10 Ways To Survive A Long-Haul Flight
Few people enjoy travelling on a long-haul flight. Hence, the reason why we’ve gathered 10 ways to survive your next long-haul flight!
Now, this option may not be affordable for everyone, but if you can afford to upgrade your seat, we strongly recommend you do as this can improve your travel experience dramatically. Whether you’re travelling for just 8 hours or the dreaded 17 hours, having more leg room, breathing space and edible food, can make a big difference to your journey.
For the SuperScrimpers fan; booking 2 economy seats may save you some money and give you the freedom of having another option on where to put your legs, in case you get that annoying person in front which reclines their chair so far back, it feels as if they’re basically lying on your lap (if you’re one of these people you should hang your head in shame).
Alternatively, you can put your charming skills into 5th gear and ask the check-in advisor if there are any spare upgraded seats available for FREE!
Unfortunately, with so many hours to burn, getting bored or restless (especially if you can’t sleep) is inevitable. However, below are 4 ways you could consider to help you escape from counting down the time until landing:
- Catch up on work
- Update your IPod to all of the great music you love
- Watch selected movies that the flight has to offer or pay for the latest movies
- Cram your IPad with several programmes, soaps, documentaries, films, games and whatever else that will keep you entertained
Eye masks and earplugs can be a God send in terms of really improving the quality of your sleep and to escape the limited cabin space, as well as lights and blocking out the noise.
However, if you are one of the few who finds it very hard to try and get somesleep whilst flying. Then it might be a good idea to make sure you’re relatively rested before you board your flight, as you could be in for looooooooooooong ride!
Please note, if you start to feel like you’re drifting off at any point, to stop whatever is you’re doing and get some sleep. Otherwise you may have thrown away an opportunity to kill some hours.
4) Avoid Alcohol
There are a list of Long-haul flights that are known for giving out free alcohol. However, not only is alcohol a depressant, it also is a dehydrating agent, which is why we recommend you not to go over the recommended daily unit intake (3-4 units for men and 2-3 units for women).
Combining alcohol with the limited cabin space on an airplane, can amplify it’s effects.
5) Don’t carry too much stuff
Ever-changing luggage fees and weight restrictions, have inspired some travellers to carry more stuff as their hand luggage. For long-haul flights this option only means less legroom and more limited seat space.
This is your mandatory living space for 8 – 17 hours, so make sure you pack your hand luggage wisely.
6) Avoid the luggage carousel, check-ins and carrying heavy luggage
Most international flights allow you to have a carry-on bag and a personal item, such as; a handbag, briefcase or a laptop bag, as well as at least one hold luggage (what you check-in and not carry on).
Now, if you’re a strong man or woman, carrying all these items around the airport, to and from your destination, may not bother you. But if you’re like myself and simply just don’t like carrying heavy items and get frustrated with the check-in lines, bored of waiting for your luggage to finally arrive on the luggage carousel (at baggage claim) or travel with your family – then our dedicated personal luggage assistant’s (PLA) may be your answer to travel luggage and stress free.
All of our clients are assigned to their own PLA, which arrange for your luggage to be collected anywhere in the world and delivered to your chosen destination. They’ll also handle your complex custom forms, track your luggage every step of the way, and clear any custom and security issues.
Sitting down for a prolonged period of time can affect your blood circulation. To avoid any health issues and muscle stiffness, we suggest periodically taking standing up breaks, by stretching your legs and/or walking in the aisles.
Some airlines even have inflight exercise videos, which they recommend to at least do for 3-4 minutes every hour while in your seat, as well as the occasional walk and stretching in the aisles.
Check out Qantas inflight exercise video:
In the days leading up to your flight, we would advise you to eat fairly light and healthy meals. The last thing you want is to have an upset tummy or feel bloated and uncomfortable on a long-haul flight. Let’s face it, if you had to make an emergency dive to the toilet, it’s safe to say the passengers that are sitting next to the toilet would not be happy!
9) Comfortable clothing
Travelling comfortably has always been my MOTO, my hammer-time trousers are always on my checklist for long-haul flights. But, some of you will be boarding the flight coming back from an event, meeting, etc – leaving you with no other choice but to arrive to the airport still in your work or going-out gear.
To get around this, you can pack a minimal amount of comfortable clothes and shoe wear (that you can slip on and off) in your hand luggage – which i’m sure will be lots of fun changing into whilst inside a claustrophobic toilet!
Also, if you’re travelling from a sunny environment to a winter environment or vice-versa, pack climate changing clothes in your hand luggage, as it’s a great way to avoid being too hot or too cold when arriving to your destination.
10) Stay hydrated
Staying hydrated during your flight is very important, even if you don’t feel thirsty. It’s better to be safe than sorry in this case, as being dehydrated or feeling as if you’re going to faint, is not a good predicament to be in, especially in a limited cabin space and hours left to go until you land.
Water and juice are great ways to stay hydrated. You may have to go to the toilet more often, but at least it’s adding to your recommended long-haul moving exercise.
In a nutshell……
Some of these tips won’t work for everyone, as what may work for one person, may not work for another. However, many of the tips I’ve mentioned can significantly improve the experience of long-haul flying.
Do you have any tips to survive a long-haul flight?