Have to get on a plane (scared)

posted 4 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
8044 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Tutti80:  Go to your doctor and get him to prescribe anti anxiety meds just for the flights. It really helps. I fly quite a bit but am still terrified so these help me not go over the edge haha.

Post # 4
7159 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

get a Xanax or something that will relax you, not Valium which will knock you out for the whole day.

my mom is a terrible flyer and always takes a Xanax before getting on the plane.

Post # 5
8888 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I can relate. I used to get nervous, I still get really nervous on smaller planes. 

You’re going to be on a big jet so you’ll be totally fine. Bring something to distract yourself, I usually bring an iPod or my tablet so I can play games. It passes the time quickly. Once you’re in the air you won’t even feel anything.


Post # 6
2188 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

I take xanax, I’d ask your Dr for a prescription.

Post # 7
8902 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Yeah I can relate.  I am fine if it’s a smooth ride, but I hate turbulence (even though I know there is no logic reason for me to be afraid).  It’s the not being in control aspect for me (I also get freaked out on some mountain passes if I’m not the one driving).  HATE small planes!  I don’t mind the larger planes as much.  I’ve taken some larger ones and been completely fine for hours.  I like to drink red wine! Smile

Post # 8
4552 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m going to have to agree with other PP’s. Xanex is the only way I can fly. Heads up, don’t drink if you take it. 

Post # 9
11242 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

You’ll be okay! I really hate flying, but I can do it.  I typically take a Xanax and make sure that I’ve eaten and have a big bottle of water with me.

Post # 10
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m terrified of flying since an incident about a decade ago. I try to calm myself by bringing stuff that keeps me active: books, crossword puzzles, games on my phone or kobo, crocheting… Also, I have a glass of wine before boarding – that helps.

Good luck, I’ll cross my fingers that you get a safe and smooth trip.

Post # 11
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

klonopin 😀

Post # 12
13419 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

Sitting next to your husband will be a huge comfort. I also get a little anxious on planes (I get claustrophobic) but if I take a Tylenol PM or something beforehand, I can pretty much knock myself out or at least zone out a little more easily.

As far as actual flying – takeoff and landing are the worst. Hold your husband’s hand and close your eyes if you need to.

Good luck hun and enjoy your honeymoon!!! 🙂

Post # 13
3888 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I wouldn’t take Zanax or other prescription meds; unless you’re coming from Europe, the flight isn’t long enough for that stuff to wear off by the time you land, and it really isn’t a good idea to be all out of it from meds when you first land in a foreign country– especially not a tourist hotspot like Cancun. You probably won’t get mugged, so don’t worry about that, but every street vendor in town is going to see you coming, and try to sell you overpriced crappy souvenirs, plus you still have to get from your airport to the hotel, no fun if you’re fuzzy-headed.

Plus, you don’t know how those meds will affect you, and 35,000 feet is not the place to discover that you get some of the unpleasant side effects.

Read the salon.com “Ask the Pilot” series, like this article on turbulence: http://www.salon.com/2006/11/03/askthepilot207/  These articles are generally well-written, not overly technical, and do a very good job of explaining the things that people find the most scary about flying. 

Post # 14
640 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I took valium to go to LA from here and my God, i was still leaning sideways while waiting in line to go through security… I recommend the herbal stuff, theyre OTC and work well. Otherwise take phenergan, that makes me sleepy.

Post # 15
640 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Oh and magnesium is apparently a natural relaxant too (:

Post # 16
2667 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Tutti80:  Oh I feel for you! a little secret, even the best of us get a little flash of the “worst of the worst” scenario in our minds before or during a plane ride. 

Take it from someone who flew a considerable amount of times, you will be ok! My best advice is to 

a) not sit in the window seat…looking out the window is not the best feeling when you are already afraid.

b) bring a form of distraction. If you airline doesn’t already have individual t.v screens i the back of each seat, bring a tablet (if you have one, it is a good investment for enetertainment, and a kindle fire is only $200 around for the cheaper end) predownloaded with movies so you can watch and maybe even download books too

c)cuddle next to the hubby!!! 

d) if you pray…pray for peace and protection…if you don’t believe in prayer just close your eyes and breath deeply and think of other things (esp on take off, turbulance and landing)

Hope this helps


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