Long haul flights are a nightmare for some people: there are cramped seats, annoying seatmates, lackluster in-flight meals. But here’s the good news: you can make it easier with just a few tips! Pay attention, travelers, and make sure you do these on your next trip:
Get better seats
It’s bad enough to be sitting for 15 hours, so make it a little more bearable by booking better seats. This usually means getting more leg room and some food and entertainment included with your seats. If you can’t get the seats that you want while booking, you can try asking about it when checking in at the gate.
Pack up whatever floats your boat – a whole season’s worth of your favorite TV series, some new movies in your laptop, maybe a couple of ebooks downloaded on your phone. Others choose to tackle work or play games on their tablet. Remember that your gadget’s battery will eventually get drained so it’s a good idea to bring a power pack.
Bring a comfort kit
If you’re lucky, your airline will provide this. If not, then pack the following items to make your flight more comfortable: neck pillow, eye mask, earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones. You should also pack a toothbrush or some mints so you can freshen up before landing at your destination.
Wear comfortable clothes
The smartest way to do this is by layering up, such as a sweater or pullover on top of a shirt. A scarf or a jacket will also be a good bet, so you can cover up when needed. You can also pack up a pair of compression socks so you can avoid swollen feet and ankles caused by a long haul flight.
Keep your valuables on hand
Don’t leave your passport and cash in your hand luggage. Secure it on your person through a money belt or in a smaller purse that you can keep beside you during your flight.
Eat, but eat light and eat warm
Don’t starve yourself, but don’t stuff yourself with food either. It’s harder to digest food while you’re flying so stick to warm meals instead of cold ones as they’re easier to digest.
The inside of the airplane uses recycled air that’s why you feel dehydrated. The best solution is, of course, to drink water. Avoid coffee or any caffeinated drinks as it will dehydrate you. Bring a refillable water bottle, or buy a water bottle and have them refill it for you.
Note: This is better than asking for water from the flight attendants every 30 minutes, trust us.
Take care of yourself
Bring a hand sanitizer or a pack of wet wipes to stay clean. Avoid deep vein thrombosis by stretching your legs or even walking up and down the aisles. Try to get some rest on the flight so you feel refreshed and ready to conquer your destination!
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