Skip to main content

How to Survive a Long Haul Flight

Woohoo! The summer is nearly here, which means that it’s nearly time to pack our bags for vacation! I don’t know about you guys, but summer has been a long time coming this year! However, vacation time can sometimes mean eight hours cramped up in a stuffy aircraft cabin with nowhere to roam but the aisles, nothing to snack on by dull airplane food.

The journey is definitely not the destination when it comes to vacationing, unless you opt for any of these of course, but there are ways to make a long haul flight that bit more bearable - just read my top tips on cruising through the skies without a hitch, and your next flight will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on your vacation!

pexels-photo-26097.jpg
Photo from: https://www.pexels.com/photo/flight-sky-flying-airplane-26097/

Reserve a good seat
Some of us have our favorite seats on an airplane, some of us prefer the aisle, some the window (although none of us want that dreaded middle seat!). If you don’t want to be near children, choose a seat away from the front of the plane or partitions, as this is where most families will be seated. If you like legroom, choose seats at the exits, if you like to move around, indulge in some plane yoga or need to go to the toilet often, sit in the aisle to avoid climbing over people every hour.

Some airlines may not allow you to choose seats until you check in, and some may require you to pay to select your seat, but the advice is to get online as soon as check in opens and select your favorite place to sit.

Wear comfortable clothes
This is an obvious one, but too often I’ve boarded a ten-hour flight and seen girls in short skirts and tight tops and wondered how on earth they are going to be comfortable for the duration. For me, it’s all about leggings and layers and a big scarf that doubles up as a blanket when I need it. Between air conditioning and tiredness, it can get chilly inflight, so it’s always worth packing a baggy sweater to cozy up in as you snooze and watch movies. Fluffy socks are also a good call - nobody wants cold feet for hours on end!

flying-people-sitting-public-transportation.jpg
Photo from: https://www.pexels.com/photo/flying-people-sitting-public-transportation-2105/

Stay entertained
Although you will likely have a wealth of entertainment at your fingertips on a long haul flight, if you are already committed to a series or there is a certain movie you want to watch, why not take it with you? By downloading an app such as the Cinema Box HD app, you’ll be able to view your favorite shows on the go. Alternatively, if audiobooks help you to snooze or you are behind on a podcast you follow, ensure that your smartphone or tablet are stocked up with the necessities to get you through.

Stay hydrated
Planes are known for dehydrating your body and skin, so make sure you drink water little and often. Try to avoid too much tea, coffee or alcohol - even though the offer of free booze is always tempting, it wreaks havoc on your hydration levels. You will be able to take a bottle of water onto the plane with you, as long as you purchase it after security. Alternatively, travel with a reusable bottle which you can top up at water fountains in the terminal, on from the trolley when it makes its way down the aisles. This way, you will be able to drink when you want, rather than when the air hosts are doing their rounds. If your skin and eyes suffer, be sure to pack a travel-sized moisturizer and eye drops too.

plane.jpg
Photo from: https://www.pexels.com/photo/plane-airport-airplane-sky-9482/

Choose a good airline 
There is definitely a big difference between a good long haul airline and a bad one. Do some research before you book and read reviews from previous passengers, so you will be making an informed decision. If you have been seduced by a low price, then expect to have to pay for food and drinks and for there not to be any inflight entertainment available. I have been known to fly across the Atlantic with nothing but a book and a broken seat belt before! Lesson learned!

Relax!

What better excuse do you have to relax than on a flight? Nobody can get hold of you, your cellphone is off, and you have six, eight, ten or twelve hours of absolutely nothing to do ahead of you. You are being waited on hand and foot; you can read a book, watch a marathon of romcoms, or simple doze to your heart’s content!

Comments

  1. I have phobia for long flights as the size of my body needs more roomy seats.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thank you, readers!

Popular posts from this blog

Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner At San Jose 2022

TABLE FOR FOUR... We had our own reunion Chinese New Year dinner on Monday evening.... we made a simple one, just hot pot at home.  All we have to do is to clean the vegetables, get everything defrosted... and the hot pot boiling with a packet of seasoning.  They sell a lot of hot pot seasoning over here, from tomato soup to shrimp and chicken soup, I just threw in the whole packet of paste.  No doubt not so healthy but it is so easily done....  As usual, Chinese New Year won't be CNY without a plate of Loe Sang...  No crackers so I put in a few pieces of Tacos... LOL... Most important is the sauce....  The apricot, plum sauce and honey makes it right.... And our dishes for the evening..... We ate too much shrimps the day before so we omitted for this evening.... Simple and yet satisfying meal for our Reunion Dinner....

Cookies For Chinese New Year 2022 In San Jose

MISSING IN BLOGGING AGAIN.... this has become a norm now ever since I arrived to this continental... LOL... Now I understand the word of Full Commitment when it comes to taking care of baby... seriously, I have to be fully commited and occupied by this little cheeky fella who is now going to be his 10th month soon.  Wow... time flies, when I first came, he was just slightly over four months... that being said, it is soon time fo rme to pack my bags and leave.  LOL... My 6 months being a babysitter is soon over... and did I say I can hardly wait?  NO, NO... I love my job here and I am going to miss my baby tremendously!  I only don't miss his cries!  LOL...  OK, by the time I write this post, Chinese New Year is over, it is now the 4th day of CNY.  Two days before the Lunar New Year, my daughter-in-law and I cooperated fully and baked a few types of cookies.  Looking back at these pictures, I dare say that we did a good job... not on the cookies but at least we had a great time bond

Buffet Lunch At Baccanal Caesar Palace Hotel, Las Vegas

BUFFET LUNCH... We made reservation for a nice buffet a week before we came to Las Vegas, the buffet is one of its kind in Caesar Palace, Baccanal is the name of the restaurant.  My kids were saying that we must have at least one good and memorable meal while here in Las Vegas and they chose the seafood buffet.  It cost around $90 per pax and being Asians, sure we would be attracted to just seafood!  Alaska Crabs... hairy crabs....lobster claws..  clams etc etc...  Oh, I did not take much photos on what we ate, just too busy stuffing in and to take out the camera with dirty hands and all.  LOL.... Just the initial stage and after that, it was all about eating and eating... oh, by the way, they only allowed 90 minutes in the restaurant, but I don't think they timed anyone... LOL.. Anyway, we took that amount of time to finish our food, sipping free champayne and mocktail too.  What a scrumptious meal... from mains to desserts, I think we only had one meal done for that day itself...