This year I have flown over 70,000 miles and counting. I spend a lot of time on planes and thought I would share my 8 tips for surviving a long flight. Let’s be honest and say as much as we all love traveling the flight to the destination is probably not our favorite part of our trip.
Thankfully there are things we can do to prepare for these flights and make the best of them. These are my top tips for surviving a long flight. I can’t make the flight any faster and I can’t make the economy seats any more comfy but hopefully I can help you pass the hours away in a little bit of comfort.
1. Charge everything before you go and bring your chargers with you!
Charge every device you may possibly want to interact with during your flight. Depending on the flight you may or may not have an inflight entertainment system or other amenities. You may not know until you board the plane what amenities your flight is going to have. To make sure you are ready charge everything you can before you leave for your flight. Pack your USB chargers just in case the plane has an in seat charging system and you can charge along the way. There is nothing worse than hitting the half way point of your flight and your iPad starts to show the red battery icon and slowly turns off.
2. Wear comfy clothes or pack them with you
I pack a set of clothes to sleep in on the plane. When I am ready to sleep I change clothes and try to trick my body to think that it is time for bed. Before getting off the plane I change back into my travel gear and prep for the day ahead. Having comfy clothes makes getting some sleep a little bit better and at least more comfortable.
3. Pack snacks
Pack a snack bag with your favorite treats. While they do have inflight meals and snacks on most long haul flights you also don’t get a huge variety of choices. I always seem to get hungry when there is no service and have to wait hours to be fed. Having a snack bag will make it easier to fuel up for the long flight. Plus when you are just tired and cranky sometimes a bit of chocolate helps smooth out the moment.
4. Bring a water bottle
I try and pick up a water bottle at the gift store before boarding the flight. You can also bring an empty water bottle with you but make sure it is empty before going through security. It never fails that the moment I am thirsty or have a tickle in my throat and need water is the time when there is no one around and the person next to me is sound asleep. To prevent having to wake up the person next to you and to make life a little easier having a bottle of water with you is a great idea!
5. Pack a scarf or wrap
If you get cold these are perfect to wrap around you. They also work as pillows and arm cover in case you have a hairy ape next to you that keeps getting closer and closer..not that I have had that happen at all…..
6. If you take birth control pills pre-schedule your phone to vibrate at the correct time
Plan ahead so you know which time zone you will be in and don’t have to worry about missing your pills. For the plane you can keep your phone on your home time zone until you land so you don’t miss a pill or set it up with a world clock and home clock.
Pack lotion or facial cream and liberally apply it before you fall asleep. Make sure you pack a lotion bottle that is less than 3.4 ounces so you can bring it through security.
8. Pack tissues
It never fails that your nose starts running and you have no tissues or napkins anywhere near you. Or the person next to you spills a bit of their beverage and it is dripping down your leg. Having a package of tissues can help make life a lot nicer during a long flight.
What are your best tips for surviving a long flight?