difference when it comes to sleeping well, whatever fare you're travelling on. Ditch the free cushions that you get on long-haul flights; these are flat, thin and slip behind your head as soon as you fall asleep. Avoid having to carry on anything too bulky. Instead, look for a orthopeadic neck pillow - these are the ones that give good support on the go. Dreaming you're flying First Class is almost as good as the real thing, right?
Buy an inflatable foot rest
Having your feet slightly raised on a flight not only aids circulation, but it can reduce the risk of swelling and joint pain too. Like your trusty travel pillow, it won't take up much space when deflated.
Go DIY gourmet with Duty Free treats
If plane food has never impressed you, then why not take the time to purchase some luxury chocolates or snacks in Duty Free to take with you on the plane? These little treats can bridge the difference between Economy and First Class.
Invest in good headphones
Whether it's a crying baby, a chatty neighbour or the noise of the engine, loud noises can ruin the chances of a peaceful flight, so make sure that you're fully prepared. Bring some good quality noise-cancelling headphones and listen to some relaxing music
Bring a good sleeping mask
Sleeping masks are great for blocking out ambient light and letting you have a good rest. Invest in a slightly pricier one that sits away from your eyes and has eye cavities built into the mask. This will mean that rather than pushing on your eyelids, your eyes will be unobstructed during the REM (rapid eye movement) stage of sleep, so you will sleep more deeply. (Photo)
Pack some toiletries to pamper yourself on the plane
There are so many lotions and potions that you can bring on the flight with you to bring a touch of First Class pampering to a journey. Try some face spritz, under eye gel, tired eye drops, moisturiser, lip-balm, face wipes and a toothbrush and toothpaste. Check the rules for liquids in your hand luggage before you fly.