Carry on cushion for long-haul flights


  • Apr 10, 2015 6:47 PM GMT
    So the bf and I are heading home to Australia in a couple of weeks for a holiday, and we're staring down almost 24hours in the air across 3 flights (each way). It's pretty horrible and those economy seats plain suck. In the interests of trying to make the flights a little easier, I want to grab an extra cushion for each of us. Anyone got any specific recommendations for products?

    And no, upgrading to a better cabin is not an option icon_sad.gif

    (Edit: dunno what I'm missing but this was supposed to go in the Travel section)
    (Edit 2: and I just worked out where I can set the section, but can't change it.. Sorry..)
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    Apr 10, 2015 8:01 PM GMT
    More importantly I think is to get up and stand and walk around as much as possible. If you do that you'll be much less stiff and sore when you get off the plane. So try and get an aisle seat so you won't be climbing over someone.
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    Apr 10, 2015 8:04 PM GMT
    You want a pillow that is wool. Wear sunglasses to trick your body to rest. Also keep the window slide in the close position.
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    Apr 10, 2015 8:53 PM GMT
    And don't go to sleep. I heard somewhere that it's best to stay awake and then sleep when you get to your destination; that way you'll switch over to the new time zone more easily.

  • Apr 10, 2015 8:59 PM GMT
    Being able to move around isn't an issue, I always book seats with no one in front. Not sleeping on a 14hr long haul flight is pretty tricky..

    I more concerned for the other half, he's never flown any further than LAX from NYC, so this is going to be a real 'treat' for him..
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    Apr 10, 2015 11:22 PM GMT
    Look for this sort of thing that keeps your head from flopping around:

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    Looks dorky, but it works. Most of them are inflatable, so you can keep them in your carry-on bag at all times. You can probably buy one right at any airport, but probably more selection on-line. Lol. Some weird-looking stuff out there in google-land.

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    Apr 11, 2015 12:52 AM GMT
    I think the better way is pick a better airline or seats. I took a seat with enormous leg space next to emergency exit once . It is no way your feet can reach to the seat at your front even the cute tall boy was 6'4 sit next to me.
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    Apr 11, 2015 1:14 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidLook for this sort of thing that keeps your head from flopping around:

    12718.7.black_1.jpg

    Looks dorky, but it works. Most of them are inflatable, so you can keep them in your carry-on bag at all times. You can probably buy one right at any airport, but probably more selection on-line. Lol. Some weird-looking stuff out there in google-land.

    hoodie-travel-pillow-styles.jpg


    This...we both have one! The top item.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 11, 2015 2:44 AM GMT
    I heard that no sleep till you get there thing. I tried it in the way home from Kenya my first time. HUGE mistake.
    I don't like those neck pillows. I mu have prefer a regular pillow. If possible fly mid week and there will be fewer people flying and you can maybe spread out.
    Drink LOTS of water and minimize the booze. The air on board is quite dry and will dehydrate you.

  • Apr 11, 2015 12:18 PM GMT
    Ok, so these are all good suggestions for everything other than what I need icon_smile.gif I've done this particular flight path many times and at the end of the day, unless you're in Business Class and can lay down, the seats suck, regardless of the airline. As already mentioned, I get seats with no one in front, so thats not the issue. The issue is, basically, sitting for so long in economy seats, regardless of how much leg room you have, your arse gets really sore (well, does for me at least), so I'm looking for a cushion to sit on that will help with this....
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    Apr 11, 2015 3:23 PM GMT
    There isn't a cushion for that. You are sore from inactivity. You need to do a routine of exercises every hour you're awake. circles with your ankles, calf raises, etc. then get up and walk around every 4 hours minimum.
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    Apr 15, 2015 8:35 PM GMT
    I like the neck pillows (sold in most airports) - gives me the support I need. If you have room, consider taking along some other sort of small pillow to actually sit on (or use the one they give you if you are not on an overly cheap airline. Roll up a towel to use as a back support. Take blindfolds - make sleep easier. Don't drink any alcohol - too dehydrating at altitude. Eat very lightly. Take some short acting sleeping pills (I always do on long flights). Ambien keeps me asleep for about 3 hours. If I want to sleep longer, I take another one, after changing positions. Drink plenty of water. Get up and walk periodically. Exercise your calf muscles while seated.
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    Apr 17, 2015 3:51 PM GMT
    If you don't want your arse to be sore , move during the flights ..
    We the cabin crew don't mind as long as your respect to be seated during meal distribution ..
    Most of my flights are between Australia and the U.S , i have never ever heard a complaint from a passenger about how uncomfortable the bottom cushion of the seat is , but I have heard plenty about the lack of leg-room .

    What airline are you flying with and where are you stops ?

  • Apr 17, 2015 6:28 PM GMT
    We're flying Virgin Australia (Delta connections JFK <-> LAX). I make sure I don't have leg room issues, it's worth paying the extra fee to get the seat with nothing in front icon_smile.gif

    At the end of the day, most seats become uncomfortable on the long haul flights. Personally it's my coccyx/tail bone that get the most uncomfortable. There are plenty of cushions that offer a solution, I was just hoping someone might have specific recommendations.