How to Survive a Long-Haul Flight
Thanks to the happening of human flight, we can now fly nonstop from Newark, New Jersey, to Singapore in just some hours. That also means people spend about a full day of their lives off the ground, in cruising height limbo, only to land with the kind of jet lag that eclipses fatigue. For some serious travelers, long-haul flights are an essential evil. We are not unknown to long-haul flights. You know them those heroic, day-long journeys through the clouds that get you from one side of the world to the other. You may even say I sniff them out on purpose. People have flown from New York City continuously to Australia’s Northern Territory, which needs connections in Los Angeles and Sydney, twice. Compared to that 25-hour haul (except layovers), a 15-hour journey to Johannesburg feels like a breeze. Unless you’re being cosseted in First Class, long-haul flights are no picnic, but there are some tricks to making the experience a bit more endurable.
Buy Your Ticket as Early as Possible
Waiting and hoping for that 20 dollars price drop, more often than not, is not worth the difficulty. Not only does buying primal give you peace of mind in the weeks and months leading up to your departure, but it also folds the likelihood that adequate seats remain open for you to pick where you want to sit whether you prefer to nestle up to a window, have easy entree to the aisle, or stretch your legs in an exit row. Wait till the last minute and chances are great that you (and your elbows) will be sandwiched into a dreaded middle seat. Regular flyer? The time to cash those miles in on an ascent is now.
Wear Your Most Comfortable Outfit
That tight blouse and skin-tight pair of jeans may make you feel like you’re 20 again, but trust us after sitting (and effort to sleep) in them for 15 hours, you will never want to look at that dress again. When it comes to long travel, bound to a “cozy-chic” dress code of neutral, loose-fitting layers you can move around in. Besides keeping comfortableness on a flight, you’ll also guard against deep vein thrombosis, a severe condition that’s intense when you sit in cramped positions for long periods.
Invest in A Good Travel Pillow, Earplugs, And Sleep Mask
The earplugs you always forget on a journey! but even on the first international carriers, these small conveniences never quite live up to their potential. (We can’t count how many times we’ve experienced through broken sleep-mask bands, pillows that immediately deflate, and earplugs that never quite stay in.) Get on a 12+ hour flight? It’s time to buy a good pair of moldable plugs that will stay in your ears. Sleep mask will make you feel silky and cute that you’re wearing, and a quality neck pillow must be one that gives comfort while also keeping your spine aligned, so you don’t wake up with a spasm in your neck. Memory foam works marvel.
Pack Your Headphones
Just imagine that you’re reaching cruising height and have that perfect movie lined up on your in-flight entertainment console. Your excavation for the headphones gives in your seat-back pocket, pop them on, and then it hits you thanks to those booming engines and crying toddler in the next row, you can’t comprehend a thing Tom Hanks is talking about onscreen. The solution is that bring your noise-canceling headphones. In any case, being cozier than those “one-size-fits-none” plastic contraptions, they help in blocking out white noise.
Take the Smallest Personal Item You Can
No matter how tall or truncated you are, when it comes to seated in the same seat for hours on end, every inch of legroom is divine. Don’t limit yours with a gratuitous large personal item, which you’ll be constrained to stow under the seat in front of you if you’ve also brought a carry-on aboard. Opt for a bag that’s various and soft, so you can squash it down if needed.
Get Your Snacks, Or Buy Some Before Boarding
One of the beauties of long-haul flights is how well you are fed often, at least 2 full meals and a mid-flight snack to curb your cravings are supplied. But what about when the lights are out, flight persons are nowhere to be found, and hunger pangs attack? What to do then? Be prepared with your food and a bottle of water particularly if you’re the type that craves salt.
Be Friendly to And Respectful of Your Seatmate
This may be self-explanatory, but be nice. Learn the regulations of the air unless you are in the middle seat, hog an interior armrest is a jerk move. Before moving your chair, glance back to make sure it won’t interrupt anyone, and whatever you do, don’t do it during meal service.
Do Not Wear Makeup
This is not a beauty contest. Your skin has adequate to deal with at 30,000 feet (dry cabin air; reduced blood flow) without making pore-clogging products into the mix. Rather, apply a serum and moisturizer to keep your skin glow.
Because planes are constantly refilled cabin air with the air outside, the levels of humidity in the plane cabins are comparable to what you’d find in a desert bone dry. The effects are there will be extreme dry that can dull your skin, and, if not addressed, dehydration leads to worse jet lag. It’s vital to drink a good amount of water about 8 ounces per hour, according to some experts.
Brush Your Teeth
Brush your teeth before dropping off and, if you want, use mouthwash and wash your face.
Get Up Every Few Hours to Keep the Blood Inflow
Pressurized cabins spell reduced oxygen for passengers and, over periods, symptoms due to reduced blood oxygen levels that include tiredness, headaches, swollen limbs, and dehydration. A good solution is stretching your limbs. Walk up and down the aisle to improve blood flow and practice some non-encroaching exercises in your seat, such as rolling your shoulders and rotating your ankles.