Essential Long Haul Flight Survival Tips
These tips will ensure you will have the easiest possible flight.
Are You Concerned About How To Survive A Long-Haul Flight?
Unless you’re traveling either in business or first class, long-haul flights feel like a nightmare. This is especially relevant if you’re a person who generally has trouble getting comfortable. And it is comfort, that is the primary concern most travellers have when embarking a long-haul flight. Your upcoming long-haul journey doesn’t have to be a dreaded experience though. We’ve got some simple hacks to help you survive a long-haul flight whether you’re in coach, or otherwise. So sit back and take some notes on how to reach your ‘comfort-zone’ on your next long-haul flight.
Bring Some Of Your Comforts From Home
Let’s face it, the little pillow provided isn’t usually enough. Especially to contest the poorly designed seats and cramped space that we’re all too familiar with on a long-haul. Couple this with the noise of the aircraft and announcements interrupting you when you’re about to drift off to sleep. And you’ve got a recipe for insomnia on your hands! To combat this, bring along items such as a neck pillow, lumbar support, eye mask, and earplugs. You’ll be blocking out the noise and distractions as well as providing yourself with some extra support. Most of all, in the areas that need it most.
Choose Your Seat And Meal In Advance
There are so many decisions to make when planning a trip. Everything from where you’re going, to where you’re staying and of course for how long. However, regarding the location of your seat and what meal you choose, choose wisely. Depending on how many times you like to get up to use the facilities, it’s usually better to select a window seat. The thought process behind this is that a window seat provides you with a stable place to rest your head, Plus you don’t have to worry about people passing you either in the aisle or the seats beside you. A no-brainer really.
Adding to this, is choosing a seat preferably in front of the wing. It’s a lot quieter sitting in front of the engines which is a bonus. However, sitting near the wing in general is optimal regardless. It is closer to the plane’s center of gravity and therefore said to be less disturbing during turbulence. This is particularly helpful if you’re prone to motion sickness too.
Order A Special Meal To Avoid The Wait
You don’t have to be a vegan or have an allergy to request a special meal. So even if don’t have a particular dietary requirement, there are a couple of benefits of pre-ordering. The first benefit of ordering in advance is that special meals are always the first meals to be served. So if you’re seated at the back of the plane you won’t have to wait until they finally get to you. This is particularly helpful, especially if you didn’t get a chance to grab something to eat before your flight. The second benefit is, you can satisfy your hunger pangs without having to wait. This is great too, if you haven’t slept a wink before your trip. After all, you need to get to the all-important business of trying to settle in for a snooze. So make sure you check out your options in advance and order away!
What You Can Do To Get A Better Sleep On A Long-Haul Flight
There are so many factors to consider when it comes to finding the best way to get a decent sleep on a long-haul flight. When booking your long-haul flight, the first thing to consider is the actual day you choose to fly. Midweek flights are typically less crowded and therefore will be quieter. With fewer seats taken up, you might even get some extra space to stretch out on. This can really make all the difference for getting a better quality sleep onboard. If you’re wondering what the best days of the week are to fly in peace, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are more often your best options.
The second thing to think about before trying to fall asleep on any flight is how much you’ve eaten either before or during your flight. While it’s tempting to stuff yourself enough to achieve a food coma in the hope it helps you drift off. It’s probably not the best idea. Your digestion is typically slower due to moving around less and it might do you more harm than good.
Stay Comfortable By Dressing In Layers
Many passengers suffer for fashion and wear clothing and footwear that would be better left on the ‘runway.’ Face it, your long-haul flight is not likely to land you on a magazines ‘best-dressed’ list. So wearing those strappy, open-toed, sky-high heels and your new super-skinny jeans are not the best combination to choose for comfort. It’ doesn’t matter what you tell yourself! Plus, the temperature can tend to fluctuate from frigid to arrid throughout a flight. This is also depending on the time of year and the age of the aircraft. As a result, it’s always best to dress in light, simple layers. Choose ones too, that are as easy to put on as they are to take-off.
If you don’t want to wear your sneakers, choose your most comfortable pair of shoes. And then satisfy your sense of fashion. Make sure they’re close-toed for safety and comfort reasons. Plus, choosing slip on shoes are a bonus. You don’t want to have to struggle with buckles and laces going through security or while onboard. Finally, gentlemen should bring a scarf and ladies, bring a pashmina which can double as a blanket if you tend to feel the chill on board.
Pack some essential toiletries
It doesn’t matter who you are; having a refreshing wash of your face always make you feel better. However, by the end of a flight the bathrooms aren’t usually the most pleasant of places. So, with this in mind and also if you’re stuck in your seat, packing some make-up wipes will help you in this endeavour. You can also use them to refresh your underarms and then apply a fresh coat of deodorant, that you also cleverly packed. A little moisturizer on your face and you’ll be feeling good as new. Well, a lot better at least. If you really want to give your skin a boost though from them dry air cabin, then treat yourself to a sheet-mask. People may look at you a little weird, but trust us, they’ll be jealously wishing they’d thought of it too!
So while you may never disembark your long-haul flight feeling ‘completely refreshed.’ A little forethought to finding ways to reach optimum comfort while flying to far away places will go a long way in helping you survive the journey.
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