Long Haul Flight

12 Aug How to Make Long Haul Flights Comfortable

One of the things most people around the world pretty much share is our love for travelling. We make huge plans to make an epic adventure, we go out of our way to make sure that everything goes according to our dream escape. This is the reason why travel deals and hotel accommodation discounts have become so prolific, everyone will surely grab them. But you know what commonly stresses us out when we travel to far places? The flight.

Let us say you are browsing Expedia for Auckland to Port Villa flights right now and you see that it lasts for about two hours. That is a bit longer than what you are comfortable with, sitting in a plane with no leg room and limited area to move around. Not to mention other irritable passengers whose moods are slowly influencing yours.

It is a good thing long haul flights are not a hopeless case. There are various means to kill boredom or to make yourself comfortable while you are thousands of miles up in the sky. Here we list down tips and tricks to make sure you can be as comfortable as you are going to get during long arduous flights.

Try moving around whenever you can

Planes are not made for long walks, we all know that. But for 30 seconds, you can probably walk the aisles just to keep the blood flowing. Take bathroom breaks whenever you can, wait for the flight attendants to finish their routine before walking around. Make sure you know where you are not allowed to go into. Planes are usually very strict about passenger placements. And if you can, try notifying the flight attendants about it.

This does not just allow you to do a much needed stretch, it also helps keep the blood flowing. There are cases when people suffer minor strokes on planes because the blood is not circulating properly.

Do not drink too much alcohol

It is very tempting to drink as much alcohol as we can on flights because alcohol is usually free. Some people drink a lot so that they can sleep during the long flight. But drinking too much means dehydration, and when paired with the pressurized cabin, it will not bode well for you. So try limiting the amount of alcohol, if you can, try avoiding it completely and stick to water and juice.

Invest in earplugs and eye covers

Long flights mean sleep. In relation to our previous point, instead of drinking alcohol to fall asleep, just make yourself comfortable. Yes, it is not going to be as comfortable as a bed, but you can take sleep precautions like bringing earplugs for flights you are sure are going to have kids in it, eye covers, and bring your favourite pillow.

Prepare your body for jet lag

Jet lag is an inevitable part of long flights, but you can make sure the effects are not as bad. First thing you can do is to adjust your sleep patterns days before the flight. Another jet lag tip is to try to book a flight in the late afternoon or night time. The key is to be awake for as long as you can until you need to sleep, and arriving earlier on the destination allows you to keep moving until bedtime.

These are just some of the things you can prepare for or do during long haul flights. It might not eliminate your problems completely, but it will at least make it a little lighter and easier.

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Victoria Brewood
victoria@pommietravels.com

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

2 Comments
  • Mimi
    Posted at 22:00h, 13 August Reply

    Great post! In the excitement of jetting off somewhere exotic and far away I often forget about how long it takes to get there! I’ve definitely found moving around is key x

    http://www.mimazine.co.uk/

  • masgo
    Posted at 13:33h, 19 August Reply

    Happy you. You are short enough to stretch out on 3 empty seats. I once had 4 seats for myself on an empty plane and I could barley stretch without having my feet hanging out on the aisle.

    I would also recommend anti-trombosis socks (the real medical ones). Even if you are in perfect health, they help a lot on long flights. When you arrive your legs are not as tired; they do not feel heavy. It is a good idea to put them on in the morning, even if your flight is in the evening.

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