What’s more adventurous than escaping to a far-flung destination? Once there, you’ll no doubt find yourself on sun-drenched beaches or trekking along mountains and sampling the tastiest foods. Long haul destinations have so much in store for us, but that also includes the dreaded long haul flight. Some people love them, some people hate them. Nonetheless, there’s no doubt it can be hard to find yourself in one spot for a long stretch of time. But, there are things you can do to make the time pass quicker or make the journey a more relaxing experience. Follow our tips on how to endure a long haul flight and you’ll be hopping off the plane feeling fresh and most importantly… like a survivor!
The last thing you want is to feel uncomfortable… for a very long time! So, you might want to wear those comfy leggings and that slouchy sweater you own, you’ll thank yourself for it mid-flight. On top of that, planes are known to get quite chilly due to the cold aircon blasting out from above your head. So, it’s always recommended to carry something warm that you can take on or off to adjust to the temperature. Moreover, wearing closed toed shoes are better in case of emergencies. But, you don’t want to be wearing a pair of shoes which are too tight as it’s possible that your feet can swell at a high altitude.
Reserve your ideal seat
Everyone has their own preference when it comes to choosing an airline seat. Having the one you want can also be the key to making the most out of your long haul flight. Many love getting a window seat as you can admire the views from above as well as rest your head when you’re tired. If you want more leg room, opt for an exit seat. If you know you are someone who likes to get up for a walk around every now and then (or want easy access to the toilets), book an aisle seat. Finally, stay away from the front of the plane if you’d like to avoid crying babies and young children.
Pack entertainment essentials
Entertainment is a must on a long haul flight, specifically if you’re someone who gets bored quite easily. Remember to bring your phone or mp3 player along with some headphones to listen to your favourite tunes. You might want to bring a novel or brain puzzle book to pass the time. No doubt, the plane will have a whole host of entertainment available including a wide range of film and TV shows, but if you have any in particular you want to watch during the flight, bring a tablet with downloaded movies with you on board.
Bring some snacks
On a long haul flight, you’ll get all the meals you need. But, sometimes you might not feel that hungry when the food trolley does come around or you might even feel a bit peckish in between meals. To avoid the hunger, it’s always best to bring some snacks on board to curve that feeling.
Be smart with your hand luggage
It’s easy to fall into the trap of taking a small rucksack or maybe even a big bag which you can then place under the seat in front of you. But, for a long haul flight, you’re just taking up unnecessary leg room and making yourself more uncomfortable. One of the easiest things may be to take a large holdall or a rucksack which you can then place in the overhead locker. That way when you want to get something out, it’s easy enough to open, without the hassle that a carry on suitcase might have. Most importantly, it will be out of the way, offering optimum space and comfort.
Staying in one spot probably isn’t the best thing to do on a long haul flight for the sake of your own sanity. But, it’s a definite no-no in order to avoid the risk of deep vein thrombosis. Whilst seated, make sure you do some exercises to keep the circulation flowing. Otherwise, get up and go for walks on the plane every once in a while. Walk up and down the aisles or stand at the back of the plane where you can get some space to stretch. Another good idea is to invest in a pair of flight socks (especially if you are at a higher risk of developing deep vein thrombosis) which help to improve circulation during your long haul flight.
Once you’re flying high, you’ll soon realise that aircrafts can be quite a dry place. What we mean by that is you’re more likely to become dehydrated. Buy a bottle of water before you board the plane, that way you’ll always have some handy to sip throughout the journey. It’s best to drink water regularly throughout your flight and try to avoid drinking too much caffeine and alcohol. In addition, the aircraft cabin may even dry out your skin, so remember to bring some moisturiser to rehydrate!
Pack mini essentials
Thank goodness for mini toiletries! They are a lifesaver, particularly on long haul flights. Bring on board a travel sized toothbrush and toothpaste (the airline you’re flying with may even provide this) so you can freshen up before you land. You may want to bring any other bits and bobs you feel you might need in order to look and feel your best after your long journey. Whether it be face wipes, moisturiser or deodorant, all of these things are available in travel friendly sizes which comply with the liquid regulations.
When it’s time for a good rest during your long haul flight, do what you can to make it as comfortable as possible. Many people find it hard to get to sleep on a plane and understandably so. But, there are some things you can bring on board with you to make the experience a bit more relaxing. As it can get quite cold, you might want to bring a small blanket to keep you warm. On top of that, buy a comfy travel pillow that will support your neck and allow you to sleep peacefully. Finally, you may find that long haul flights are typically quite quiet anyway, but depending on how hard you find it to get to sleep, you might want to invest in ear plugs and maybe even a face mask.
In order to survive a long haul flight, all you’re going to want to do is sit back and relax. Daze off into your own little world as you enjoy the comforts that a long haul flight can bring. You can escape the rush of the real world down below as you spend a few hours without your phone or WiFi connection. Use the time up in the air to catch up on the things you don’t usually get around to doing. Whether that be catching up on your favourite show or simply clearing your mind and meditating. Essentially, you have all the time to do what you want!