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Tips for Surviving a Long Flight

So you’ve booked your tickets and you’re all packed up and ready to go on that trip you’ve been looking forward to for so long, but there’s still one thing you have standing between you and your destination, and that is, of course, the long flight. Long haul flights can be a real nightmare for the unprepared, so it’s best to go into one with more than a few tips regarding how to be as comfortable as possible. Here’s a look at some of the best tips for surviving a long flight!

Ask questions at check-in

When checking in, try asking about the seating options available. Emergency exit seats have more legroom, which can be a lifesaver if you are tall, so ask if there are any available. Also, consider asking if there are any unoccupied seats that you can be placed next to in order to give you more space.

Don’t carry too much onto the plane

It’s best to only carry what you need on the plane, don’t end up stuffing extra stuff under the seat in front of you and limiting your legroom, and avoid stuffing too much into the overhead compartment; you don’t want to be the person that puts too much in there and ends up leaving no room for other people’s stuff.

Get a good sleep before your flight

You may think a long flight is a good opportunity to catch up on sleep, but it really isn’t. If you board in a state of tiredness and expecting to fill that sleeping void with a long nap on the plane, you’re going to be sorry when you wind up not being able to sleep for whatever reason. The last thing you want is arriving at your destination even more exhausted than when you first boarded the plane. 

Stay hydrated

Bring a bottle of water on the plane and get water from flight attendants as often as you can in order to make sure you stay as hydrated as possible over the course of the flight. It’s easy to think you won’t have any problems staying hydrated since you aren’t doing any physical exercise, but this is not true. 

Bring some gear

Bring along some small comfort items such as a neck pillow, eye mask, earplugs, noise-cancelling headphones, etc. It’s always a good idea to give yourself the option of being a little bit more comfortable on a long haul flight. 

Bring a good book

A book can be a lifesaver on a plane, giving you an alternative to the in-flight entertainment should you get bored of it. You’d be surprised how fast time can go by when you’re immersing yourself in the pages of a great book.  

Wear comfortable clothes

This one should be a no-brainer; sitting on a plane for 10 hours or more is going to be a lot less comfortable if you are doing so in tight, constricting clothing. Opt for loose, flexible clothing and you’ll be far more relaxed.

Follow these essential tips, and you’ll be sure to have a much more pleasant experience on your next long haul flight!

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