With vacation season in full swing, you might very well find yourself preparing for a long haul flight. As glamorous as taking a flight somewhere might seem, flying in tight quarters with strangers and staying comfy is a whole other thing! But don’t worry, I’ve been on plenty of flights myself and there are tons of ways you can plan ahead to make your trip much more pleasurable. Read up on these tips for preparing for a long haul flight so your next flight experience is first class all the way!
When you’re preparing for a long haul flight, it’s sometimes best to spring for upgraded seats. Think about it, you’re going to be spending a good part of your day or night there, so you might as well try to make it as enjoyable as possible. You don’t have to shell out major bucks for first class either: check with the airline to see if there are premium economy or other upgrades to get priority seating and other perks.
2. Be Early
Being early never hurts and when you’re taking a long haul flight, it always pays to be the early bird. Arrive early at the airport to prepare for any delays in traffic or security and check in early so you can get your bags checked and reserve good seating in case it wasn’t already assigned. If you’re unfamiliar with the airport, arrive early so you have time to find your way around.
3. Block out Noise
One of the ways I survive a long haul flight is by downloading comedy albums, music or audio books to help pass the time and block out noise. You can always bring noise-blocking headphones or earplugs, but sometimes just listening to your favorite singer can help make you feel better about spending 8 hours on a plane!
4. Bring Your Own
I had to learn this the hard way, but not all airlines are going to have pillows, blankets or other amenities to help make the ride more comfortable. Bring your own creature comforts by toting your own pillow, blanket, eye mask or warm socks. Sure, this might mean bringing extra stuff on board and you do want to limit your carry-on items, but bringing a few extras to ensure your comfort is well worth it!
5. Keep It Moving
Long haul-flights mean you’ll be spending a lot of time sitting, which isn’t so great for keeping your blood flowing. Make it a point to stretch, stand up and walk around a little every few hours. Sitting for long periods of time can increase the risk of blood clots. Although the chance of developing blood clots from a flight is relatively small, your chances increase when your travel time increases, so why not stay on the safe side?
6. Stay Hydrated
When you’re dealing with long flights, it’s important to stay as hydrated as possible. The air inside the plane is very dry so it can definitely affect your skin as well as your body. Sip on water throughout the flight and keep a moisturizer handy. It might not be a bad idea to keep some eye drops nearby, either. Also, make sure you stay away from alcohol and caffeinated drinks because they’ll only add to dehydration.
7. Dress Comfortably
Something you must do in order to survive a long haul flight is to dress comfortably! Nothing is more uncomfortable and frustrating than wearing tight or restrictive clothing while you fly. I totally get wanting to arrive at your destination looking chic, but there’s no need to go overboard with your ensemble! Wear layers to plan for changes in temperature on the flight and keep it loose.
8. Fight Jet Lag
While there’s no surefire way to avoid jet lag, one of the best things you can do to avoid jet lag as well as survive a long haul flight is to sleep! Change your watch setting to the time of the area you’re traveling to and try bringing a natural sleep aid like melatonin to help make dozing off easier. It will also help you adjust to the new time zone.
9. Stay Positive
The last tip I have for you in dealing with long flights is to stay positive! Flights can get delayed or cancelled, your luggage might get lost or you might’ve taken a seat next to the most talkative person on the planet. As long as you keep a positive attitude, it’ll make things much easier for you and the people you’re traveling with. Traveling is always an adventure, so prepare for the unexpected and have fun!
I hope these tips will help you prepare for a long haul flight in the future. Traveling can be stressful at times, but it doesn’t have to be a miserable experience! Plan ahead and maintain a good attitude because it’ll go a long way! Do you have any words of wisdom on long haul flights that you want to share? I'd love to learn some of your tips!