hate long-haul flights.
Especially in the economy(not that I’ve been in upper classes) that I actually learn and asked for tips from fellow travelers on how to survive long-haul flights. To be honest, I am nervous flyer. I get nervous easily and scared to fly but I found out that by doing a few routines when I fly, it helps to overcome the nerves and help me survive flying, especially surviving long-haul flights.
So here are few things I know helped me on all the flights I’ve taken so far and a few other tips that I gathered from fellow travelers.
1) Always, ALWAYS be nice to you Cabin Crew. They are not your slave or servant, they are on board to help assist you. They work long hours, stand for a long period of time. Respect them and you will get the same. One thing I learned is that, if you are nice to the Cabin crew, they tend to relax and appreciate your company more. Who knows they might just give you extra chocolate every now and then. 😉
2) Hydration! Drink and drink a lot of plain water throughout the flight. Flying combined with the air pressure and the air quality onboard, it dehydrates you. To make it easier, ask the cabin crew if you can have a small water with you to make it handy. Not only that it’s good to drink but it’s also good wash your face and wet your skin a bit so that it wouldn’t be dry throughout the flight. I make sure that I walk to toilet every few hours to wash my face to stay fresh.
3) Don’t eat too much. I don’t know why but when you eat too much on a plane in one go, you belly tends to react rather weirdly and causes discomfort. Best if you eat in small amount and eat slowly so that you can digest better. Being on an airplane is not the best place to fall sick.
4) Comfort! Stay comfortable on board. Before boarding or if you have a small figure, change into something soft and comfortable so that you can get a good rest on air. Wear something lose, put on a slipper and comfy socks so that when you move around in you tiny seat, you will feel more comfortable.
5) Sleeping is an issue for most of people traveling on airplane. My best advice is to invest on a comfortable travel kit that includes a soft eye mask, comfortable neck or back pillow and a pair of socks. Make sure you stretch before and after you sleep- it helps you feel relax after sleeping in sitting position for long-time.
6) Take a book with you. Reading help (if you like to read that is) cuts the feeling of flying long-haul. You can finish your favourite book or the book that you have been carrying in your bag. Reading also helps you to focus on the storyline instead of the flight or the flying time.
7) Bring entertainment with you. Most of, if not all low cost airlines do not provide entertainment on board, so bring your own devices such as Ipod, tablet and laptop. Make sure that you charge them fully and load them with your favourite movies and games. I find it comforting to have my favourite song while I fly long-haul, it helps me to relax and enjoy the flight.
8) Keep vigilant of your belongings. I hate to write about this but you are traveling with hundred of different travelers and you will never know which one of them is a crook. I usually keep a small pouch of everything valuable that I have. If I need to use the toilet, I will just carry that pouch. Easy right?
Flying long-hauls can be fun, depending on how you view it and handle yourself onboard. Always remember that you have to be comfortable during the flight, stay hydrated and entertain yourself. Without you knowing, the dreading long-hauls flight is over and you land safely at your destination.