Not all flights are created equally. Some are quick to finish, you’ll hardly notice it. While others seem like they go on forever. But whether you travel for business or pleasure, chances are, you’ve had your fair share of long-haul flights. So, what can you do to help ease the feeling of dread and stress of being stuck on a plane for hours and hours? Here are some tips for you.
1. Book your flight early. Beat the other passengers to the punch. There’s a good reason for the saying, “The early bird gets the worm.” In this case, the earlier you buy your tickets, the greater the chance you can choose where you’ll sit. It doesn’t matter if you want a window or an aisle seat. What matters is you secure the seat that works best for you.
2. Bring your favourite book. If you’re an avid reader, it’s a good idea to bring a book you can read. Chances are, if you’ve been to busy at work or at home, there’s bound to be a book you’ve bought that’s just gathering dust somewhere because you haven’t got the time to read it. Well, now’s your golden opportunity to enjoy that book.
3. Exercise before boarding. If you’ve got several hours to spare, you can spend some time working out. It doesn’t have to be rigorous. Being able to expend a little energy can help you fall asleep easily on your flight. Time will pass quicker when you’re fast asleep. Also, it’s better to have had the chance to stretch your legs before you get stuck in your seat for a long time.
4. Bring loads of entertainment. You may not like what’s playing on the in-flight movie screens. So, be sure to load up your mobile devices with your favourite films or some tunes you can listen to or save some podcasts you’ve always wanted to hear. Just be sure you’ve charged up your devices or bring an external power bank in case you run out of juice.
5. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. This goes without saying. Unless you’re not attempting to fly first class, there’s no point in dressing up. You should always choose something comfortable to wear like yoga pants or leggings, for women or sweatpants, a hoodie, and sneakers for men.
6. Pack smart. Only bring things that will help you survive a long flight, like a comfy neck pillow. Providing adequate support to your neck will help you rest and sleep better. Also, you can bring an eye mask and a good pair of plugs, so you can block out whatever disturbing noises you hear on the plane. If you still have some room, bring a blanket to keep yourself warm.
7. Secure an airport parking space. When it’s time for you to head home, avoid the hassle of catching a taxi ride and spending more than you should on cab fares. Make sure you reserve a reasonably priced airport parking spot, so you have a ride waiting for you by the time you return.
This may not be the most comprehensive list you’ll see, but we hope these tips will help you survive a long-haul flight and keep your sanity.
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