How to survive long-haul flights

Do you lead a jet-set lifestyle? If you have a serious case of wanderlust, there’s just no way of avoiding long-haul flights. These journeys are the bane of every tourist’s existence since they can be exhausting and, frankly, a little uncomfortable.

If you’re all set for your next big journey, there’s something you should know first. If you want to make the most of (and even enjoy!) your flight, here are some tips and hacks that will work miracles.

Take ‘sleep gear’ with you

Trust us, you will want to sleep when you’re on a plane for hours on end. That’s why you need to be prepared in advance. Make sure that you have things with you that will make the journey a little more cozy. For example, investing in a quality eye mask, some earplugs, and a neck pillow is the best way forward. These little extras will make all the difference.

Make sure you move around

Sitting for hours and hours is unhealthy. You’ve probably heard this before now, but you’re at risk of thrombosis when you’re on a long-haul flight. That’s why you absolutely need to get up and move around when you can. Take lots of bathroom breaks and just walk the length of the aisle too.

Take the cleaning essentials

After a while, you will start to feel sticky and uncomfortable. One of the best things you can do is take cleaning essentials. A travel toothbrush, some baby wipes, and some dry shampoo may be all you need to feel human again.

Drink as much water as possible

Staying hydrated is essential when you’re flying. Be sure to drink a whole load of water when you’re in the air. Avoid things like tea, coffee, and alcohol, as they can make you dehydrated, which is the last thing you need. Instead, you should stick to plain old water or soft drinks.

Talk to people along the way!

Finally, here’s one of the best tips we can give you. Make some friends. If you’re sitting next to people, don’t be afraid to talk to them. When you’re flying alone, it’s easy to get lonely. The more you socialize and chit-chat, the less you will have to think about the flight itself. Genius. 

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