For many people, long-haul flights may be a nightmare. Cramped conditions, unpleasant toilet facilities, and long hours of monotony are just but a few things that the air traveler has to put up with. Unless you are fortunate enough to be one of those people who can fall asleep on take-off, and then wake up as the plane is landing, you might find that these tips will help you survive a long-haul flight.
Ask for a better seat
Some seats are better than others on an airplane, so book your seats wisely, and you could have a more comfortable flight. To try and get some sleep, book a window seat so that you don’t get disturbed by aisle traffic. You will also find that there is more leg room in seats that are situated next to an emergency exit.
Get some sleep before you fly
It’s virtually impossible to get any good quality sleep on a plane, so make sure you are well-rested before you board your flight. If you don’t, and you fail to get any sleep at all on the flight, you will feel utterly exhausted by the time you arrive at your destination.
Don’t take too much hand luggage on the airplane with you. If your bags are too large to fit in the overhead luggage compartment, you could end up storing them under the seat in front of you, and that will just reduce your leg room even further. Need tips on packing light? Read more…
Buy an inflatable travel pillow
An inflatable travel pillow, or neck rest, will support your head during the flight and make it easier to get some sleep. You might also find earplugs, and an eye masks useful if you are usually a light sleeper and are easily disturbed.
Bring something with you to keep you occupied
When you fly economy class, the choice of movies is very limited, or you may have no choice at all. Take a book with you, some magazines, or a device like a tablet. You will probably need something to help you pass the time and keep you occupied on a long flight.
Don’t wear tight-fitting clothes
Don’t worry too much about what you look like on a long haul flight being comfortable is more important in this situation than being at the height of fashion. Wear loose-fitting clothes that you can easily adjust and avoid anything with a tight waistband that might restrict the flow of blood.
Don’t drink too much alcohol
It’s easy to drink way too much alcohol on a long flight, simply because you have little else to do. Be careful, though, because too much alcohol will dehydrate you and make you feel ill. You also have to be careful that you don’t get drunk, or you could find the police waiting for you when you disembark the plane.
Move seats if you see a better one
If you are lucky enough to be on a flight that’s not full and you see a better seat, ask the flight attendant if you can move. If you are fortunate, there might be three empty seats together, and then you can stretch out and get some sleep. Just be sure to put on a seat belt on, so that you don’t get woken up during the flight.
Surviving a long-haul flight is as much about your state of mind as it is anything else. Make yourself as comfortable as you can, keep yourself occupied, and keep yourself well hydrated, and you can make it fun.