Long-haul flights can be both exciting and exhausting. As a frequent traveler, I’ve experienced the joys and challenges of long journeys in the skies, and let me tell you that sometimes it can be challenging.
In this article, I’ll share my top 10 travel hacks to make your next long-haul flight a breeze. From staying comfortable to maximizing productivity, these tips have helped me, and they will also help you to arrive at your destination feeling more refreshed and ready to explore.
Going on some long-haul flights? Follow these travel tips!
1. Choose the Right Seat Strategy
Choosing the right seat can make a world of difference during a long-haul flight. Opt for an aisle seat if you prefer more legroom and easy access to the bathroom.
This is my preferred seat arrangement… except if I want to have a first glimpse of my destination from the sky, like in the case of my trip to the Maldives.
If you enjoy the view and even want to avoid disturbance from other passengers during your flight, a window seat is ideal.
Of course, for those seeking extra comfort and having the trip budget to do it, consider upgrading to premium economy or business class for added legroom, better food and amenities.
2. Dress for Comfort
Wearing comfortable clothing is essential for surviving a long flight. I usually opt for loose-fitting and breathable fabrics that allow for ease of movement.
Remember that layering is key, as temperatures can fluctuate onboard. I have done flights where the A/C was in a super low mode!
Depending on the company you are flight with, normally a lightweight travel blanket is given to you, but why not bring a cozy pair of socks for added comfort during rest periods?
3. Stay Hydrated
Airplane cabins tend to be dry, so staying hydrated is crucial throughout the flight. Drink plenty of water and avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption, which can further dehydrate you. Consider bringing an empty refillable water bottle to fill up after security checks, ensuring hydration is at your fingertips throughout the journey.
4. Beat Jet Lag with Sleep Aids
If crossing multiple time zones, getting quality sleep onboard can help combat jet lag. Consider using sleep aids such as eye masks, neck pillows, and noise-cancelling headphones to create a peaceful sleep environment.
Natural “remedies” like camomile tea can also help induce relaxation and promote sleep. Bring your tea bag onboard and just ask for hot water.
5. Pack a Travel Essentials Kit
Create a travel essentials kit to have all your must-haves within reach. Include lip balm, hand sanitizer, moisturizer, earplugs, hair brush, and a toothbrush and toothpaste.
Remember to pack a small selection of toiletries for freshening up. I always feel so much better when I wash my face and teeth and put on some moisturizing cream before landing.
6. Entertainment Delight
Long flights can offer ample downtime, so make sure you have plenty of entertainment options. Load up your electronic devices with movies, TV shows, or audiobooks. Most of the biggest companies offer onboard entertainment TV, but you never know… I have heard of cases when the system went down.
Bring a good book or a travel journal for those moments when you want to disconnect from screens and engage in some offline entertainment. This will also help you to sleep better.
7. Snack Smartly
While airlines usually provide meals, it’s good to pack healthy snacks to keep you fueled throughout the flight. Choose snacks that are easy to pack, non-perishable, and nutritious, such as nuts, dried fruits, or energy bars.
This ensures you have something delicious and satisfying to munch whenever hunger strikes.
8. Stretch and Move
Sitting for long periods can lead to stiffness and discomfort. Combat this by stretching and moving around regularly during the flight. Take short walks up and down the aisle, do simple stretches at your seat, and perform ankle and wrist rotations to improve circulation and prevent muscle tightness.
On one of my latest long-haul flights, I didn’t follow this advice and arrived with super swollen ankles… even got a bit scared about it!
9. Pre-Order Special Meals
If you have dietary restrictions or preferences, consider pre-ordering a special meal when booking your ticket. Airlines often provide vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or kosher meals.
Not only does this ensure you have a meal tailored to your needs, but it also allows you to be served before the general meal service, allowing for more uninterrupted rest or productivity time.
10. Time Management for Productivity
Long flights can be an opportunity to catch up on work or personal tasks. Make the most of this time by planning ahead. Create a to-do list and organize files or documents on your electronic devices. Prioritize tasks that don’t require an internet connection, such as writing, brainstorming, or organizing.
Utilize airplane mode on your device to finally minimize distractions and maximize productivity.
Afraid of lost luggage? Don’t forget to do a travel insurance.
Long-haul flights no longer have to be daunting or uncomfortable experiences. Following these top travel hacks can transform your journey into a pleasant and productive adventure.
So, happy travel and enjoy the exciting destinations that await you!
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