Undeniably the worst part of international travel: the long haul flight. You’re trapped in a cramped seat with little room to stretch your legs, next to a complete stranger, while the baby a few rows back decides to bless the cabin with the sound of its people.
So whether you’ve done it a handful of times, or gearing up for your first far away adventure, these tips are bound to help make the experience a tad more bearable.
Wear Comfortable Clothes
You’ll always get those few people who get dressed to the nines, heels and skinny jeans, to board their 12 hour flight at five in the morning. But for most of us, comfort is key. Layer it up so you won’t get stuck being too cold or too hot, and bring a pair of fuzzy socks to change into once on the plane!
Bring A Big Scarf
My in-flight must have! A big scarf can double as a blanket, or can be tucked into the back of the seat in front of you with the other end behind your head to provide a little privacy while you snooze.
Pack Things To Keep You Busy
If your airline doesn’t have in-flight entertainment, you’ll need to make sure you have enough to keep you occupied. Load up all your electronics with movies, books, music and games to beat the boredom.
Make Sure Everything Is Charged
There’s nothing worse than being halfway through an episode of your favourite TV show, when your laptop or iPad dies and suddenly you’ve got 7 more hours of flying to get through with no entertainment! Some long-haul flights have USB charging points so you can recharge, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
The air inside the airplane cabin is super drying, and can really mess with your skin. Creating a little skincare pack with moisturiser, face wipes, eye cream, and lip balm to keep in your carry on is the perfect way to combat the environment.
Choose Your Seat Where Possible
The last thing you want is to have finally dozed off, and the person next to you suddenly needs to get up and use the bathroom. If you plan on sleeping most of the flight, it pays to pick the window seat when booking your flight. If you’re someone who needs to get up and stretch your legs often, your best bet is the aisle seat to avoid disturbing sleeping neighbours.
I used to think that you weren’t allowed to bring any kind of food in your carry on bags, but then one day I was sat next to a guy with what seemed to be an endless supply of granola bars and nuts crammed into his backpack. Now I’ve realised you can bring pretty much any food so long as its packaged, processed, and not in liquid or gel form.
Many people forget that you can take an empty water bottle through customs and security, and this definitely comes in handy when you’re waiting by your gate for 2 hours and you don’t want to pay $4 for a bottle from the little cafe. Most airports have drinking fountains, but they’re often a pain to drink from as they don’t supply a steady stream. And while it may take a few minutes to fill up your bottle, it is 100% worth it to be able to take a proper drink. You can even take your now filled water bottle on to the plane!
Sit Back And Relax!
Time to bring out the book you’ve been meaning to finish, or pop on that eye-mask and sleep the flight away. Whatever you choose to do, it’s got to be better than being at work, right?