This article was published on January 14th, 2018
Far off exotic locations like Thailand, Germany, and Australia are a dream holiday for many people. The 10-20 hours of flying just to get there–not so much. In order to see some of the most fabulous places on the planet, you’ve got to endure long haul flights to reach the destination. Don’t sweat the journey; it will be worth it in the end. These are long haul flight survival tips you can rely on that will make your experience a hell of a lot better.
Follow these handy long haul flight survival tips and to avoid having the worst flight of your life:
- Hand sanitizer and baby wipes are virtually essential: planes are filthy and this will save you from having to get up to go to the bathroom between every snack or meal.
- Noise-cancelling headphones can make all the difference between 14 hours of hell with a screaming infant or an enjoyable flight spent watching different films.
- Books, magazines, puzzle books, and other modes of entertainment can go a long way once you get sick of staring at your laptop or tablet screen.
- A backup battery to charge your electronics with. Watching entertainment on your devices drains the battery life very quickly on a long flight.
Wearing the right clothing.
- Always wear and bring layers when traveling. Jackets can be used as blankets and pillows to make sitting still for that long more bearable.
- Compression socks help with circulation and alleviate the threat of getting deep vein thrombosis.
- An eye mask can help keep the light out and help you sleep even when your pesky neighbor won’t lower the window shade.
- Wearing a tank top underneath allows you to remove layers without having to go to the restroom to do so.
Make smart choices.
- Consider an upgrade. A better seat often means more space and leg room, and can be the right choice for a long international flight. Paying a big extra for an upgrade will be worth every penny if you have a comfortable flight versus a miserable one.
- Don’t drink alcohol or if you do, drink plenty of water. Alcohol can dehydrate you faster and cause a headache and hangover when you land.
- Stay hydrated.
- Get up and walk around every few hours to ensure good circulation and movement.
- Do seat leg exercises to keep your circulation good and your muscles active.
Now, with these long haul flight survival tips you’re ready for a far-off vacation of your dreams. Fasten your seat belt, and get ready to enjoy your extended flight.