#TravelTuesday - 15 Tips To Survive a Long Haul Flight12:00 AM
I always say, I will only get impressed with technology when we are able to get from one place to another by blink of an eye. These 10+ hour flights represent technology has a long way to go (as far as I am concerned). But in the mean time, here's how I survive them (because a long haul is not going to stop anyone from traveling. Am I right?)
1. Sit in the back
While checking in pick a seat towards the end of the plane. If the flight is not full, chances are most people will be scramming in the front. If you are lucky you might have the whole row, or at least the adjacent seat to yourself. And in Economy, every inch of space matters.
2. Request a special meal
I am a vegetarian so I always request a special meal, but even if you are not and would like to be served first just make sure you put in a request while making the reservation. That way you get to sleep longer and not get disturbed two hours into the flight.
3. Manage your number of meals
Of course you can't starve on the flight, but it is a good idea to limit the amount of food you eat. Our bodies (especially digestion system) don't function at optimum level. If you do choose to eat on the plane, keep in mind that warm foods are better than cold foods since they're easier to digest.
4. Pack your own snacks
I usually carry my own snacks, which I are rich in protein and I know will fill me up and I won't have to rely on the options available on the plane. How many mixed-trail nuts can one eat anyways, right? It is also just more convenient.
5. Stay hydrated
Drinks lots of water. You should probably drink more water than you normally do. Air travel is extremely dehydrating.
6. Keep your alcohol intake to a minimum
8. Bring a scarf
Scarf is your best friend while traveling. If could be an extra layer if you are too cold, and it could be an easy style element once you land.
9. Bring an eye mask
Ever since I have started traveling with one, the whole experience has changed. It helps in blocking out light helps with jet lag, and also mentally prepares you for sleep, and blocks out the early breakfast wake up on long-haul flights.
10. Do some in-seat exercises
You don't have to do jumping jacks in the aisle but a few neck, wrist, and ankle movements every few hours will help you with blood circulation and avoid swollen feet and ankles, leg pain, etc.
11. Charge all of your devices and bring an extra power pack
Although the flight now have a power outlet and a usb port to charge your devices, but it doesn't hurt to be prepared.
12. Carry a toiletries set in your hand luggage
I carry a toothbrush/paste, comb, lotion, chapstick, and a face mist (Evian spray). Dehydration is not only within but also on the exterior of the body.
13. Bring your own entertainment
While I always find enough in-flight entertainment, I always carry a book and upload a few movies/shows on my iPad for emergency. I just like being prepared.
14. Adjust your watch
Adjust your watch to the destination's time right as you settle into your seat. It helps you to start tuning your body to the destination's time zone and make a flight plan to combat jet lag as much as possible.
15. Give benefit of doubt
It is a long flight and there will be people from different walks of life, traveling for different reasons. Just be patient. Be nice. And if someone is isn't being nice back, give them benefit of doubt. Traveling is not everyone's favorite thing to do.