7 Tips for Surviving Long Haul Flights


No matter how much you prepare, being stuck on a long flight is going to come with some uncomfortable moments along the way. A little bit of planning before you leave can make a huge difference in your travel experience. Arriving at your destination feeling your best is an important part of starting your trip, so here are a few tips that will help you survive that flight across the world!

Don’t sit still for too long.

While you may not be able to get up and partake in your normal exercise routine, you should definitely try to get out of your seat every hour or so to walk around. While seated, you can do simple leg and arm stretches to keep your blood circulating and your muscles loose.

Choose your seat wisely.

If there is a time to try and receive a ticket upgrade, a 10+ hour flight is the time to do so. You’ll be stuck on the plane for several hours so you may want to try avoiding being confined in a middle seat. If you are traveling with a companion, also consider switching seats half way through to ensure both of you are comfortable.

Pack clothes and toiletries.

If you’re flying long distances, you’ll be on the plane for several meals and most likely one sleep cycle. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing or bring pajamas and change into them before you settle into sleep. Also bring a toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, and change of clothes.  Freshening up before landing will make you feel much more at ease.

Plan your sleep.

If you’re flying more than 15 hours, you really should try to fit some sleep in. If you want to lessen the jet lag you may experience, set your watch to your destination’s time and attempt to align your sleep schedule accordingly. It is also smart to plan your sleep depending on your arrival time so that you don’t waste away your first day sleeping.

Plan your entertainment.

If you are going on a quick flight you probably can just rely on your cell phone and a magazine to pass the time, however, we suggest planning your entertainment out a bit more if you are going to be stuck on a long flight. Load up all of your devices with movies, games, music, and books. Charge them before you leave, but also invest in a portable charger to make life easy and to be sure they won’t die on you.

Help your health.

Hydration is key to feeling your best on a flight no matter how long it is. Drink plenty of water before and during the flight to stay feeling your best. Try to avoid drinking anything with caffeine or alcohol in it so that you don’t dehydrate yourself even more. Also, be sure to have an adequate amount of food to give you energy and keep your stomach settled.

Stay safe.

As always, it is important to stay aware of your surroundings at all times while traveling. Since most people will find themselves sleeping at some point, it is important to make sure any valuable belongings are carefully stowed away where it would be difficult for them to be stolen. It is also smart to keep your personal items including your credit cards, ID cards, and money on you at all times.

Do you have any tips for staying comfortable on a long flight? Let us know in the comment section below!

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  1. On long flights I like to do isometric exercises every couple of hours. Nothing long, but 4 or 5 minutes at a time to stretch dormant muscles makes me refreshed.

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