You’re flying long-haul which must mean you’re heading off somewhere exotic, right?! The holiday may be worth it, but once you have endured eight, or so, hours in a stuffy cabin listening to the constant whine of the child in the fourth row and not to mention the jet-lag, you’re likely to be feeling anything but relaxed and ready to unwind.
But, believe us, long-haul flights aren’t all bad. That is if you remember to follow our eight simple tips. You’re welcome!
Wear comfortable clothing. There is nothing worse than sitting on a plane for hours on end not able to get comfortable. Wear light, breathable clothing during the flight and always bring socks and a jacket. The aircraft cabin can get pretty chilly, especially during a night flight.
Get plenty of sleep. If you are flying overnight, make sure you get some shut eye. If you struggle with falling asleep whilst flying, speak with your Doctor as they may be able to prescribe medication or recommend herbal remedies. Also, an eye mask works wonders for keeping out any light and a neck pillow will help you get comfortable.
Take your own snacks. Although food may be available on the plane, there is going to be a lot of hungry passengers so make sure you take some snacks on board with you. These will keep you going until it’s meal time – especially if the food caddy is looking a little a sparse by the time it reaches you.
Order your plane food in advance. On the subject of food, make sure you order your meal in advance. As expected, planes do not have an unlimited supply of the same meal. Reserve your dish online to avoid being left with the not-so-appetising hotpot.
Reserve your seat. Some airlines will allow you to do this free of charge, but others will apply a small fee. If you are only in the air for an hour or so, booking a seat may not be a priority, but when it comes to long-haul it’s a whole different story. Book your flight and your seat early so you can make sure you are going to be comfortable during your flight.
Pack your cabin luggage carefully. Keep all your important documents, including a copy of your travel insurance, in your hand luggage – as well as any valuables, gadgets and any prescription medication. That way, if your hold luggage doesn’t arrive at the same time as you – or at all, you will only have to replace your shoes and clothing. Also, make sure you pack everything you need for the flight in your hand luggage. There is nothing worse than looking for your book and realising it’s under the plane!
Stay hydrated. Spending an extended period of time in the air can leave you feeling sluggish and dehydrated. Make sure you drink plenty of water before and during the flight.
Bring entertainment with you. Most long-haul flights will have free films and music for you to watch and listen to during your journey – but don’t just assume your flight will. Do some research beforehand and if you are still unsure, make sure you bring a book, phone or even that essay you’ve been meaning to start with you. There is nothing worse than having to stare at the back of the seat in front for hours on end.