Tips to help you survive that long-haul flight
A long-haul flight might seem like a daunting prospect, but fortune favours the prepared so here are some tips to make your flight a lot more comfortable.
1. Get the best seat you can
The earlier you buy your flight, the more likely you’ll be able to book an ideal seat in advance.
Check whether your frequent flyer program offers a chance at upgrades and if you have to pay a little extra to get a better seat, it might be worth it.
SeatGuru is your best friend; the site will help you see the best and worst seats in any class on a plane. You will even see other fliers’ reviews of seats so you’ll know what to avoid.
2. Make the right packing decisions
A neck pillow will be your best friend – ridiculous though they may look. Look for quality memory foam ones as they tend to be the most comfortable.
Wet wipes will help you sanitise your armrests and are also a quick way to freshen up. A quick swipe will help ease somewhat any feeling of discomfort.
3. Dress in stylish comfort
Dress in easily removable layers. If you tend to sweat a lot, opt for synthetic materials or merino wool. Avoid cotton as it tends to retain liquid and takes longer to dry and you do not want to be cold and soggy for hours.
Jackets, sweaters, shawls, and scarves can also be rolled up as makeshift pillows or neck rests.
Note: while it’s important to be comfortable, that doesn’t mean you should look unkempt. Decently-dressed passengers are more likely to get last-minute upgrades.
4. Move that body
While it’s tempting to just stay in your seat the whole journey, you will need to stretch your legs.
This is to avoid the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) that causes blood clots that might lead to serious complications.
If you’re not sleeping, make sure to get up at least every 1 to 1.5 hours and perhaps take a quick trip to the lavatory or galley.
5. Stay hydrated
Traveling long-haul will be as dehydrating as a cross-country trip on land. Make sure you drink enough liquids on board but avoid caffeine. Instead of coffee or black tea, opt for green tea or juice instead. Orange or tomato juice will provide nutrients to help boost your immunity.
6. Keep yourself entertained
In case the inflight entertainment isn’t to your liking, bring a book or save a few Netflix movies or TV shows to your phone to watch on board.
A laptop will have a bigger screen but its bulk makes it less convenient than a tablet or phone. Bring a power bank to keep your device charged through your trip.
Planning ahead will ensure you stay
entertained or at least comfortably distracted throughout.
7. Make sure you sleep
Staying up the entire flight will just leave you too tired to enjoy yourself when you arrive. Try and time your sleep to match the night hours of your destination to help ease jet lag.
To help you sleep, get an eye mask as well as earplugs or noise-cancelling earphones.
Over-ear noise-cancelling headphones are more effective in blocking the noise out but aren’t great to sleep in.
If you think supplements such as melatonin will help, ask your doctor or pharmacist first.
Make sure you do a trial run of the medication at home instead of only trying them on the plane – this is to ensure you don’t have adverse reactions.
A little perspective also helps. A long time ago, traveling across the world would be prohibitively expensive and slow.
With the right preparations, all you need to do is book that long-haul flight and look forward to that new adventure.
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