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For some, there’s nothing more uncomfortable than an international flight. Not only do you have to pack more, suffer more delays, make more connections – but given the length of the flight – makes you even more tired and jet lagged when you get off. Then there are the screaming babies onboard, along with horrible airline food that only multiplies the suffering. So if you’ve got a long international flight coming up in your near future, here are some tips and tricks to make it a whole lot less painful, and perhaps even a little bit more enjoyable.
Don’t like your seat? Don’t worry, you’re not stuck to it. You’d be surprised how open people are on long flights to switching seats with you. You like theirs better, and they might like yours. It’s worth the ask.
A positive attitude can go a long way. Despite how arduous your international flight can be, the best thing you can do is focus on your state of mind. For example, simply recognizing that many people just don’t get the opportunity to get away, like you are able to now, should instil some gratitude.
When packing, don’t be one of these two people: The person that packs too much stuff, annoying his or her seat mates, or, the person that doesn’t pack enough and ends up asking others for their supplies. Remember, this is a trip that can last a day – even longer – so bring everything you use in a regular day.
Contrary to what you might have heard, eating anything you want along with ingesting a drunken sailor’s amount of alcohol does not make your flight more awesome. On a long flight, you’ll just end up being hung over in the air – which is the worst! Eat foods that are healthy, and low in sodium to avoid retention causing soreness in your legs and feet.
Sleep. It’s by far the best thing you can do on a long flight. If you’re a good sleeper, you can easily knock off half your trip and not even know it. Just make sure to pack an extra blanket and pillow, in addition to the one’s you’ll get on the plane.
Definitely bring your laptop. A long flight is the perfect time to craft your next 10 Instagram posts, work on that art project, or even take the time to write a thoughtful letter to the person you love. Why just sit there and be bored? Be creative instead.
For some reason, for some, air travel is a fashion show. People wear all sorts of things that look great, but they know full well, aren’t comfortable at all. The best fashion advice for a plane, ladies: leave the stilettos at home, wear comfortable pants, and make sure to layer so you’re not too hot, or cold.
This might be a no-brainer, but we’re living in a digital age so bringing the right gear is of the utmost importance here. An iPad for your own choice of movies, your favorite music, a laptop to get some work done. Even some good quality noise cancelling headphones can be a sanity saver for you on such a long flight.
We’re all so busy these days. And many of us, love to read but don’t have the time. What could be more perfect than a long flight to start and finish that novel you’ve been dying to read, but just don’t have the time for.