Surviving long flights, which takes up to 2 days, is tiring, so a lot of preparation is needed to make this tiring experience as painless as possible. If you can afford to fly in business class, making these long-haul trips becomes fast. I thought it the perfect time to put my knowledge to use by sharing my tips for surviving and possibly even enjoying a long-haul flight.
MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO:
Planes are fabled for their harsh and dry air. So, staying hydrated is essential during the flight, of course. Make sure you drink enough water before getting on the plane, or otherwise, you will get dried out.
Some people may be on a special diet for health, while others may be particular by choice. So, you can pre-order the food of your choice. When you order a special meal, you will always be brought your meal first, so there will be no hassle.
SUIT YOURSELF ON THE SEAT BEFORE YOU FLY:
All airlines allow you to choose your seat either when you pay for your ticket or at check-in, and if you have the chance to do this, you definitely should. You can choose an aisle seat or a window seat, whatever makes you feel comfortable. I also highly recommend you to read reviews of the aircraft and find out which seat is the best in the house.
Comfort is most important. Of course, If you like to look presentable, there’s no reason that you can’t dress with both comfort and style while being on a long-haul flight.
WHAT TO HAND CARRY:
For long-haul flights, you’re typically allowed two carry-ons.
Keep a camera, laptop, warm clothes, some books and a pen in it. And yes, whether it’s on your phone or a piece of paper, it’s always wise to carry a copy of your passport when traveling in case the worst should happen. Also, keep a charger/ adapter, which will be useful if you need to charge your appliances during your stopover. Keeping your own snacks will save you money on stopovers. And pack a mini kit with plasters, pain killers, hay fever medication, etc.; also include a toothbrush & paste for a refresh and chewing gum to help with the descent.
Doctors recommend moving every three hours to prevent problems with blood circulation. So, get up and walk around.
Deliberately planning when you sleep on a long-haul flight can mean that you wake up without jet lag on the other side. It would help if you did a bit of math to work out when you arrived and sleep based on that. If you’re coming at the am, you will need to sleep on your journey’s last span. If you’re arriving at night, then it’s best to sleep in the first span of your trip and try to stay awake until you can crawl into a well-brought-up bed at the other end.
Some people can’t live without these on a long-haul flight, and others find them an annoyance. It depends on the seat in the aircraft and whether it has a folding headrest built into it.
Noise-canceling headphones make a huge difference when watching a movie or listening to music on flights because flights are noisy.
EYE MASK AND EARPLUGS:
Nearly every long-haul flight will automatically give you eye masks and earplugs. But just in case, I prefer to bring your own. These are essential for helping to get some sleep.
BOOKS OR MAGAZINES:
If you’re not a fan of fiction novels, how about reading a travel guide for your destination, a language learning guide, or a self-help book? It will be helpful to pass the time.
Connect to the flight wi-fi. Many new planes now have in-flight satellite wi-fi so you can hook up your device and stream, Instagram, chat, and research to your heart’s desire.
MAKE A TRAVEL JOURNAL:
To make your memories live forever is never a bad idea. If you’re a frequent traveler and already keep a journal or it sounds like something that might interest you, why not use your flight time to use your brainpower to remind your trip’s recent activities and write down all of your thoughts and tourist attractions.
DOWNLOAD MOVIES OR TV SHOWS:
Planes are usually very openhanded with their in-flight entertainment but don’t count on it to take you through your whole flight. Having your favorite series and films can be a great solution to boredom or anxiety.
A long-haul flight is challenging for every class, either it is Economy, Business, or First Class. Being cooped up on an airplane for 24+ hours is an entirely unnatural experience and takes a real duty on your body. So, if you’re a dedicated traveler and have a long-haul flight up-ahead, take onboard this best advice and tips. After all, you don’t want a lousy flight to ruin your trip.