Top tips for surviving a long-haul flight

Whether you like flying or not, long haul flights can be an uncomfortable experience. I’ve put together some helpful tips and tricks to get you through the longest of flights and make your experience as pleasurable as possible!

1. Moisturiser

Plane air is pressurised, and therefore, ridiculously dry. It’s sure to drag any and all moisture out of your skin, no matter how good your skincare routine may be. To give your skin some much need TLC, pack a handy travel moisturiser as well as some lip balm, and reapply throughout the flight.

If you want to go the extra mile, you could even bring a face sheet mask to use just before you land, and ensure you step off the plane glowing and radiant.

2. Neck pillow

Plane seats (especially in economy), are not built for a restful night’s sleep. To maximise your chances of some shut eye, bring along a travel or neck pillow. Opt for one that blows up, or one that clips on to your bag, so that you can easily transport it with you wherever you go! While you’re at it, bring along some ear plugs and a sleep mask and slip into a gentle slumber.

3. Charging pack

This is always one of my essential items! Being slightly addicted to my phone, having enough charge is a constant stress. For a worry-free flight, ensure your devices are fully charged before you leave and that you have at least one spare charging pack with you.

4. Download films

Long haul flights are bound to bring boredom, so make sure you download your favourite film or TV programs to help you pass the time! If you’re lucky, the airline may provide a selection of the latest film releases for you to watch, but it’s always better to be on the safe side! Also, make sure you pack your own comfy headphone, so you don’t get stuck with the hard-plastic ones!

5. Snacks

Save yourself from paying extortionate prices and bring your own snacks with you or buy some in the terminal before boarding. Plane food isn’t always luxury, so satisfy your appetite with some of your favourite sweet treats!

Another tip is to bring along an empty water bottle and fill it up in the airport just before you board. Many flight attendants have warned that you should never drink tap water aboard a plane, as you can’t be sure how clean it is!

6. Ask for an upgrade

Those who don’t ask, don’t get. If you are feeling up to it, it’s always worth asking if there are any upgrades available at check in. The worst they can say is no! Ask politely and directly, dress neatly and check in early to maximise your chances of getting an upgrade!

7. Set your watch.

Another top tip is to set your watch to your destination’s local time and try to calibrate yourself to avoid jet lag. If it’s night-time at your destination, try to sleep on the plane, and vice versa. This will help you become psychologically aligned, and help you start your holiday on the best foot possible.

8. Get up every few hours

Make sure you move around regularly, and do small exercises, like rolling your shoulders and ankles, that keep your blood flowing. Pressurized cabins can cause swollen limbs, so its important to stretch regularly to lower the risk of blood clots!

Do you have any tips for surviving a long-haul flight? Let me know in the comments!

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