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Growing up overseas, my family spent a lot of time on planes going back and forth between our home and our extended families. As a result, I’m a pro when it comes to killing time on a plane. I know that passing time in transit is a really personal thing, but here’s what I do in case you’re curious.

  • Books.

Books on books on books.

I’m a big reader, so my preferred method of passing time in transit is to read a book, magazine or newspaper. Actually, one of my favorite parts of any trip is the pre-boarding trip to the newsstand to pick out some new material for the ride. (Pro-tip: Don’t buy books at the airport — they’re very expensive.) Also, I make a point to only bring books that I’m comfortable leaving behind. It saves on weight and I’m sure that someone will appreciate the new (to them) book.

  • Music.

Some people are into music. Some people aren’t. Personally, I find the roar of the engines to be a little unsettling so music is a must.

  • Sleep.

If you’re the sort of person who cannot sleep on a plane, you have my deepest sympathies. I am not one of those people. Tray table down, head on the arms and away I go. On this trip, I plan to sleep as much as possible — you know, so I can be as hype as possible for all the adventures we’re going to have.

  • Movies.

When my eyes get tired from reading, I’ll flip through the the in-flight movie selections. When I flew to California, I discovered that those little monitors in the seat back have gotten a lot cooler since the last time I took a plane trip. I fully intend to take advantage of it this time around.

  • Living out a Dierks Bentley song.

Or you know, not.

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