This article was originally published on the flight comparison site Skyscanner
When travelling economy, we've all let out a jealous groan as we pass the First Class cabin of the plane. Those huge comfy seats, the posh toiletries, proper food and five-star service.
Don't feel down you're not living the high life this time, here are 10 tips to make your economy experience feel frankly first class. Frequent flyer Alicia Drewnicki shares her secrets.
1. Take a good travel pillow
A top quality travel pillow can make all the difference when it comes to sleeping well and avoiding neck ache. 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. Don't go for anything big and bulky that's shaped like a normal pillow either. Instead, invest in an inflatable pillow - it'll save room in your hand luggage bag, give good neck support and prevent your head from falling over when you sleep.
2. 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. This is a comfort-boosting option that is often overlooked, and it won't take up much space when deflated either.
3. Look around for any empty seats and see if you can move
Always be on the lookout for free seats - sometimes whole rows are empty and let's face it, three seats are better than one. You will be able to lift up the arm rest and potentially lie down across a full row. So keep your eyes open and ask if you can move.
4. 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 make all the difference, especially whilst having a mid-air toast with your favourite tipple (you'll have to get that from cabin service - you're not allowed to drink your Duty Free purchases on the plane).
5. Bring some good noise-cancelling headphones and ear plugs
Whether it's a crying baby, a chatty neighbour or the noise of the engine, loud noises can ruin the chances of a relaxing flight, so make sure that you're fully prepared. Bring some noise-cancelling headphones and listen to some relaxing music, or if you want complete silence, buy some good quality ear plugs.