How to Make Coach Feel Like First Class

Updated 06/14/17
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In the interest of preparing for peak summer travel season, we've compiled some notes on how to make any journey feel as A-list as possible. If you have a long-haul flight ahead of you, then you'll know how much a few little luxuries can make the difference between a good flight and a bad one. Even though first-class airfare has cornered the market on amenities and extra space, with some thoughtful planning and a couple of upgrades, you'll be basking in nearly the same pampered perfection.

Don't believe us? We polled the MyDomaine editors to find out some of their personal flying secrets that upgrade coach to first class. Keep scrolling to discover our suggestions on how to bring that champagne taste with you anywhere.

Strategically stocking your carry-on bag with super-soft luxuries makes all the difference. There's arguably nothing more decadent when you're up in the air than a cashmere eye mask. Compact baby alpaca throws fit discreetly into a tote and will make long trips feel super cozy. A favorite trick of ours involves one of the best feelings in the world: new socks. Toss a pair in your bag. It's only courteous to your fellow passengers to sport a crisp pair when removing shoes before your flight.

UGG Australia Women's Cashmere Slouchy Crew Socks $50
Madeleine Thompson Striped Cashmere Eye Mask $115

Airlines often have an enviable collection of newly released film and television options. But instead of splurging the extra dollars, load up your iPad with your favorite podcasts, shows, and games. Feel like bouncing between novels? Fill your tablet's library with all of the reading material you've been dying to catch up on. Throw in a pair of noise-canceling headphones, and you'll be ensconced in your own little heaven, no matter your aisle number.

Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones $33
The Daily Edited Black 13-Inch Laptop Case $90

One of the biggest discrepancies between economy and first class is the food selection. Bring your own treats and you won't miss a beat. Be sure to select dry goods that will make it past security. We prefer to hit up our favorite health-food store well in advance to detract from last-minute stress. Start a bulk travel stash in your pantry. is the epitome of inventive, guilt-free splurges. Healthy, delicious snacks will keep your mind, body, and immune system in top form.

Sakara Life Watermelon Jerky $11
Sakara Life Probiotic Chocolate $30

A cocktail of high altitudes and stress can leave skin dry and malnourished. Investing in travel-sized varieties of your personal skin regimen makes for a super-luxurious mid-flight break. You'll land feeling glamorous and fresh-faced. Since overpowering perfumes may disturb other passengers, we recommend switching to a subtle, organic fragrance oil. Low on ounces, it's the perfect carry-on for a fragrant and discreet touch-up.

Eve Lom Vacation Essentials Kit $95
Le Labo Santal 33 Perfume Oil $130

Arriving early to score an exit row seat, or spending a few extra bucks to boost your legroom situation to a more premium seat, is one luxury that still comes in at a fraction of the full upgrade cost. Check your bags or combine your carry-on and personal items into a single streamlined piece of luggage. Everything in the overhead compartment means more room to stretch out. Chic travel accessories are enough to make any journey feel like the high life.

Herban Essentials Lavender Towelettes $7
The Daily Edited Overnight Bag $316

Have a trick for making travel more luxurious? Tell us in the comments below.

This story was originally published on December 14, 2015. Updated by Sacha Strebe.

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