By Stephanie DeRosa
It doesn’t matter whether it’s a two hour or ten hour flight that you’re about to face, any time spent on board presents you with an opportunity to seal yourself off - quite literally - from the outside world and get some serious work done. When you come prepared with a list of everything you want to accomplish and put Travelle’s inflight tips to good use, your flight will instantly transform itself into mobile workspace. Here’s to being productive anytime, anywhere.
Check out our tips for how to make the most of your flight and stay productive in the air:
Less is More
This principle should be embraced when it comes to traveling and technology. Instead of lugging around a heavy laptop, ask yourself if taking a tablet instead would be just as practical. Although a lot of us might feel more traditionally productive with the pc in our lap, a tablet is far more convenient and when it comes down to it, it does the same job as the pc. But if you simply prefer working with a keyboard, the Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for iPad is a sleek and nearly weightless way to make that happen.
Noise Canceling Headphones are Your Best Friend
We’ve talked about these before, but we cannot stress enough how much they can come in handy. Talkative neighbors and loud engine noises can be very distracting factors when you’re trying to work or read. Noise cancelling headphones provide protection from those disruptive sounds that regular earplugs might not be able to afford you.
Be Comfortable yet Chic
What you wear will affect the way you feel. While it may seem like a good idea to throw on those comfy pants and flip flops when you head out the door, think twice. Wear something comfortable, but stylish. A casual Friday work outfit for instance, would be about what you should aim for. If you feel like you’re dressed to work, then you are more likely to do work than if you’re fitted for a night on the couch.
There have been several studies that confirm that people who work under colder temperatures are more productive. Airplanes are already kept at frigid temperatures not all of us can handle, but if you can, try leaving your travel blanket in your carry-on. Using it will not only increase your temperature, but also might induce that dozy bedtime feeling.
Avoid Alcohol, and Bring Snacks
While we all know that the airport and the prospect of a long flight can be a stressful duo, a glass of wine is not your best stress relief option if your priority is to stay productive. Keeping hydrated on the other hand will help keep you productive and focused. Many of the snacks they sell on the plane will be sugary or not so healthy, and potentially cause you to crash, so it’s also a good idea to bring healthy, energizing snacks (think fruit or raw nuts) in your carry-on.
Read Up on the Culture
If you’re going to a new country, it’ll be a good idea to familiarize yourself with the culture before you get there. In order to ensure your interactions go smoothly, read up on traditions and potential cultural faux pas. If you don’t speak the language of your destination, it’s also not a bad time to learn some of their basic key phrases.