We all know flying is by far the worst part of travelling. After that initial rush of excitement of getting to the airport, about half an hour into the flight the buzz tends to wear off and then it’s just you and that long, uncomfortable plane ride. After spending over 100 hours on long plane rides, I can tell you that there is no way to make flying more ‘enjoyable’, but perhaps this post will help you find the plane journey somewhat better than it is.
So here are my tips to help you SURVIVE a long flight!
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COMFORT. The key to flying: be comfy! There’s no need to wear those ridiculously high heels and skintight jeans on a long international flight – they will suck the life out of you. If it’s important to have them for the destination, keep them in your carry-on and get changed into them at your destination – that way they’ll be nice and fresh when you get off at the other end.
Try and stick to basics. Throw on those leggings, a jumper, a scarf and some Converse/thongs. Trust me, you will be so much more comfortable and relaxed on the plane. Make sure to throw in some warm bed socks in your carry-on as well. You don’t need to look your best, just go for comfort. I mean, the chance that you’ll be sitting next to Ryan Gosling on your flight isn’t too likely!
ENTERTAINMENT. Try and keep the brain occupied with something, rather than counting down the hours until the plane lands – time will pass by a lot quicker! Get some magazines, travel guides and a good novel if you like to read. Otherwise, watch some TV shows, movies and play some inflight games. Another idea is to try and learn some basic words of a new language – load the lessons onto your iPod!
FOOD + DRINK. Make sure you keep hydrated – bring a water bottle onto the plane! Bring some snacks to keep your energy levels up and to treat yourself.
KEEP ACTIVE. I know, it seems pretty insane to say ‘keep active’ when talking about sitting, strapped up to a tiny seat, on a 10+ hour plane ride. But every now and then, try to keep your body moving throughout the flight. Whether it is with those inflight exercises they provide on the back of the entertainment brochure, or going for a stroll up and down the aisle, it will keep the blood flowing and leave you feeling better.
SLEEP. Some people find it very hard to sleep on planes, but if you’re one of those people who can do it without a hassle – EMBRACE IT. For a little help on trying to doze off in between the loud passengers and turbulence, try putting in some earphones and block out the world. I like to make a nice playlist of chilled music to help me fall asleep – with the likes of Bon Iver, Angus and Julia Stone, Daughter and Jose Gonzalez. Also, use the blankets and neck pillow if it helps too!
REFRESH. Brush your teeth, wash your face & Dettol your hands – keep yourself feeling fresh!
KEEP POSITIVE. You’ll be there soon enough!