Long haul flights can be rough for new or experienced travelers. Prior to visiting Greece, the longest direct flight I’ve ever been on was at most five hours. It’s kind of weird the first time around, but flying on long international flights gets easier for me the more I do it. In addition to bringing my long haul flight essentials, here are some travel tips on how to survive long flights in economy class.
Stay Hydrated – Drink Water!
Staying hydrated is one of the most important to surviving a long flight. With recirculated air, carbonated drinks, and food full of sodium, you can leave a flight feeling dehydrated. To stay hydrated, drink herbal tea, water (you can refill at the airport with an empty bottle), eat dried or fresh fruits, salads, and vegetables.
Keep Your Electronics Charged
In-flight entertainment isn’t always entertaining so bring a tablet or laptop so you don’t get bored. If you don’t have a portable charger, see if your plane has in-seat power outlets or USB ports for individual entertainment systems.
Get Some Rest
The one thing I DO appreciate about long flights is I get to sleep more. My doctor wanted to prescribe sleeping aids, but on the way to Shanghai, I slept for 10 or 11 hours. Sleeping also helps prepare your body for the new time zone to avoid jet lag, As long as I had a blanket and travel pillow, I was fine.
Get an Aisle Seat to Stretch
A great tip on how to survive long flights is to choose the right seat. I personally prefer the aisle if it is a 7+ hour flight. If you plan on getting up often to stretch, choose an aisle seat. I don’t suggest doing yoga in the middle of the plane, but it is good to get up and out of your seat periodically to stretch your legs.
If you can’t move around or just prefer a window seat, do in-seat foot pumps or ankle rolls. This helps prevent Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) (blood clots).
Upgrade if Necessary
I love traveling, but it’s tough to survive long flights in economy. If you have the money (or the status), upgrade to First class or Business class. Some airlines offer reclining, flatbed or angled seats, private suites and even showers! Sometimes you just want to be more comfortable and there’s nothing wrong with that.
What tips do you have on how to survive long flights in economy?