Knowing a few tips for long haul flights can help make your travel experience much more enjoyable. I’ve undertaken a few long haul flights in my time and they can be stressful, exhausting, and also a bit boring. However, there are a few things you can do to prepare for your flight that will hopefully take the stress out of the situation. If you’re embarking on a long flight anytime soon you might want to take a look at these tips for long haul flights.
1. Know Your Airline
One of the first tips for long haul flights is to research your airline. Different airlines offer different things. Knowing what will be available to you on your flight is a great way to prepare for the hours ahead. Most airlines will outline what will be available on certain aircraft, so check their websites to get a feel of what you should expect for your long haul flight.
2. Take Care of General Admin
This tip isn’t just for long haul flights but for anytime you travel, really. Have all paperwork sorted beforehand so that your airport experience is as pain-free as possible. Check how long you have to be at the airport before your departure time and make sure you leave plenty of time to get to the airport. Research your luggage restrictions so you’re not hit with any excess luggage fees when you check in. Also check up on what to do once you get to your destination, like how to get to from the airport to your hotel.
3. Outline Any Dietary Requirements
Most airlines these days cater for all sorts of dietary requirements. Either tell your travel agent at the time of booking or let the airline know prior to your trip so that they can cater specifically to your needs. Otherwise you can always bring your own snacks with you (although you should always check restrictions to see just what you can bring with you on the flight).
4. Check in Online
These days online check in is a popular option for travellers. This way you get to choose exactly where you sit on the plane. Some people prefer window seats while others prefer the convenience of the aisle (I’m not sure I know anyone who prefers the middle seats). There are pros and cons to all options, so it’s all about what suits you best. I prefer seats away from high traffic areas like toilets so that I’m disturbed as little as possible throughout the flight.
5. Put Together a Travel Outfit
The clothes you wear can make all the difference on a long haul flight. You want clothes that are comfortable and won’t restrict movement. Stick to clothes in looser cuts and softer fabrics. Avoid wearing any unnecessary jewellery or accessories like belts and lace-up shoes. Not only can these be uncomfortable on your flight but they can also slow you down through airport security check points.
6. In-Flight Entertainment
Long haul flights can be quite boring so in-flight entertainment is a must. Most long haul flights these days offer a variety of in-flight entertainment; they just might differ between airlines. Also load up a laptop or tablet with some movies or e-books to help you pass the time. If you’re travelling with children, try packing a few colouring books, pencils, and toys to keep them entertained.
7. Pay Attention to Personal Care
Everyone is different so what you bring in terms of personal care depends on your own needs. Remember to pack things like medication or personal hygiene products. If you have issues with travel sickness then it might help to bring some medication or herbal remedies with you. You could also bring items like toothbrushes and toothpaste, hairbrushes, and facial wipes to help you feel refreshed and comfortable throughout your flight.
8. Rest up Beforehand
Get a good night’s sleep before your flight. Starting a flight tired can just exaggerate any niggles you may already have. You can’t always rely on getting some sleep on the plane so always make sure you start your flight feeling well-rested and refreshed.
These are just some things to consider before a long haul flight. Hopefully they’ll help make your travel experience as enjoyable as possible. Do you have any tips for preparing for long haul flights?