In 2016 I averaged 2+ long haul flights each month. That’s over 100,000 miles of air travel. As you can imagine I somewhat perfected the best way to not only survive but to actually enjoy the many hours in a confined space. So I thought I would pass along my top 5 tips for surviving long haul travel. I hope that by the end of this post you will have the tools necessary to better enjoy your next trip.
I have friends who think I am crazy to spend so many hours in the air. They say they cannot imagine how tedious it must be for me. Now I admit I am fortunate that I fly business or first class. I recognize I therefore start with somewhat of an advantage. Flowing champagne, comfy seats that turn into flat beds, and all those movies that I didn’t get around to seeing at the cinema are just a few of my favorites. But even with all those ‘premium goodies’ you would be surprised how many grumpy fellow passengers I witness. Keeping a positive attitude, even when things don’t always go so well, will make the trip so much more bearable. And who knows, a good attitude might also lead to an upgrade.
I have a few go-to outfits that I like to wear when I’m traveling long haul:
But something I had not done until I flew BA First Class for the first time was to change into a pair of pajamas for an overnight flight. Just the act of changing out of my ‘day clothes’ and into something cozy made me more relaxed. Not to mention it also helped keep my travel outfit fresh and crease free. I think this is so beneficial that I now take a pair of pj’s in my carry-on so that I can change whenever I want to relax. I also take a pair of my own eye shades as I found the perfect style that doesn’t make my eyelashes stick together.
As mentioned above I love using long haul flights to catch up on movies. But I find that I can enjoy this so much more if I pack my own noise canceling headphones. The headphones have also saved my sanity a few times from noisy fellow travelers. If the flight is 8+ hours then I also make sure I have a few other distractions like my laptop, my Kindle and sufficient music on my phone or ipod.
I thought this meant drink plenty of champagne at first, but sadly not. I do still indulge (well it would be rude not to) but I also ensure that I drink as much water as I can tolerate. But just to add some science to the mix, read this Harvard Medical School article. I didn’t realize that staying hydrated can greatly reduce the effects of jet lag. If you think you might forget to drink sufficient quantities, then take your own water bottle onto the flight as a reminder.
But it’s not just your inside that needs hydrating. The low humidity during the flight will literally suck the moisture from the deepest layers of your skin. And don’t think that if you have oily skin this will work to your advantage. The low humidity of the flight will cause your skin to increase oil production due to the lack of moisture. Not a pretty picture. Many of the onboard amenity kits that are given out will have any number of sample products that you can slather all over yourself. Or do as per model Chrissy Teigen and take your own products and use the time to give yourself a facial.
Of course, it’s important to stay healthy before you travel (you would be surprised how many people get sick just before a vacation). But you also need to stay healthy while on a long haul flight. The lack of humidity combined with the pressure of the airplane cabin and the enclosed space with 100+ other passengers is not always conducive to staying healthy. But there are things you can do to help alleviate any potential issues.
I have found that by being aware of all the above points, I am better able to enjoy the hours I spend in a little tin can hurtling through the skies. Do you have any other ideas that I missed? Please share in the comments below if you do.Don't miss out on any posts, plus make sure you get all the FREE DOWNLOADS and offers by joining the No Fixed Abode For Sue VIP Members group. A monthly newsletter plus access to the MEMBERS ONLY section of the blog. It's simple, just enter your email in the box below. Easy to unsubscribe at any time.
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