First and business class seats are almost always better, but there is no reason to resign yourself to misery if you're booked in coach. We asked Christopher Elliott, author of How to Be the World's Smartest Traveler, and Peter Greenberg, the travel editor of CBS News, how they stay comfortable at the back of the plane. Their advice: If you go in with low expectations and a plan, you'll never be tempted to splurge on a first class seat again.
Make Yourself Comfortable
Most economy class seats barely recline. If you're going to attempt to sleep on the plane, invest in travel pillows that mimic the way you sleep naturally. If you're a side sleeper, choose a pillow that lets you tilt your head to one side, and if you tend to sleep on your stomach, choose one that sits on the tray table for you to lean forward onto. Elliott also recommends bringing an eye mask on board to block out light and signal to others that you don't want to be disturbed. Or, bring a light down jacket that you can wear if you're chilly or repurpose as a pillow when it's time to rest.
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