Whether you are 6’6” or unluckily sitting next to that guy, long haul flights are not much fun. Even if the movies are fantastic, you can only ever manage to watch three at a time before needing to sleep and when you try to rest your head, sleep just doesn’t seem to come. Maybe it’s that baby ten rows behind you or the guy sticking his knee into your back. We have some suggestions that can help you get through the struggle. We know it’s real!
Posted On August 30, 2016 Posted By Andy Buerckner
KEEP HYDRATEDWe can’t stress this enough. Being stuck on in a large metal plane, you may not notice that you haven’t had enough water in the last 24 hours but rest assured, keeping hydrated in the air is just as important as hydrating yourself on land. Plus toilet stops are a great way to stretch your legs and move around. Tip: Bring an empty water bottle onto the plane and ask airline staff to fill it during your flight.
STAY AWAY FROM THE FRONT ROW SEATSMany of these seats are allocated to bassinets and families with children. You really don’t want to be listening to crying babies for 15+ hours. Trust us.
ONLINE CHECK-IN IS YOUR FRIENDMany airlines open online check in at least 24 hours prior to flying. It’s a great way to pre-allocate your seating and allows you to print your boarding pass at home. It eases the whole process of checking-in and once you get to the airport all you need to do is go to the bag drop and go through customs.
EXERCISE BEFOREHANDYou’re going to be stuck in the same seat for a very long time, stretch your legs as much as you can before your flight. A workout before your travel can make you tired (which is great for those of you that like to sleep on the plane). Even pacing around the airport and browsing duty free shops will help you get a little walk in before your flight.
DON’T WEAR TIGHT OR RESTRICTIVE CLOTHINGComfortable and loose clothing wins out on long haul flights. Note: If fashion is important to you, keep a change of clothes in your carry-on luggage for when you arrive at your destination.
INVEST IN NOISE CANCELLING HEADPHONESTo block out the sound of the plane engine, people snoring, babies crying, the list goes on.
PACK SNACKSIf you’re not a huge fan of airline food, pack some healthy snacks from home – cut up raw veggies such as carrots or pack nuts or muesli bars etc.
MOISTURISE AND TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKINThe air conditioning on the plane tends to dry out your skin. We always recommend keeping some form of moisturiser and lip balm in your carry-on luggage.
KEEP WARMSometimes the airline blankets just aren’t enough. Pack a scarf or extra jumper.
MAKE SURE YOUR ESSENTIALS ARE WITH YOUIf you’re not in an aisle seat, keeping essentials such as chargers, headphones, phones, iPads, jumpers etc. in front of you will prevent the awkward encounter of jumping over people seated next to you every time you need something from the overhead compartment.