Nobody enjoys long-haul flights. Even I am not their biggest fan - even though I’m quite tiny and I never have any troubles with insufficient legroom on planes.
But I think a long-haul flight is always worth it – even though you might only realise this once you arrive at your destination. So try to make the best out of your trip and enjoy the ride (flight) as much as you can.
Here are my ultimate tips for your stress-free long-haul flight.
Try and relax in advance. Well before you even get to the plane. Also don’t rush around the airport. Take it easy instead and don’t get annoyed or irritated by the other passenger’s behaviour and stress. Plan enough time to go through security and take a deep breath every now and then - after all travelling should be fun.
Try to check-in 24 hours before departure. This way you might have a chance to catch a premium seat. Another option: Try to arrive at the check-in desk early and ask for an exit row seat. Sitting in the exit row means accepting the responsibility to assist in the event of an emergency, but if you are happy to help, the extra legroom is worth it.
Wear comfortable clothes
Don’t mistake the airport and the plane for a runway or nightclub. Think ahead and choose comfortable and cosy clothing for your journey. Nothing is more annoying that having to cope with skinny jeans or rubbing labels on the inside of shirts during an already exhausting flight. Trust me, I certainly learned this one the hard way :-) I also like to take a light fleece sweater with a hood with me that can double as a pillow, blanket or privacy covering.
Hydration is key during a long-haul flight. So keep in mind the dry air on the plane and don’t forget to hydrate all the time. This means: Drink a lot - before the flight, during the flight and also after the flight.
Hydrate your skin
If you follow my Blog you might have read my in-flight spa treatment that keeps my skin hydrated. I also would recommend packing an on-board toiletry kit. You would not believe how great and refreshed you can feel after refreshing for only 10 minutes right before your arrival. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your toothbrush.
Get the right Equipment
Invest in proper quality flight gear. I can’t travel without my headphones. I especially love these ones. Once you tried headphones with noise cancellation you will never go back to conventional ones.
A travel u-pillow and a cushioned eye mask is also just what you need to rest comfortably and nap well during your journey. Do you know that feeling waking up and having your fellow passengers overhead light beaming down on you? An eye mask is pure bliss.
When it comes to the right technical gear, I have my Kindle and also my laptop ready so I can do some work or read during the flight. After all, the in-flight entertainment looks quite overwhelming at first, but after a while you are getting bored or it just stops working. Also I like to have a feeling that I am using the long hours of my flight in a productive way, which is another key to enjoying long-distance travels. So, don’t forget to make sure your iPad, Kindle, Laptop etc. are fully charged and you have enough material to watch or read.
Don’t be afraid to switch seats once the boarding door closes
Often you find yourself in a middle seat, wedged between two fellow passengers who happen to take up more than their fair share of space. Have a lookout for open seats right after everyone boarded – and don’t hesitate to switch your seat immediately.
Keep you blood circulating. It is important to find small ways to exercise on long flights. Move around and walk as much as you can.
Order dietary airline food
This is a truly great option. If you order your special dietary meal in advance, you will get a freshly prepared meal. I highly recommend you try this.
Pack some healthy snacks
Don’t forget to also pack enough fresh snacks in your carry as well, so you will be well prepared for the whole flight.
If you have to cope with a blocked nose or you are getting colds easily, especially during flights - try this trick (That tip came from a flight attendant). Get some Neosporin (if you can get your hands on it J) and rub it inside your nostrils. This will keep you cold free.
Be happy and look forward to your arrival. You can (kind of) start your holiday in the plane already.
I’m curious about your own special tips for flying. Please feel free and share them. I can’t wait to hear what you think.
Lots of Love