Best ways to survive a long-haul flight

Longhaul flights can be daunting. Being stuck inside a plane for a long period of time, with limited access to movement, can be a struggle for many. Throughout my years, I have taken a number of long haul flights and now I do not fear the length of time that is necessary to arrive at my desired destination. For many, it may not even be the cost of the plane ticket itself. So here I am with a few tips that could potentially help you overcome your fear of long-haul flights.

1) Bring snacks on board
The food you receive on the plane itself is not necessarily the healthiest and the lack of choice means that the standard is not compatible with everyone’s taste buds. What I enjoy doing is bringing my own food on board the aircraft, since I will be there for a long amount of time and will most definitely need to eat. Food has to be something you enjoy in order to make your time more enjoyable.

2) Wear compression socks
We are all constricted to limited room on the plane. We can wander only so far, therefore wearing compression socks will increase your blood circulation through the lower part of your legs, and your feet, which is the area of the body that needs it the most due to it being the furthest away from your heart. Your body has to work hard in order to make sure it pumps enough blood throughout your entire body when it is sitting down for long periods of time.

3) Bring your hobbies with you
The best way to kill time is by doing what you enjoy. If possible, bring your hobbies or what you enjoy doing to pass the time with you on the plane. Of course, there are films and television programmes offered to you on the plane, but apart from that I enjoy bringing at least one book with me, a pen and paper to jot down ideas or draw, and my music.

4) Sleep a lot prior to flying
Unless you are flying first class, your chair will only recline a small amount. If you are not used to sleeping upright, the chances are sleep will be very minimal and not the best quality. On my most recent flight, I received no sleep prior departure, and although I did fall asleep the second the plane left the ground I felt immensely groggy during the entire time we were up in the air.

5) Bring your skincare products with you
Your skin will take a beating after being incubated in the plane for so long. I recommend that you bring face masks, moisturiser and lip balm as necessities if you want to feel fresher in your skin, especially if you are planning on exploring the city as soon as you land. I also like to bring my toothbrush and toothpaste so that I can brush my teeth and feel even fresher.

I do hope this has helped some people plan what to bring with them and how to kill time on board your next long-haul flight. Do you have any tips for me? What are some things that you enjoy doing on long-haul flights? And who is actually a fan of flying long distance? Leave your comments down below, I would love to hear from you. As always, wishing everybody happy travels!

2 thoughts on “Best ways to survive a long-haul flight

  1. Good tips! I definitely always stick to my typical skincare routine and wash up and apply my products when I normally would. I must admit I always feel bad hogging the bathroom, though.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to read the article and I am glad that you found it useful. I am the same, but with some face masks you can apply it without even have to get up to use the bathroom and take it off without having to wash off any excess substance. Those are my favourite for when I am onboard the plane.

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