How To: Survive A Long-Haul Flight

Long-Haul flights can be an awful experience, but with this guide you can turn it into a fun, memorable experience. You don't need to shell out more money just to enjoy your flight, follow these simply tips and see how much better your next flight can be! Learn How To: Survive A Long-Haul Flight

As we all know, long-haul flights can be awful and just dreaded by most people. I have been on my fair share of 8 hour+ flights and have compiled a list that I think will make your next flight a little more tolerable. personally, I love flying! Lets learn how to Survive A Long-Haul Flight

Before Flight

  • Immune system booster
    • One week leading up to your flight start taking an immune system booster. Whether that is something like VitaminC pills or something like AirBorn is up to you.
  • Online Check-In
    • 24 hours before your flight you can check-in online. This will allow you two major benefits:
      • By checking-in online it means you can go to the “bag drop-off” line at the airport which will save you SO much time!
      • Usually (not always) if you check-in online before your flight you have the option of changing your seat. You can either:
        • look for an isle with more open seats and switch there to have more room
        • or
        • You can upgrade to an economy plus seat for cheaper (More leg room!)

Carry On Essentials

  • Entertainment

    • Laptop with lots of movies downloaded on it.
    • Paperback book (E-reader is better).
  • Supplies

    • Neck pillow
      • Personally, I hate neck pillows. But I know a lot of people swear by them, so personal preference on this one!
    • Thick socks or slippers
    • Sleeping pill or melatonin
      • ONLY if it is a PM flight.
      • Can also use chamomile tea that is provided on the flight.
    • Snacks
      • Keep them light and healthy!
      • The airline will provide meals and snacks, but if your flight is delayed or you experience turbulence your meal times can get pushed back (I have experienced both).
  • Toiletries

    • Keep them travel size! Check the security standards at your local airport.
    • Face mask
      • Apply a moisturizing face mask right before you go to sleep on the flight.
    • Do not wear makeup!
    • Deodorant
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • (Never used) Contact containers
      • Put a small size of face cleanser and moisturizer.
      • Use 30 minutes before you land .
    • Small amount of makeup
      • Put on 30 minutes before you land.
      • Only if you’re going somewhere after you land.
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Eye drops
    • Hand cream
    • Chapstick
      • My favorite is Aquaphor.

How To Fight Jet Lag

  • Hydration
    • Drink soo much water!
    • Applies to during and after flight.
  • Eat meals only at proper times for your destination (also applies to after you land).
    • If you land late at night, do not eat! Wait until the morning.
  • Sleep on the plane only if it’s night time where you’re going.
  • Coffee, coffee, coffee!!
    • Use caffeine to stay awake when you land (If applicable).
  • No heavy meals the day after your flight.

General Tips

  • International flights check in at the airport 3 hours prior to flight.
  • Domestic flights check in at the airport 2 hours prior to the flight.
  • Avoid the free alcohol on the flight.
    • Dehydration will increase jet lag.
    • Alcohol can disrupt your sleep.
  • Walk around as often as you can on the flight!
    • Your legs are going to swell on the flight.
    • Can also wear compression socks to help with this.
  • Eye mask, earplugs and a blanket will be provided by the airline.
  • Stretch before and during the flight.
    • Increases circulation.
    • Decreases stiffness (makes you much more comfortable).
  • Moisturize your nostrils and eyes during flight.
    • Eyes can get incredibly dry and itchy on flights.
    • Nose bleeds are very common from dehydration on flights.
  • Wear comfortable clothes
    • PLEASE do this!
    • Layer, it will be cold on the flight!
  • Get an isle seat if you can
    • It’s super awkward to have to try and climb over someone sleeping so you can go to the bathroom!
  • If you can’t afford the upgrade to economy plus seating try and get a seat in the exit isle, they have more leg room than normal rows.