How to Survive a Long Flight

Trip Planning

The flight times of a long-haul flight does put a lot of people off from travelling but it’s surprising how quickly this time goes if you keep yourself occupied and make the journey as stress-free as possible. In today’s article, I’d like to offer some tips on how to survive a long haul flight.

Make sure that you exercise regularly while flying

To avoid Deep Vein Thrombosis and other air travel related illnesses make sure that you regularly move around in your seat. Stretch your arms, the joints in your legs and feet, and wiggle your toes to make sure that blood is circulating around your body.

Make sure that you get up out of your seat and walk around the cabin, at least once every hour.

Drink plenty of water and eat healthily

Avoid caffeine and alcohol and instead drink plenty of water when flying to make sure that you keep hydrated. Make sure that you have a bottle of water to hand, or ask the cabin crew for a drink.

Try not to eat lots of junk food prior to the flight, eat small, light meals, low in carbs and high in vitamins and energy. Taking healthy snacks will keep your body functioning.

Set your clock to the time in your destination

To get your body clock into the time of your destination, change the time on your watch, and mobile phone. When it reaches night-time in where you are travelling to, try and have a sleep and this will help your body cope with the time difference and jet lag.

Keep yourself entertained

Make sure that you have downloaded a few movies on a tablet or mobile phone, that way if the in-flight entertainment is not very good, you have plenty to keep you entertained. Download games, buy puzzle books or take your favourite book.

Keeping entertained will speed up the journey as you are occupied rather than sat looking at the time and map on your screen, which can make the journey into an even longer one.

Buy travel accessories

For a more comfortable flight think about buying travel accessories like a neck pillow, earplugs (or noise cancelling headphones) and eyes mask to block out some of the light and noise from the aircraft and fellow passengers. Make sure that you wear comfortable clothes, loose fitting and shoes that you can easily get into and out of – but please wear socks, no bare feet! Ew.

Hopefully, these tips will help you survive your next long-haul flight.