Everyone knows that flying can be stressful. Travelling by plane, particularly long flights can be extremely boring! You’re uncomfortable, irritable and unable to sleep or pass the time.
We’re going to try and help you with that today by giving you some essential tips as well as a list of things to bring in order to master the art of long flights.
THE ESSENTIALS CHECK LIST: WHAT TO BRING
- Headphones (preferably noise cancelling). So you can fall asleep while listening to your favourite tunes!
- Ear plugs. If you want to sleep without listening to your tunes.
- Eye mask. To make it even easier to sleep.
- Paper and pen
- Travel pillow. Especially it got a window seat.
- Toileteries bag: toothbrush, toothpaste, moisturiser, roll-on deodorant. And anything else you can think of.
- Spare clothes. In case you get too warm or too cold.
- Own snacks/drinks. Check out the “Tips” section for more on this.
- Portable charger. In case the plane doesn’t have a plug socket.
- Charger cable. If the plane does have a plug socket.
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- Go to the bathroom before boarding the plane. Let’s just start off with an obvious one!
- Ask if there are any spare seats. This is always worth doing because if you can end up changing to a seat with a spare one next to it, you’ll have more room to spread out and relax!
- Take your shoes off. When you’re up in the air your feet actually swell up so it can become pretty uncomfortable if you keep your shoes on. Just take them off before takeoff and you’ll find it a lot more pleasant (as long as your feet don’t smell too bad)!
- Don’t eat too much. It’s more difficult to digest your food while airborne. With this in mind, maybe just eat before boarding and just stick to snacking as much as possible on the flight. *Hot foods are easiest to digest.
- Bring your own snacks. It will be a lot cheaper for you to bring your owns snacks on to the flight. Also, snacks that contain a high amount of protein are best as these will make you feel full for longer so you won’t suffer from any digestion problems (see tip 4).
- Stay hydrated. Another reasonably obvious one. Flying is very dehydrating, so make sure you drink plenty of water regularly, throughout the flight.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Consuming too much of these will actually make you more dehydrated, as well as keep you awake and make you feel irritable. Plus, no one can be bothered dealing with a drunk person on a plane!
- Wear comfortable clothing. It also helps if it’s quite loose clothing. This will make you more able to relax and just enjoy the flight more as a whole.
- Do regular exercises. This one may sound a bit odd, but it’s really important. Not moving while being confined to a cramped seat for hours is not very good for you, and can even cause blood clots. So in order to prevent this, just do basic movement exercises every now and then. It could be just moving your hands and feet for a couple of minutes.
- Get a window seat. Having a window seat means that you have a wall to lean against, making it easier to sleep.
- Sit at an emergency exit. Since the chances of the plane actually being in an emergency are next to none, the seats next to the exits are basically just seats with extra leg room.
- Try and be one of the first on the plane. If you are among the first to board, it means you can store your bags in the overhead locker, giving you some much needed leg room.
There you go, guys. Don’t hesitate to comment if you feel we missed anything or if you have any other travel hacks that can help.