Long-haul flights Tips
Now, if you’ve never been on a long haul flight, it is a very different experience to short haul. You automatically get that little bit more leg room which helps a lot! There is always entertainment on board, with movies, TV shows, music and games to keep you amused.
Most excitingly -the food!
On most long haul flights you will be presented with a menu and get the choice of two or three different meals, as well as snacks and drinks throughout the flight if required.
- Bring Mints and/or chewing gum – you can be up there for a long time, and it just helps to keep your breath fresh (and also to reduce pressure in your ears if they pop).
- A big scarf is always handy to use as a blanket. Not all airlines give out blankets anymore, so you don’t want to be stuck.
- Make sure you are wearing comfortable clothes. Your flight is going to be a long one, you could have stop overs, delays and then transfers once landed, you need to be comfy!
- Pick your seat well. If you don’t like getting up, window seats are probably best for you. If you like moving around, make sure to get an aisle seat. If you want that extra leg room, get a seat on the exit rows. Most airlines will allow you to check in further in advance for long haul flights, check with your individual airlines.
- Read up on exercises you can do to avoid the risk of developing DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) you can find some here.
- As much fun as it sounds, free drinks aren’t always a good idea. Too much alcohol at altitude can actually make you feel ill, which is no fun on an aeroplane! Ensure you stay hydrated by drinking as much water as possible.
- A travel pillow, eye mask and ear plugs are going to be your new best friends. You can’t guarantee who you will be sitting next to or near, and this way you can shut yourself off from the rest of the plane and get those much needed zzz’s.
- Headphones – this is a must if you want to utilise the inflight entertainment. Some airlines will charge you for the privilege of forgetting your own. We also read somewhere that they repackage theirs… you didn’t hear it from us.
- Lastly, use the time to pamper yourself! Ladies, take all make up off so your skin can breathe and indulge in a face mask. You can pop a sheet mask in your carry on to help replenish the moisture into your skin from the flight. Then use some moisturiser afterwards to ensure you are fully nourished.
Lastly, always ensure you have your travel insurance in place before flying. This will give you the peace of mind you need in order to relax fully on the flight as well as the holiday itself.
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