Strategies for surviving your next long-haul flight

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Flying can be tiring, especially when it’s a long-haul flight. But it doesn’t have to be unbearable. 

With a little bit of preparation and some handy tips, you can make your next long-haul flight more endurable and maybe even enjoyable. Time to arrive at your destination feeling fresh and relaxed!

Choose the right seat

When it comes to long-haul flights, the key to survival is comfort. And the best way to ensure comfort is to choose the right seat.

There are a few things to keep in mind when selecting your seat: first, think about your needs. If you need extra legroom, choose a seat towards the front of the plane. If you want to be close to the lavatories, then pick a seat in the middle or back of the plane.

Second, take into account your personal preferences. Some people prefer to be near the window, while others find it claustrophobic. Some people like to be near the aisle so they can get up and stretch more easily, while others prefer not to have anyone climbing over them during the flight.

Third, consider your travel companions. If you’re traveling with someone else, make sure you select seats that are comfortable for both of you to interact and communicate.

Stay hydrated on board

Water, water, water. It’s the key to staying hydrated during your flight and any time you’re traveling.

When you’re on a long-haul flight, your environment is incredibly dry, and that can zap the moisture from your skin and leave you feeling dehydrated.

Drinking plenty of fluids will help counteract that, so make sure to bring a refillable water bottle with you on board. You can also ask the flight attendant for a cup of water, or purchase a bottle in-flight. Keep sipping on fluids throughout your flight; you will feel better hydrated and comfier overall.

Bring activities for mental stimulation

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Don’t underestimate the importance of mental stimulation during long-haul flights. It may not seem like much but it can help keep you engaged and entertained throughout the flight.

You could bring a good book or puzzles to work on. There’s also usually a good selection of movies available on flights, and some airlines even offer virtual reality headsets to help pass time. Whatever activity you choose, make sure it’s something that will keep your attention for hours at a time.

If you like listening to music or podcasts, then bring along your headphones and create your favorite playlists before you take off. Not only will it give your mind something to focus on but the music can also help reduce travel anxiety.

You could even try learning a new language if you have enough time—download an app like Duolingo for offline use and you’re all set!

Make sure to get sufficient rest before your flight

Lastly, get yourself well-rested before take-off. Sure, the idea of catching up on some sleep onboard sounds awesome, but those little airplane seats are far from comfy for many, and sleeping in them can be challenging.

To get a good night’s sleep before a long flight, create a bedtime ritual and stick to it for a week. Turn off all electronics an hour before bedtime, read a book to help you wind down, and keep your bedroom quiet and dark. Also make sure to limit caffeine, alcohol, and sugar intake before going to bed as this can impact your ability to fall asleep quickly and stay asleep.

You could also try out some relaxing breathing exercises or meditation practices right before going to sleep. This can help calm your mind and body so that you’re better able to relax and more likely to get yourself tuned into the restful zone while onboard.

As we close, know that long-haul flights don’t have to be as bad as you think. By following the abovementioned simple tips, you can make your next long-haul flight more bearable. And who knows, you might even enjoy it!

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