Long-haul flights aren’t a pleasant experience. Yet, we need to board these to reach our favorite destinations. The experience can be quite hellish, especially, for those who haven’t been on them before. However, with a bit of preparation, one can actually survive a 13 or 20-hour flight without much inconvenience. Discussed below are some tips & strategies for surviving long-haul flights.
Right from choosing the airline, aircraft and seat, everything needs to be chosen wisely. Find out the kind of comfort, food and entertainment an airline has to offer. You also need to pick up the right seat to avoid any discomfort. SeatGuru is a great place to find this information. Also, choose an aircraft that has seatback screens instead of overhead screens as the former offer plenty of options and are not physically demanding. A seat far in the cabin will keep you away from high levels of noise since it can cause stress during your journey. It is great to go through sites such as www.flightnetwork.com to find out the best deals for long-haul flights. Such websites offer all the information you are looking for!
Don’t’ forget your pajamas & blanket
Never compromise on comfort when you are taking a long-haul flight. Take your pajamas including socks. It might get very cold inside due to the aircraft’s air conditioning system. Temperatures, especially, on overnight flights tend to fluctuate so make sure that you have appropriate clothing and shoes as well. An extra blanket can keep your comfortable and warm. Thick socks prevent you from getting deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Besides this, socks keep your feet warm and prevent them from swelling due to low cabin pressure & inactivity. Take a compression hose if you have a history of varicose veins to improve circulation.
Take some snacks & food
Long-haul flights are known to offer some great food but it’s still advisable to take some snacks and food. Take muesli bars, dried fruit, apples, and vegemite sandwiches. For those of you, who feel stressed about air travel, avoid foods as soft cheese, sugary desserts, chocolate, and yeast extracts. These can lead to hypertension. The best thing to have is salads and fruits (except citrus fruits). You should also avoid having beans, peas, meat, cauliflower, sprouts and turnips.
Keep yourself hydrated
It is very natural to feel exhausted while traveling in a long-haul flight. Thanks to the dry thin air in the cabin. Now, in order to overcome this, you need to drink lots of water, electrolytic drinks and juices. Avoid having fizzy drinks such as colas. It might cause bloating. Make sure you have a mineral water bottle with you always. Avoid alcohol and red wine as well. If you still want to have these, drink water afterwards to avoid inconvenience.
Books and gadgets keep you engaged
Carry your favorite books and magazines as these keep you busy for a good amount of time. Next, you can also take iPod and iPad to listen to podcasts, music, see videos and play games.
Earplugs, eyeshades, eye drops
It’s recommended to take some foam variety of earplugs with you on board. And, eyeshades are equally important for having a good sleep. You will also need some eye drops and moisturizer because of the dry cabin air.
While taking a long-haul flight, it’s recommended to carry some medicines to ward off infections and some airborne diseases such as cough & cold. This is because; it’s very common to catch infection in those confined cabins of your flight. Keep an antibacterial hand gel and wash your hands frequently to keep the bacteria away. If travel sickness bothers you quite often, keep some ginger with you. It alleviates the symptoms of motion sickness. To fight bug-infection, keep some tea tree oil with yourself and apply it under the nose. The safest thing to do is keep a ‘bug stopper’ face mask. Keep some peppermint and lavender oil to bring down the stress levels.Avoiding long-haul flights might be out of question for most of us but with little care and some conscious efforts, we certainly can make long-distance air travel a lot easier & enjoyable too!