Flying as a means of travel has many advantages. After checking in for your flight, you can lean back and relax; there is no need to consult maps or navigate traffic to your destination. Upon boarding the aircraft, all meals and drinks are brought right to your seat without the need to queue.
However, even the most seasoned travelers are less than thrilled when they are confronted with long-haul flights, particularly if they are traveling economy class. Long-Haul flights can be cramped, uncomfortable, and boring. Here is how to survive a long-haul flight and arrive at your destination in optimum condition.
Key to surviving a long-haul flight is to secure an aisle seat. The advantage of an aisle seat is that it gives you the freedom to get up and move around as frequently as you wish without disturbing the passenger(s) next to you.
Check the airline seat map on their website to identify a suitable seat. When in doubt, consult ‘SeatGuru’ for a description of the seating area.
Getting up to walk the aisles and stretching your muscles is recommended on long flights. This is to get your blood circulating. This can prevent potential blood clots from forming.
Not everyone can fall asleep on a plane, however, there are certain measures you can take to aid relaxation and possibly help you to doze off. This will greatly improve your chances of surviving the long-haul flight and arriving refreshed at your destination.
An important accessory to have is a neck pillow which will cushion you and keep your head in place. The motion of a falling head is often what interrupts sleep. Noise canceling headphones are also invaluable. Covering the eyes with a mask will block out the light and aid sleep.
It is difficult to sleep if you are cold, and cabin temperatures are known for fluctuating from one extreme to another. Hence, it is recommended that you wear comfortable clothing that does not fit too snugly, composed of layers. Warm socks will come in handy, as well as a large scarf which can double up as a pillow if need be.
Carry with you items that will help you get comfortable for the flight. A sanitizer to wipe down surfaces such as the seat belt, TV screen, seat Trays and other items will help you feel safe and secure. It is important to have prescription medication with you, as well as pain killers.
Airline cabins dry out the skin, therefore, a moisturizer will be useful. A toothbrush, toothpaste and comb will come in handy when you arrive at the other end.
Airline entertainment systems have been known to fail, therefore carry a back-up in the form of a book, e-reader, or downloaded games on your tablet to keep you amused.
Cabin air lacks humidity with levels of 15-20% compared to humidity levels of 30-65% on the ground depending on where in the world we are. It is therefore good practice to begin hydrating even before you get on board. Carry an empty water bottle to refill during the journey. It is also advisable to limit your intake of alcoholic beverages to 1 or 2.
In addition to the above measures, you can survive a long-haul flight if you get on board with a positive attitude. View the flight as a much-needed break, that will enable you to catch your breath before the next adventure begins at your destination.