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 it gets easier the more it happens. In addition to bringing basic essentials, here are five long haul flight tips to keep in mind.
With recirculated air, carbonated drinks, and food full of sodium, you can leave a flight feeling dehydrated. To avoid this, drink herbal tea, water (you can refill at the airport with an empty bottle), and eat dried or fresh fruits, salads, and vegetables.
In-flight entertainment isn’t always entertaining so bring a tablet or laptop (check for restrictions) 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
I appreciate long flights because 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. As long as I had a blanket and neck pillow, I was fine.
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, do in-seat foot pumps or ankle rolls. This helps prevent Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) (blood clots).
Upgrade if Necessary
If you have the money (or the status), upgrade to First 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 are some other long haul flight tips for international travel?