Middle Seat Hacks:

How to Travel Comfortably on Airplanes, Buses, & Trains

Sure, you could buy yourself a ticket for the third seat on the plane, ensuring you have a whole row to yourselves for your honeymoon. But for most of us, that's just not financially possible. Thankfully these middle seat hacks will have you traveling in comfort even if you have no choice but to rock the middle seat during your flight (or drive).

Chat Up Your Seatmates

Middle Seat ComfortI usually keep to myself on the plane, but if I'm in the middle seat, any distraction is a good one. If they seem open to it, chat up your seatmates a bit and watch the time fly by. You can tell them it's your honeymoon and see where the conversation goes.

Ask the Gate Agent for an Alternative Seat

Middle Seat Travel HacksSometimes, ask and you shall receive! Be polite and don't approach the gate agent like you expect there to be an alternative seat available. They'll be more likely to help you, if they can, if they think you're a polite customer! Alternative seats aren't always available, and sometimes will come with a small fee. But occasionally, you can get out of that middle seat just by asking.

Get a Chin-Supporting Travel Pillow

Middle Seat Travel PillowChin-supporting travel pillows like this one prevent you from falling asleep on the person on either side of you, allowing you to sleep soundly while facing forward. Avoid the ones they sell at the airport, which are cheaply-made, and spring for a high-quality one that you can twist into different positions and is made of a soft memory foam or a similar material. Thankfully, on your honeymoon you'll be able to rest on your other half's shoulder...but a good travel pillow will make the snuggle all the more restful.

Minimize Your Carry-On Luggage

Airline Luggage HacksIf you minimize your carry-ons, you can avoid having to stuff an item under the seat in front of you. this will give you just a little bit more precious leg room to work with in your already-cramped space. Pack smarter, and your middle seat experience will be much more comfortable.

Before Your Flight, Go to the Bathroom

airplane Middle Seat HacksBy going to the bathroom before your flight and minimizing the number of times you have to get up, your middle seat experience will drastically improve. It's always a little awkward having to ask the person in the aisle seat to get up, and it only gets worse the more times you have to ask. Take care regarding water drinking -- air travel causes dehydration, but overdoing it could cause you to have to constantly make your way to the bathroom.

Try Compression Socks

Compression Socks FlightCompression socks are a resource that too few travelers take advantage of. Usually known for being used by long-distance runners and grannies, compression socks help reduce the effects of altitude on those precious legs. Not only do your legs swell and your circulation become terrible during flying, but these changes come with a minor chance of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The risk is higher on long flights, and especially for DVT-prone travelers. Compression socks prevent DVT and keep you more comfortable from beginning to end.

Carry On a Foot Rest or Leg Hammock

Airplane Travel FootrestAirplane footrests and leg hammocks are great tools to make that middle seat trip just a little more tolerable. They allow for more stretch room, giving you the sensation of having more legroom than you actually do. With the shrinking sizes of airplane seats, you need every tool and gadget you can to help ease the discomfort. Add this weapon to your coziness arsenal!

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