To some, sitting in a stuffy aircraft for 8-12 hours is what nightmares are made of, but flying long haul can also be a dream if you prepare a little in advance.
I am someone who loves flying, and the idea of being on a long haul flight strangely excites me. It’s a time to switch off, relax, and enjoy the ride. Plus, once its all over you’re at your holiday destination. Below are some tips to help make those many hours up in the air seem a little easier.
OK, a little easier said than done, but never be afraid to ask if there are any upgrades available when you check in. If you are a someone who likes to collect those points, cash them in for a seat in a higher class. Premium Economy can sometimes be an easy option and the leg room and service is similar to business class these days.
This website has floor plans for pretty much all airlines planes, and it can really benefit to map out where the best spot for you will be. A good tip is to always choose seats in the last section of the plane. From my experience, dependent on how full the flight is, it will always fill from the front first. This gives you a higher chance of a empty seat next to you, or even a whole row to yourself. Bliss!!
On most airplanes, humidity is between 12%-21%, compared to a outside standard of 60%-70%. This means keeping fluids up on a long haul flight is very important, and can also help to minimise jet lag when you get to your destination.
Drinking 1-2 glasses of water per hour will do the trick, and face water sprays are also a good idea. Just make sure when you are researching your seats on Seat Guru, it’s near a bathroom….
This might sound like its a contradiction to what I just said about keeping hydrated, but there is nothing wrong with a glass of wine or an icy cold beer during a flight. For long hauls, it can be very relaxing and help to get some sleep.
Early Check In
Holidays are a time to relax, and you don’t want to start it by rushing to the airport to catch a flight. It’s important to take into account traffic and the queues at both check in and immigration. Give yourself time, check in, sit down and have a good meal at the airport, and prepare for the flight ahead. Rushing is not what you want to be doing to begin your relaxing vacation.
This shouldn’t be a shock to anyone – wear something that you will be comfortable in for 10+ hours. Remember, it can get cold so wear loose layers, take a jumper and avoid denim. Avoid flip-flops, wear comfortable runners that you can also take off during the flight and leave jewellery in your hand luggage. Another good option is to take a spare set of clothes in your hand-luggage, and a change of clothes mid flight or at your stop over could leave you feeling relatively fresh.
Embrace The Entertainment
Look at it this way – for 8 hours you get free food, free drink and you can watch all the movies and TV Shows. Grab a glass of wine, sit back and just enjoy the entertainment on offer. If you aren’t someone who goes to the movies often, this is the perfect time to catch up on the latest releases or binge watch The Big Bang Theory. You will be surprised how quickly the time can pass this way.