Do you love going on holiday but hate taking the long-haul flight to get there? Flying is a normal part of modern day travel and as we explore more of the world, flights get longer... and longer... and longer! Here are some of our top tips to help make your next long-haul flight a little better!
Flying is an incredible human invention. You can travel around the world to some of the most remote places in existence. However, this does mean that you will spend at least a full day (and possibly night) in the air and in very cosy conditions. For the memories you'll make it is definitely worth it, but here's a list of tips to try and make your next long-haul experience as pleasant as possible.
Comfort is key
The best dressed don't win any prizes on long-haul flights, so be sensible and grab your comfiest, baggiest pants, a pair of sliders and that baggy jumper from the back of your wardrobe that you never thought would see the light of day again! If you think about it, you're going to be sitting in the same seat for 16 hours, maybe longer. The last thing you want is to be squished in an already confined space in your tightest pair of jeans! They may look good but as soon as you and your fellow passengers take your seats, no one could care less what you're wearing. Loose-fitting layers are the way to go. Not only will the layers keep that cabin chill at bay when the temperature drops, but loose fitting clothes will also help reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis, a condition which is aggravated by sitting in cramped positions for long periods of time. Keep the tight jeans in your case and you'll be the one laughing when the destination is finally reached! What's more, a folded cardigan or scarf can always act as extra cushioning when your travel cushion just doesn't seem to be doing the job at 4am in the morning.
Take your own snacks
Airport food is expensive and well plane food is ? plane food. Need I say more? Unless you're lucky enough to be flying first class, you're going to be stuck with a vacuum packed lasagna, that's more than likely accompanied by a dry piece of bread. By the time you get to your desert (if you're lucky it will be a brownie) it will taste like the most heavenly thing you've ever eaten. It's a rather sad state of affairs. However, if you take your own snacks you can avoid both the disappointment of plane food and the hunger pangs that are sure to strike through the night and leave your belly rumbling louder than the plane engines when everyone around you is trying to sleep. To ward off those hunger pangs and satisfy those midnight munchies, just pack some of your favourite snacks!
It's not just the kids who get ants in their pants when you've got to sit in the same spot for up to 16 hours (maybe even longer!). We all know that numb bum feeling and the more you try to sit still and ignore it, the more you need to move! To some people 16 hours of sitting down and doing absolutely nothing sounds like heaven, but even the most relaxed and sedentary among us can become restless on a long-haul flight. Sitting still and long periods of time with reduced oxygen levels contributes to swollen limbs, dehydration, headaches and the risk of deep vein thrombosis is increased. To try and reduce the symptoms of long haul flights, try incorporating some gentle exercise into your journey: get up for a walk, stretch your legs, do some unintrusive armchair aerobics. Better still, if you can, engage in regular exercise on the run up to the flight to help regulate your bodily functions and to help you to feel in top form; moderate exercise is the way to go as too much and flying will hamper your recovery, too little and you'll be that restless that you're climbing the walls.
Take your own reusable water bottle and fill it up once you're through security. You will need more than one bottle of water throughout your journey but taking your own will at least save you a bit of money and will make you proactively try to reduce your levels of dehydration. The air in your cabin is three times drier than the Sahara Desert, so make sure you do everything you can to help avoid and reduce the symptoms of dehydration: drink water, limit your intake of salty foods and alcohol, and keep your skin hydrated by either packing a travel sized moisturizer or hydrating face mist. Why don't you even pack a hydrating face mask. You've got the time, you might as well make the most of it!