There’s nothing more exciting than visiting some of the most far-flung places in the world whether it be for business or pleasure. Here in the UK many of us enjoy travelling and long-haul flights are part and parcel of visiting many of the most amazing destinations but it doesn’t mean long-haul flights are always easy.
If you’re heading on a long-haul flight soon and you’re not sure what to expect or what might help you have the most enjoyable experience then you might find the below tips for surviving a long-haul flight useful.
Choose your seat
Some airlines let you book your seat at the checkout so you know exactly where you will be seated and you can even choose from a window or aisle seat depending on your preference. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case with all airlines and sometimes you will find that seats are available on a first come first served basis which means arriving early is essential. If you want to go all out you could choose a completely tailored flight such as those offered by Vistajet where they endeavour to provide a home away from home experience.
Aiming to sleep on a long-haul flight is sensible, especially if you’re travelling overnight but sometimes it’s not possible to sleep and this is where keeping busy comes in. If you’re planning on bringing electronic devices such as a mobile phone, gaming device or even a laptop to do some work during the flight make sure your devices are all fully charged before boarding. Also, don’t forget to pack your chargers in your hand luggage so you can charge your devices during the flight if you need to, there’s nothing worse than being halfway through a movie and your phone dying. It’s also a good idea to have other forms of entertainment available, you could bring some puzzle books, reading books, playing cards, travel games etc.
Comfort over style
It can be tempting to dress to impress for your flight but you might live to regret it and those heels that seemed like a good idea before boarding could start hurting very quickly. When travelling long-haul you should definitely look at comfort over style and wear clothes which are comfortable and loose fitting. It’s also a good idea to layer up, it’s better to be wearing too many layers than too few and if you get too hot on the flight you can always remove a layer if needed. If you want to look good stepping off the plane you could always pack a change of clothes.
Bring a few snacks
Long-haul flights usually have meals served on board and there’s no doubt that the food on airlines has improved drastically over the last few years but it’s worth bringing a few of your own healthy flight snacks to see you through the journey. If you get peckish you can dip into your snacks and keep hunger at bay, you could pack some cereal bars, fruit, crisps or sweets and don’t forget something to help with pressure in your ears for take-off and landing.
Unfortunately, I’m not talking about getting your holiday started early with a glass or two of something sparkling. On an aeroplane around 50% of the air is recirculated, this can lead to dry skin, a dry mouth and dehydration so it’s important to keep hydrated when flying. Keep drinking water throughout the flight even if you don’t feel like you’re becoming dehydrated, remember that when you feel thirsty that means you’re already dehydrated. Keep your skin hydrated by bringing along a moisturiser, drinking water will also help your skin stay hydrated. If you’re prone to dry eyes it might also be worth considering bringing some eye drops to help.
I know moving around when on a flight can be difficult but getting up and stretching your legs at regular intervals is very important when travelling long-haul. Not only will moving around regularly help break up the flight and change your scenery but it could stop you from developing a potentially fatal Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). When sitting try to regularly move your legs and do simple leg exercises to keep circulation moving, then a quick trip to the toilet or walk up the aisles every couple of hours will help prevent DVT when you travel.
Get your beauty sleep
Not everyone can sleep on a flight and this can be a problem if you’re going to be on a long-haul flight overnight with very little or no sleep, it’s not a good start to a holiday. There are a few things you can do to try and ensure you’re as comfortable as possible so you can have the best possible chance of sleeping during your flight. Bring a good travel pillow so you can rest your head without getting neck pain, bring an eye mask to block out light, pack some earplugs to keep sound to a minimum and a lightweight blanket would be great for keeping you warm and comfortable while you sleep.
If you’re heading off on a long-haul flight soon I hope the above tips have proved useful and you have a lovely holiday. If you have any of your own tips for surviving a long-haul flight I would love to hear them.