When you're traveling while fat, you may experience thoughts like: “Will I fit in that chair?”, “Do I need a seat belt extender?”, “Should I buy two seats?” If you're anything like me, these thoughts and questions can add to the anxiety and stress you may already get while traveling.
If you're a plus-size person who enjoys adventure and see in the world, we've found the top five tips that can make your travels as enjoyable as possible.
4 Great Tips for Fat Travel
The majority of airlines require that passengers are able to lower the armrests on the chair, as well as buckle the seat belt. If you're not able to do this, they may require you to buy an additional seat. I don't know about you, but the majority of people don't have a travel budget that will allot an entire extra seat.
You can easily check online how wide the seats are for the specific airline you're traveling with. Most airplane seats are between 16 inches and 18 inches wide. However, there are wider seats available that are much more comfortable in comfort economy, business, and first class. It's a good idea to check on the prices for those upgraded seats as well.
Another thing to consider when it comes to the seats is the position of the seat. Is the seat a window seat, or a middle seat, or aisle seat? If you're able to “hold it” and skip on the bathroom breaks (which is a different challenge) then you may want to opt for the window seat. That way you won't have to get up every time one of the passengers in your row wants to go to the bathroom, or come back from the bathroom.
Also, consider the row the your seat is located. Is the seat in a standard row or emergency row? Many people don't realize that the seats in the emergency row have extra legroom.
The last thing that you may want to consider when it comes to being comfortable in your seat on an airplane is a seat belt extender. You can ask the flight attendant for a seat belt extender. Of course, some find it embarrassing to ask for a seat belt extender in front of a plane full of people. Some regular passengers buy their own to avoid the hassle, but it's a good idea to double-check with the airline that there won't be any problem bringing your own.
Arrive to the Airport Early
Whether you're a plus-size, overweight, or an obese individual, you may move a bit slower than someone who weighs less. For this reason, you may want to get to the airport a little earlier than others. This is to avoid any unnecessary running and rushing in hopes to catch your flight on time. In reality, arriving early to a flight is something everyone should do, regardless of their weight.
Arriving early allows you to use the bathroom that last time before the flight to avoid the hassle with using the bathroom on the plane. It also gives you some extra time to make sure there aren't any mix ups or delays in your travel or check in that could make you late.
Let's Talk Food!
The physical aspect of traveling while fat aren't the only concerns to big people. Another big concern is the food, which is an even bigger concern for someone that's on a weight loss journey. The food that's easily available on the trip can be the difference from coming back 10 pounds heavier or 10 pounds lighter. If you're concerned with traveling while fat now, then it stands to reason that you won't want to come back even bigger.
Traveling doesn't have to interrupt your weight loss efforts. A little strategy goes a long way.
For starters, before you head to the airport, you may want to throw a few snacks in your purse or carry on. Airport food is outrageously priced and the majority of it is unhealthy. Often times you'll see a bag of chips for $3 and then a salad for $15. Which one are you more likely to grab?
Some healthier (and cheaper) options that you could bring with you to the airport are things such as almonds, dried fruit, yogurt, rice cakes, protein bar, hard-boiled eggs, pretzels, and string cheese. There are plenty more out there, but watch out for things like granola bars. A lot of those are packed with sugar without many nutrients. Anything with protein, such as peanut butter, will keep you more full for longer.
You also may want to see what food is native to the area you're traveling too. If you follow a strict diet, you may have trouble finding food on the menus at restaurants wherever you end up. This is especially hard for people who are vegan and/or gluten-free.
Try grocery shopping while on vacation! Chances are your hotel room has a small fridge and maybe even a kitchenette. Grocery shopping while on vacation allows you to get food that will be good for your body, help you stay on your weight loss journey, and even save you money!
Packing Your Bags
Lastly, let's talk a bit about packing your bags. You've already read that it can be a good idea to pack some delicious snacks, but there are a few more tips when it comes to packing for a trip.
It's no surprise that clothing in larger sizes takes up more room. Add in things like bulky sweaters, sweatpants, and a change of shoes and your bag is practically stuffed already. Think about packing in layers. Meaning, bring multiple items of clothing that can be swapped out for one another to create multiple outfits.
For example, you could bring a cardigan, a flannel, a couple of plain t-shirts, yoga pants, undergarments, and a pair of jeans. Depending on how long you're vacation is, these few items could last you for a few days!
When it comes to physically packing your suitcase or backpack, remember that rolling clothes saves a lot more space than folding them. Take whatever piece of clothing you're packing, fold it in half and then roll it right up! You can also place things like socks and underwear in a shirt before rolling it up. believe me, as someone that does lots of traveling while fat, this is a way to really gain some space!
You'll be surprised by how much space this saves. You can also wear your heaviest clothing to the airport. This will not only keep you cozy on the flight, but it will save you space in your suitcase for souvenirs and might save you a couple of pounds when they're weighing your bag!
Bottom Line When Traveling While Fat
If you're already on a weight loss journey, you're doing amazing! Losing weight is hard enough without adding the stresses of traveling on top of it. No matter what size you are, remember to relax and enjoy your vacation or travels. You shouldn't be able to have less thrilling experiences and adventures just because of your size!