Let’s face it travelling is one of the life’s greatest things but when you know that you have a long-haul flight ahead of you. The shadow of doom comes lingering down upon you. You’re excited for the destination and where you may end up but the journey could be a daunting thing.
I mean it’s all exciting but nothing excited me less than being stuck in a tin can for 10+ hours breathing in dirty, germy air and no sleep. I don’t know about you but I am the worst with no sleep.
After taking several long-haul flights over the past few years. I like to think that I have figured out how to survive them so here are some of my tips;
1. Drink plenty of water.
On the long-haul flights, I have taken. With Emirates or British Airways etc there has always been a free bar and as much as it is tempting to have a few cheeky gins. I know I wouldn’t thank you for it later on about 5/6 hours into the flight. The sensible idea is to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.
2. Try and get some sleep.
I am terrible at sleeping on planes, the noise is just too much but you should try. The only times I have been successful on this one is when the flight Gods have been on my side and have blessed me with a whole row to myself! I wrap myself up in blankets, plug Bon Iver in and hibernate for about 6 hours. It’s great.
3. Have plenty of things to do.
Usually, you get free entertainment on board long-haul flights but how many films can you tolerate on a 12+hour flight. Really? I get bored after about 2 and want something else to do but then get restless. I like to have a book, my laptop, just something else to do.
4. Keep fresh.
Carry face wipes to have a freshen up, hand sanitizer when you feel a little bit dirty. Moisturiser because let’s face it that air conditioning isn’t doing anyone any favours. It’s the little things that will help you feel normal.
5. Stay comfortable.
Wear comfortable clothes. Scrap the Skinny jeans, heels and anything tight fitted. Stick with loose fitted clothes, leggings, jogging bottoms, the classic elephant pants from South East Asia. Always bring a jumper and some socks too. Planes can get cold. And for extra comfort, I always bring a scarf along too. It’s a great thing to have. You can double it up as a blanket, scarf or even shawl.
Have you got any other tips on how to survive long-haul flights? Let me know.