How to Stay Comfortable on a Long Haul Flight


Monday, September 25, 2017/4:36 PM/ FDC

The amount of time spent in the air – approximately 33,000 feet above sea level for a 16– 30 hour flight - might feel like time spent in limbo. However, a long flight doesn’t necessarily mean suffering. When travelling a long distance, you might as well sit back, relax and make the most of the trip. Here are tips to make your long economy flight an enjoyable experience:

Book your tickets and check in early

Booking your flights early and online gives you a better chance of securing your favourite seat. Most travellers prefer sitting next to the window to have something to lean against when sleeping and also for the amazing sky view. Another favourite, is the aisle seat as you have the freedom to stretch your legs

Wear comfortable clothes

Wear clothes that are extremely comfortable like loose fitted shirts, comfortable jeans, jumpsuits, sneakers, and sweaters. Remember to bring layers and a pair of socks to keep warm and cosy when it gets chilly.

Take your own snacks

Once you are in the air, it takes about 40 minutes before the cabin crew brings out the food and drinks which is not much. On a long-haul flight, you want to be able to eat and snack according to your own schedule. It's important to stay well-nourished.

Bring a good travel pillow

A small portable neck pillow is an essential carry on item for long distance travellers. This can make a huge difference when it comes to sleeping well on the plane. Invest in an inflatable travel pillow that can be deflated and fits easily into your carry-on bag. Horseshoe shaped pillows that circle your neck are typically preferable for better comfort.

Drink water and hydrate your skin

It is easy to get dehydrated on a long-haul flight as the airplane environment tends to get very dry, combined with the high altitude (usually over 10,000ft). In order to keep headaches, dehydration and fatigue away, bring an empty water bottle through airport security, and fill up before you board. Instead of downing a litre of water at once, try to take small sips every 10 minutes. You can also bring along coconut water or Emergen-C packs to strengthen immunity as well as restore lost electrolytes. Try to avoid alcohol and caffeine as they make the dehydration struggle worse.

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