We’ve all been there – well, maybe not all of us…. – but some of us know what it’s like to catch a long haul flight. When you’ve got a long plane journey ahead of you, you’re going to want to make sure that it’s a breeze. And I have some plane survival travel tips that can help!
These plane survival travel tips will ensure that your journey flies by. *winks*
1. Keep yourself entertained
There’s nothing worse than a long plane journey with nothing to do on board. – I mean, there’s only so much sleeping you can do right? – Check beforehand if your flight offers entertainment in the form of films, games, and television, otherwise bring your own! Here are a few ideas:
- Download some films for offline watching on your smartphone or tablet, and bring some noise-cancelling headphones to truly zone out.
- Podcasts and music
- You could even consider making your itinerary for your travels!
All these things will certainly help you pass the time and stop you thinking, “are we there yet?”
2. Make sure you’re well rested
Everybody needs their beauty sleep. Unfortunately, catching shut-eye on a plane is not always comfortable, easy, nor is it glamorous!
- Ensure that you’re well rested before boarding so that you don’t become frustrated and tired on the journey. Go to bed earlier if your flight is an early one, stay in a hotel closer to the airport the night before your flight to maximise your time to rest, or maybe invest in some sleeping tablets if need be. It’ll be worth it when you disembark the plane feeling refreshed and energised!
- Sometimes it’s good to plan ahead and change your pattern of sleep according to the time zone you are flying to. – I’ve kept myself up all night long before a flight so I can sleep on the plane and wake up in the morning of the country we fly to, or sometimes I keep myself awake during the whole flight so I can fall asleep in the new country and get my body adjusted to the new sleeping pattern –
3. Try and book a seat before you board
Booking a select seat alongside your tickets could save you a long uncomfortable journey!
- Choose somewhere that offers you the most room and comfort – two great seat locations:
- If you are anything like me and take midnight trips to the loo, then I would suggest getting an aisle seat. This way you have the freedom to get up and go to the toilet without the awkwardness of asking others to get up for you. – But then you could be the unlucky sod who needs to get up every 5 minutes for someone else! Your choice 🙂 –
- Or book an exit seat. Sure, you’ll have an added responsibility in case of any eventualities, but it’s highly unlikely and you’ll enjoy a huge amount of legroom as a result.
4. Be creative and productive
Being on a long haul flight away from any distractions is a good excuse to use that time to your advantage.
- Get on with some work that needs doing in the time you’ve got to yourself. – I like to blog, make lists and journal. –
- Bring a pen and paper and write, or try your hand at drawing something!
- Another great idea that could help you once you land is brushing up on your knowledge of your destination, whether it be through reading about its history or picking up some basic phrases in the local language – use your time to your advantage!
5. Feeling ill?
Do you ever start to feel ill when on a long car journey? You won’t be exempt from it on the plane. If you’re reading or watching a film, you may start to feel nauseous. That’s not to mention the possibility of turbulence – there’s nothing like a bit of motion sickness! – To combat this, take a travel sickness tablet before you board. It’s likely that you’ll be able to buy them from the airport if you haven’t got them already, and they’re a great precaution to take just in case you do fall ill on board the flight.
6. Stay hydrated!
Drink lots of water, long flights dehydrate you, and your skin! So take a light moisturiser for your face and stay fresh-faced all the way to your final destination.