Tips For Surviving Long Flights
While it is true that travelling is exciting and fun, just think about how long you would have to wait to get to your destination. Going on l
ong journeys often get quite boring and exhausting, especially, when you are travelling alone.
As a traveller, one thing is certain; you must board a flight, whether it is for eight or 13 hours. Making it through a long flight can be challenging, but with a few tips and tricks, you can make it more comfortable and enjoyable. Here are some things you can do to help you survive a long flight:
Choose the right seat: To gain the early bird advantage of selecting your preferred seat, it is recommended to book your tickets well in advance. For frequent travellers, utilising their miles to obtain an upgrade is a wise choice. Procrastinating until the last minute may lead to discomfort. If you have the option, choose a seat with extra legroom or an aisle seat, which will allow you to stretch your legs and move around more easily.
Dress comfortably: When travelling, it is always advised to wear clothes you will be very comfortable in. Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing and shoes that are easy to slip on and off for security checks and bathroom trips and can keep you warm when it gets cold.
Stay hydrated: The benefits of hydration cannot be overemphasised. Drinking plenty of water throughout the flight helps to avoid dehydration, which can cause fatigue and headaches. Being well-hydrated also improves sleep quality and mood.
Bring entertainment: Nobody else can keep you entertained besides yourself, especially, if you are by yourself or naturally feel awkward around strangers. Therefore, you should consider bringing a book, tablet, or other form of entertainment to keep yourself occupied during the flight. You can even consider downloading some movies on your tablets because systems for in-flight entertainment are not always reliable; they might fail sometimes, and if they do, you’ll be happy to have something else to keep you busy and entertained.
Get up and move around: Just sitting or lying in a particular spot for hours can be very tiring, so, it is important to take regular breaks to stretch your legs and walk around the cabin, which is very helpful to prevent blood clots, reducing stiffness, and enable the muscles to work most effectively.
Sleep: The body cannot function well without good sleep. Try to relax your head, meditate, and, if possible, get some sleep during the flight, especially if it’s a red-eye or overnight flight. You can come with earplugs and try listening to calming music to block out aeroplane noise or loud passengers. You can also try breathing exercises. Consider bringing a travel pillow and an eye mask. All these will help you sleep more easily and comfortably.