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Travel Tips For Long-Haul Flights

By Ashley Hume
Posted On Jun 05, 2016
Travel Tips For Long-Haul Flights

Long-haul flights are certainly no picnic. Even accepting it as a necessity for international travel, most people dread the prospect of a flight lasting more than eight hours. However, there are many ways you can plan ahead to increase your comfort and make those lengthy plane trips pass by in the blink of an eye.

First, make a seat selection that suits you. If you don’t reserve your seat selection ahead of time, one will be randomly selected for you at the gate. Since many long flights are mostly full, this increases your chances of ending up in an uncomfortable spot. Whether you prefer the window, the aisle, or the middle (some people have to, right?), book in advance.

Dress comfortably and be clean. If you have an early morning flight, it’s tempting to forgo showering and just roll out of bed a few minutes before you head to the airport. However, this may later make the traveling experience unpleasant for you (and possibly those around you). Make sure to practice good hygiene before a long flight by showering, brushing your teeth, and wearing deodorant. Dress comfortably and bring a jacket or sweatshirt in case you feel cold.

Prepare ahead of time to curb boredom. Boredom is the enemy of enjoying a long flight. Don’t rely solely on the airline’s in-flight entertainment. Load your iPod with songs and fill up your Kindle or iPad with new books, games, and movies to keep you occupied during the hours.

Bring snacks and drink lots of water. Sure you are pretty much guaranteed a meal during a long-haul flight but that might not be enough to fill you up, and the limited in-flight menu might not suit your tastes or dietary needs. Plan ahead by bringing easily portable snacks and choosing your meal ahead of time. You should plan to drink lots of water since it’s easy to become dehydrated on a long flight, especially if you are also consuming alcohol to pass the time.
Avoid spending the whole flight in your seat. Once the captain has turned off the fasten seatbelt sign, make sure to get up and stretch your legs a few times during the flight. You can do this during bathroom breaks or spend a few minutes hanging out in the back galley or walking down the aisles. Moving around will help with your blood flow and reduce cramping from limited legroom.
Plan to get some shut-eye. Sleeping on the plane is great way to pass the travel hours and wake up refreshed and ready for your trip. For many people, it just requires a little preparation. Bring an eye mask and earplugs with you. Invest in a high-quality travel pillow or use the one that’s provided to you by the airline.You can also download a sleep machine app on your smartphone that will play soothing sounds to help you drift off (just make sure to wear headphones!). If you can’t fall asleep, just try to relax, meditate, and enjoy the downtime that comes with being completely unreachable.
Get to know your fellow passengers. You never know who you could meet when you’re traveling so spark up a conversation with your seat partner while you are sipping on an in-flight cocktail. Swapping stories or getting travel advice is a great way to make the hours fly by.