How To Survive A 15 Hour Flight

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Heard the one about the guy who boarded a flight at LAX he thought was going to Oakland, and ended up in Auckland, New Zealand instead? Well, it was no joke. But, plenty of travelers INTENTIONALLY take a 15 hour non-stop flight. Here are some ways to survive, even without getting the crummy T-shirt. And, that guy? He still had to get to Oakland…
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How To Survive A 15 Hour Flight

First thing to pack: Funky neck pillow. And ginormous Lone Ranger sleep mask. Enough said…
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How To Survive A 15 Hour Flight

Don’t drink the water: Not right away, at least. TSA rules aside, have at least a small bottle, even if it means buying one as soon as the drink cart comes around. Then hoard it like a pack mule trekking the Donner Pass…
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How To Survive A 15 Hour Flight

Avoid coffee: Obviously, it keeps you awake. Worse, it keeps you running to the wonderful lavatories found on all airplanes. Sometimes, you can actually sleep all the way through…
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How To Survive A 15 Hour Flight

Try for a window seat: It’s not just for the view. If you don’t drink too much, you can actually go 12 hours or more without… going. Why get up if you don’t have to?
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How To Survive A 15 Hour Flight

Wear a Tracksuit: And loose, comfortable shoes. It’s like wearing PJs and slippers on the street. And, it’s more than likely NOBODY knows you 15 hours away…
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How To Survive A 15 Hour Flight

Bring a long book: You know that in-flight Wi-fi promised in the ad? Down for maintenance. The AC outlet on the seat in front of you? Covered by electrical tape. The movie? “Entourage”… Yikes! Turns out, Ayn Rand was a pretty good Fiction writer, even if her philosophy was whacked…
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How To Survive A 15 Hour Flight

Charge up the laptop or tablet before you go: Don’t rely on a phone, download a few movies instead. Or, better yet, get started on that novel you’ve been talking about writing for the last 5 years…
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How To Survive A 15 Hour Flight

Bring an extra pack of tissues. They’re surprisingly versatile…
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How To Survive A 15 Hour Flight

Especially if you forgot to pack extra congestion/pain/allergy/relief medicine. And, oh yeah, don’t forget to pack extra congestion/pain/allergy/relief medicine…
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How To Survive A 15 Hour Flight

Walk around the cabin: It’s not weird on long flights. Unless you linger by the Emergency Door, mumbling things like “Did I forget to turn off the oven? Better double check…”
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How To Survive A 15 Hour Flight

Pack some light snacks: But, not the squishy kind. More like Trail Mix and some Beef Jerky. After all, this is a marathon…
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And, Finally…

Become best friends with the annoying passenger next to you. Seriously. You’d be surprised how nice people really are once you get to know them a little. And, just THINK of the alternative…
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