How to Survive a Long Haul Flight
Written by Jay Ho
It is often said that travelling is about the journey and not the destination. Long haul flights can be tough even for the experienced traveller. I’ve written a guide on helpful tips on how to survive these long journeys:
1. Choose your seat
I am rather frugal and never choose my seats on flights but make the exception for the long flights:
- If you want more leg room, pick the exit row
- If you want to see the view, pick a window seat
- If you want to easy access to the loo and leg room, pick an aisle seat
- If you want to avoid crying babies, pick a seat at the back of the plane
2. Exercise/ Prep Your Body
A healthy body holds up way better than an unfit one. At minimum spend a day or two before the flight going to the gym, stretching, yoga or even walking. Get your blood flowing and body ready this trip.
3. Get Comfy
Bring along a change of clothes in your carry-on to be more comfortable on the long flight. No one will judge you for wearing a comfy sweater, sweat pants and clean socks. Wearing multiple layers makes it ideal to adjust the temperature changes during a flight.
4. Pack a Snack
Bring your own snacks and stop “Hangry” from happening. Waiting for airline food is not a pleasant experience and the food they give you can be quite underwhelming.
5. Exercise on the Plane
Make sure you get up every 2 hours and get your blood circulating to help avoid developing deep vein thrombosis.
6. Stay Hydrated and Moisturised
Air-plane cabins are notoriously dry so make sure you bring a water bottle with you and fill up when the stewardess come around with their jugs. It’s also a good idea to a little bottle of moisturiser for your skin as well.
7. Prepare yourself to Sleep
Basics like your toothbrush, toothpaste, ear buds, eye mask, travel pillow and a lightweight blanket will help you feel comfortable and prepare your body for a restful sleep and to feel fresh when you land.
8. Choose a Good Airline
This a distinct difference between a good long-haul airline and a bad one. Research before you book and read reviews to see what other passengers think. Generally, the best long-haul airlines are those which carry a seat width of more than 17 inches and provide a decent on-flight meal. Everybody has different needs so look for what matters most to you. Air New Zealand, Emirates and Virgin Atlantic and Singapore Airlines are the best long-haul airlines for its high standards of service and comfort in all classes.
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