There are direct flights half way around the world. If you’re in for an extremely long travel time in your upcoming trip, here are some travel tips to help you get through a long flight and maybe even enjoy it.
Rest before you go
Getting a good rest before you take take off can improve your travel experience. It would be even better that you adjust your watch to the local time at your destination the night before your flight. This will help your body get adjusted.
Upgrade your seat
Though getting a business class can be quite expensive, you may want to go for premium economy which you can upgrade to using cash or frequent flyer miles. You may also go to the gate agent and ask if there are any extra seats in the emergency row.
Get comfortable on board
Before you put your backpack in the overhead compartment, not under your seat, take the things that you might need during the flight. Things like your headphones or a book can keep you occupied while you are on your way to your destination. Don’t forget to have your water bottle ready in case you need a drink. Also, it would be more comfortable if will take your shoes off because cabin pressure can affect your circulation.
Airplanes can get really cold, especially if your seated next to the window. Dress warm and wear layers. Jackets, scarves and wool socks can be helpful. You may want to avoid wearing skinny jeans as this may make feel uncomfortable during the long flight.
Little things can make a big difference. For a comfortable sleep during the flight, eye shades, U-shape pillow and ear plugs can come in handy and they are easy to pack. If you have tablet with you, make sure you have it full charged and download any videos, podcasts or e-books you want before you take off.
Pass the time
Nowadays, most airlines provide free entertainment for passengers. But sometimes you will have to pay for them. On a long journey that might be worth paying for. You may also spend the time for a nice distraction-free reading. There are some magazines they put in the seat back pocket.
Eat right during a flight.
Long flights usually have in-flight meals. If possible, choose carb-rich foods as they are good source of insulin and help you adjust to jet lag. Bring your own water bottle to stay hydrated. Also, it would good to avoid caffeine and alcohol. However, if you do imbibe, there are carry on cocktail kits available to help you mix up a cocktail during your flight.
Flying is not natural and may affect your circulation, which may lead to uncomfortable leg conditions. You can avoid this by taking a lap around the airplane or doing some simple exercises.