Bobby in Brisbane

Hi.

Want to know how to fly and travel with carry on only?

Planepack provides advice, tips, interviews and podcasts to fly and travel light.

Mask up! How to spend 14 hours or more in an aeroplane

Mask up! How to spend 14 hours or more in an aeroplane

Managing the microclimate

The last two long longhaul trips, I’ve worn a mask on board - and I can’t understand why more passengers don’t do so. Agreed, it might make you look a little alien, but the benefits are worth the puzzled glances you receive. I don’t mind looking weird for 14 hours: I’m comfortable and less dehydrated than if I wasn’t wearing a mask.

A few years ago when I attended the Web Directions conference in Sydney, I heard Craig Mod speak. Craig is a writer, designer and a walker. Originally from the United States, Craig has lived and worked in Japan and he spends a significant amount of time travelling between the two countries. I recommend reading anything that Craig writes, but his article, ‘Let’s fly: how to survive air travel’, influenced my travel habits. I thought his recommendation to wear a mask when flying was super helpful. As Craig says, ‘The mask’s role is two-fold: protect you from the horror that is the air aboard airplanes, and create a microclimate for your nose and mouth.’ Believe me, it works.

When I wear a mask, I feel cocooned from the privations of longhaul flying. I discovered that wearing a mask, good headphones and using a neck cushion (which I hadn’t used since the airlines introduced headrest cushions, but a recent re-acquaintance with a neck cushion is a great find) creates a barrier between me and what’s happening around me in the cabin.

I slip the mask on and off - to eat, or to put on lip gloss - but in the main, once I'm sitting down, I wear my mask. And I arrive at my destination feeling refreshed, hydrated and rested. As I said, if you don't believe me, read what Craig has to say:

Let's fly: how to survive air travel - Craig Mod

 

My luggage, my father and his ashes (lost luggage story #2)

My luggage, my father and his ashes (lost luggage story #2)

Travel lightly (or how to do it with an onion and a tomato)

Travel lightly (or how to do it with an onion and a tomato)

0