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I’m Flying…And I’m Scared to Death!

I’m going on my second ever airplane ride and I’m a nervous wreck.  I’m going alone without my family and I’m completely terrified.  I know I sound like a big ole baby, but just the thought of boarding the plane is making my heart beat out of my chest.

I was invited to attend the Lexus Family Safety Camp in Southern California next week. While I’m there, I’ll enhance my knowledge and skills about overall vehicle safety, learn about the Lexus vehicles and Lexus’ commitment to vehicle safety. I’ll also be able to spend time with and talk to technical specialists about vehicle safety features in a way that normal consumers can understand, test drive vehicles on special courses set up at the Rose Bowl parking lot and gain hands-on experience with vehicle stability control (VSC), anti-lock brakes (ABS), brake override system, LATCH child seat system, Bluetooth and Lexus telematics. I’ll also walk away with a USB drive loaded with lots of great information and VIDEO of my experience from the day’s activities that I’ll be able to share with you here on my blog. Hopefully I’m not having a bad hair day.

I requested window seats thinking I’d get some good pictures for the kiddos, but now I’m wondering if I should have requested an aisle seat.  What, if any, advice do you have for this inexperienced plane passenger?  Any tips on how to calm my nerves?

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About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


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    AWE! I remember the FIRST time I flew. I was SOOOOO nervous. It really wasn’t as bad as I had imagined and I think I worked myself up far to much. As for the window seat, on my first flight I rode INSIDE away from the window thinking it would freak me out. Then I see a few people “pull the shade down” so I requested a window seat on my way back. LOVED it! Seeing everything for WAY up was am awesome experience. Specially the water (and I have to tell you I have a MAJOR water phobia). I just recommend maybe taking a book or a few other small activities with you. Some planes have WiFi so a laptop may be good. You could find out before you go. I would probably be more nervous about the week, and making sure I didn’t leave there as a “bad impression”. LOL But I think you should try to relax some and just think about the amazing experience you will be having. Use a few quite activities to pass the time. Pack yourself a few snacks (SMALL things and NO liquid because you can’t take it on the plane – however after the security check you can purchase bottle of soda or water and those you CAN take on the plane!). If you think that its going to be REALLY bad and are sick to your stomach kind of nervous, you can pack some Benedryl or Dramamine. The Benedryl will make you a little sleepy, and the Dramamine is for motion sickness, but it calms the nerves. I have severe anxiety everyday, so I take an RX for it, my DR still recommended the Dramamine when I flew. I was fine though, just focuses on my book and before I knew it that 4 hours flight was OVER! Good luck!!
    .-= Bobbie (OneScrappyMom)´s last blog ..Making Bracelets! =-.

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    You should be fine, take some headphones, if you have sound deadening ones use those, but otherwise, just take some headphones and listen to some music. And have a great time on your trip!
    .-= Louise´s last blog ..NUK Starter Set Review and Giveaway =-.

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    One word. Ativan. or Valium. Okay, that is two words, sorry. But they really help nervous fliers.
    .-= Virginia from Lady V dZine´s last blog ..Small Talk Six- Six of my Favorite Flowers =-.

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    Ok… do not feel bad…

    I have always been terrified of flying and it really does suck. The last time I was on an airplane I was flying from California to Las Vegas for my wedding… a year ago on the 13th of June.

    When I fly- I am a complete baby. I look around me and I see all of these people and I cannot understand how they can be so calm! My hands are always sweating and my heart beats super fast the whole time. Air pockets scare me to death because I hate that falling feeling.

    I have to sit in a window seat or I have a panic attack.

    For me, the only way I am calm during flights is if I get muscle relaxers and I am drugged.

    Sorry for the novel… I hope this helps.. and if drugging yourself is not the answer you are looking for… then I am unsure LOL

    Good Luck!!
    .-= Nina Say´s last blog ..Damn… 2 pages in and… =-.

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    I flew for the first time just a few years ago and have since only repeated the process once! It is a little nerve racking, but once your up in the air, ask for a drink…you know the kind with alcohol? Yea, ask for one of those and it will calm you down 😉

    Good luck!

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    Donna B. says:

    For me, it’s the takeoff and landing that’s the worst. Get a bottle of water (so you can swallow and help pop your ears) some gum and enjoy the experience 🙂

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    Tanya K says:

    I fly often, and I’m still scared.

    I like to tell myself that I only need to be scared until after the plane is done ascending and is stabilized up in the air, so once the flight attendants announce that you can move about the cabin, I’m done worrying.

    I bring along puzzle books — I can’t worry and do sudoku at the same time. Books, music, knitting all fail to occupy my head enough.

    And it really is the safest way to travel.

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    I get nervous on the take off and landing but otherwise love the adventure of navigating the airport and once we’re in the air being able to look out the window.

    If you’re nervous about the window seat, just pull down the window shade to blog your view – most airplanes have them.

    I also like to have something to do during take off and landing…get to know my seat neighbor, read a magazine or book, even edit photos or blog offline with a programs like Photoshop and Windows Live Writer. This keeps my mind off the most nerve-wrecking part of the trip for me.

    If you’re sensitive to sound then you’ll definitely want to get a pair of noise cancelling ear phones. Plug your iPod in, grab a drink and enjoy the trip!

    Good luck in sunny Cali!
    .-= Jenn@FFP´s last blog ..Memorial Day Grilling Tips! =-.

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    Sheila B says:

    I am terrified to fly also but when I do I call my doc and ask for some Ativan. They usually give me 4 or five in a prescription. Take one about an hour before flying and it will really help.They dont “do” anything to you except make you not care about the flight. I really cant tell I have taken one except that I am not hyper-ventilating during the entire flight. Good luck and have fun!

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    Lauralee Hensley says:

    I wouldn’t be able to give you any suggestions. I’d be afraid too, and if I ever take another plane ride it would also only be my second.
    My brother used to have a fly alot for a job he used to have (until it was outsourced to another country). He used to get a prescription for Valium for those trips. Some of which were long, like all the way to Australia.

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    I have a fear of flying too. I have only been on a plane a few times, but I find distracting myself with a good book helps.

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    My mom’s cousin is a pilot. He always reminded me growing up that it’s pretty safe and that landings, which everybody always seems to freak out about the most, are the easiest part.
    .-= Lori Z.´s last blog ..Goose and the News =-.

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    Just take stuff to distract you and relax you! 🙂 Hope you have so much fun!

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    Read… or take a vallium. That is what I do!
    .-= kathy´s last blog ..Little Tikes Deluxe Ride & Relax® Wagon with Umbrella =-.

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