LONG FLIGHT HACKS

Long Flight Hacks

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lying can be an exciting experience, but embarking on a long flight can be daunting!

Since long flights can be a challenge, we’ve pulled together our top ways to:

Stay entertained, Beat jet lag, Fly happy and healthy, and maybe even Relax on your long flight!

The key to coming out on the other side feeling just about as good as you felt before you took off, comes down to the basics. Traveling smart is especially important on a long flight. Who wants to land with jet lag and travel fatigue? 

You want to focus on having all of your essentials covered so that your 6+ hour flight melts away in no time.

Top Long Flight Travel Hacks :

Long Flight Travel Hacks: Tip 1

FLY SMART, CHOOSE YOUR AIRLINE WISELY:

Not all flights and airlines are created equal. Make sure to do a bit of research into the airline you are flying on to ensure that you are getting the best.

The size of the plane, amenities, and service all matter. When you are traveling for an extended period, skimping on what seem to be travel luxuries makes a big difference.

As a dual citizen, I have traveled between the USA and Europe many times. These days, I won’t skimp on ultra-budget seats unless I absolutely have to.

Long Flight Travel Hacks: Tip 2

Time Your Transfers

The key to coming out on the other side feeling just about as good as you felt before you took off, comes down to the basics. Traveling smart is especially important on a long flight. Who wants to land with jet lag and travel fatigue? You want to focus on having all of your essentials covered so that your 6+ hour flight melts away in no time.

If you have the opportunity to choose how long your transfers are, try to time them out so that you have just enough time to disembark, freshen up and grab some food.

For most airports, an hour and a half is a good amount of time to leave between your flights. An hour and half, is just enough time to grab a bite to eat, freshen up, and get to your next terminal.

In addition, it’s also a good idea look up how far apart your terminals are to gauge if you need extra time. Sprinting between gates isn’t a fun way to get some exercise. Not all airports are a joy to hang out in for hours so you may want to keep this time to a minimum without putting yourself in a time crunch.

Long Flight Travel Hacks: Tip 3

Sitting Pretty, Be Choosy With Your Seat

If it is in your budget, consider upgrading your ticket. Since you are going to be in one place for most of your trip, one of the best things you can do is give yourself a bit of extra comfort.

The size of the plane, amenities, and service all matter. When you are traveling for an extended period, skimping on what seem to be travel luxuries makes a big difference.

If extra leg room is important to youtry to shoot for one of the front rows or a seat near an emergency exit. If you land a spot in one of these seats, just be ready for a safety lecture.

Aisle seats are ideal for those who like to get up and stretch their legs or take frequent bathroom breaks. While window seats are perfect for those, who want to curl up and catch some zzz.

Long Flight Travel Hacks: Tip 4

Beat Jet Lag: Plan Your Sleep

Long Flight Travel Hacks: Tip 6

Travel Light: Check it 

Avoiding and overcoming jet lag is an individual thing. Typically a rough guideline is that it takes one day of recovery per time zone crossed.

To shorten my travel recovery time, I prep my body days in advance for the time shift.

For example, I will wake up and go to bed an hour earlier three to for days in advance and then two hours earlier two days in advance and so on.

While traveling, I also try to adapt to my destination time. So it is night, I will pop a sleeping aid, or if it is daytime, I will grab some extra coffee and only take short naps.

In general, sleeping on a plane is a good idea, but it can be tough. It is a good idea to get extra rest during the nights before your flight.

If you are one of the lucky ones, who can sleep well on a plane, lucky you! Rock on and catch up on sleep while you fly. Sleeping is one of the best ways to pass the time on a long flight.

Long Flight Travel Hacks: Tip 5

Find Your Fuel: Pre-Plan your Food 

Eating and drinking well will help you cope with the stress of travel. By eating food that is low in sugar, you can keep your body from feeling jittery and experiencing energy crashes. Look for unprocessed, nutritionally dense food for the best results.

You can’t always rely on airplane food to satisfy you, but do your best to pre-book a meal that suits your diet if you have the option.

Just like eating well, staying hydrated is critical to traveling well. Drinking lots water will help your body recover and fight off any germs you encounter while on the road.

Long Flight Travel Hacks: Tip 6

Travel Light: Check it 

Carrying more than you have to on a long flight is more stressful than useful. If you are on extra long trips, with any luck, you will be able to sleep for most of it.

So hanging on to entertainment or work items should be kept to a minimum. You don’t want to take up any of your precious leg room with un-useful things.

In my carry on you’ll find copies of my important documents, my passport, noise canceling headphones, a small toiletries case, my technology, antibacterial wipes, a neck pillow and an eye mask.

If I have an important event to go to when I land or another long connecting flight I will also pack a spare outfit to change into after the flight.

Long Flight Travel Hacks: Tip 7

Looking Good: Dress for the Occasion

Long Flight Travel Hacks

I am not one to sit for extended periods of time unless I have to. So on a long flight, I am certain to wear extra comfy clothing 

Look for items that are durable and will protect your skin. I layer my items, so I like to choose breathable, lightweight fabrics, so that am neither too hot or too cold.

I also like to bring some travel sized beauty products to freshen up while on the go.

Lastly, mind your footwear. Be sure to wear comfortable, supportive shoes that let your feet breathe. Your feet are your foundation, so its worth it to pick comfort over style in this case. I also like to bring an extra pair of socks so that I can keep my feet feeling fresh.

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Long Flight Travel Hacks: Tip 8

Beat The Boredom

If sleeping for your entire flight isn’t an option or you have trouble resting on a flight. Be sure to prep boredom fighting activities. Personally, I like to keep my activities technology based so that I can avoid carrying on too many items.

Though it can be a good idea to bring one or two items that aren’t tech based if you are an anxious flyer or get overstimulated by technology.

Parting Thoughts …

Thanks for reading! Let us know what you think of our tips to conquer a long flight and be sure to tell us if you have any other comments! : )

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