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In this article we are going to share some tips on how to survive a long flight. These days there are direct flights half way around the world, which is great, but it means flights are longer than ever. So we’re going to share with you guys 10 tips on how to survive a flight, and maybe even enjoy it.
Number 1: rest before you go.
One of the simplest ways to improve your travel experience is to make sure you’re well rested before you take off. Even better, the night before you fly adjust your watch to local time at your destination to help your body get adjusted.
Number 2: upgrade your seat.
Now most of us can’t afford business class, but a lot of airlines offer premium economy, which you can upgrade to using cash or frequent flyer miles. But it never hurts to go to the gate agent with a smile & ask if there are any extra seats in the emergency row. Thank you. Enjoy your flight.
Number 3: once you’re on board, get comfortable.
Take anything out of your back pack that you might need, like headphones, water bottle, or a book, and then store your bag in the overhead compartment, not down below. Trust me, you’re going to want the extra leg room. To get extra comfy, take your shoes off because cabin pressure affects your circulation.
Number 4: dress right.
Airplanes get really cold, and a lot of them don’t even give you a blanket. They left me with no blanket! So you need to dress warm and wear layers. Jacket, scarves and wool socks are a great call, but leave your skinny jeans at home unless you want a ten hour wedgie. Ten hour wedgie? No thank you!
Number 5: pack good gear.
Little things can make a big difference. If you plan to sleep, eye shades, neck pillow and ear plugs are crucial and easy to pack. Noise cancelling headphones are great, as are Kindles and tablets. Just make sure you charge everything and download any videos, podcasts, or ebooks you want before you fly.
Number 6: pass the time.
Nowadays, most airlines offer free entertainment, be it movies, music, or TV. But sometimes you’ve got to pay. Now on a long flight that might be worth it, but you can always use the time for some distraction-free reading. Maybe get a little bit of work done? Or you could always read that weird little magazine they put in the seat back pocket.
Number 7: eat and drink right.
Long flights usually have food included. So choose carb-rich foods if possible. They’re high in insulin and will help you adjust to jet lag. Stay hydrated by bringing your own water bottle. You can get the flight attendants to fill this up in the galley. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, if possible, but if you do imbibe, you can use these kits to turn a well drink into a craft cocktail.
Number 8: befriend the flight crew.
Flight attendants have a tough job dealing with hundreds of people, and they usually just get bitched at. So a little bit of kindness can go a long way. You can chat them up when you’re waiting for the bathroom and remember to always say please and thank you because chances are they may have a spare meal or a glass of wine that they’ll give you if you are nice.
And if all else fails, you can always bribe them with chocolate.
Number 9: move around.
Flying is not natural. It impedes your circulation, which can lead to deep vein thrombosis. It doesn’t sound fun. Avoid this by taking a lap around the airplane or doing some simple exercises.
Number 10: arrive fresh.
Wash your face, brush your teeth, maybe even change your shirt. Little things can go long way to helping you hit the ground running. Well those are our tips. What are yours? meantime, stay curious, keep exploring, and we’ll see you guys on the road. Peace.