By now you may have figured out that I love to travel. Actually, that is an understatement! In the past three years, I have gone to parts of England, Ireland, France, Germany, and Holland. I spent two weeks on the Island country of Taiwan. I went to Disney World with my extended family and I cruised on the Caribbean with my husband's family.
I say all of this, to let you know, that I have had a little experience with long flights.
Also, we have never flown anything other than Economy class. Small seats, very little leg room, and sometimes squished between people, in the middle of the plane.
In this post, I am going to share a few tips for how I have learned to get through these long flights, without feeling like I need to punch someone after.
1. Whenever possible, make it an overnight flight.
My husband can sleep anywhere. I'm pretty sure he could fall asleep standing up. However, I typically can only sleep under perfect conditions. No lights, comfy pillow, fan for white noise, and laying on my left side. These are the things I need to sleep. The only way I have been able to sleep more than 30 minutes on a plane, is on an overnight flight. I wake up at my usual time on the day of my flight and I do not take any naps. When it's time to fly, my mind is saying that it's time for bed. This has helped me to sleep a few consecutive hours on a plane. It may not be the most comfortable sleep, but at least it helps pass the time. PRO TIP: bring a comfy sleep mask and noise canceling earbuds.
2. Wear comfortable clothes.
I have been the person that is in my trendiest outfit at the airport. I'm going on vacay! I gotta look cute, right?! WRONG. No one on that plane cares what you look like. Even if they do, you shouldn't care what they think. I've been long flights, regretting the skinny jeans I chose, the minute I sat down. Not anymore though. That girl in the yoga pants and t-shirt, with her hair up in a messy bun? Yep, that's me and I'm proud of it! You also might find me pulling out my fuzzy socks, when I get seated on the plane. The outfit might scream hot mess to you, but comfort comes first, when you are in the air for 10+ hours.
3. Don't eat and drink everything they pass out.
On international flights, it seems like the flight attendants are constantly up and down the aisles. A drink, a snack, a meal, another heavy snack, another drink. It's a nice service and don't get me wrong, I do take part, but I have also learned to politely decline. If you eat and drink everything they bring, you may find yourself feeling bloated and more drowsy, especially if you are drinking alcohol. Go ahead and have one glass, because it is complimentary, but the next time they come around, choose good old H2O. It will make you feel so much better. If the snack is packaged (they usually are) you can accept it and then just tuck it away in your carry on for later consumption. I feel much better on flights where I am not eating and drinking all that they offer and bonus...that's less trips to the restroom (which by the end of the flight, isn't the best smelling place to be).
4. Stand up and walk the aisle occasionally.
After you have napped or watched a long movie, it's a good idea to get up and move around. Even if you don't have to use the restroom, you can at least stretch your legs. This promotes good circulation through your legs and the act of moving after being sedentary will help to boost your mood and energy some too. Try to wait till a time when the attendants aren't passing out things, to avoid them having to back their carts up for you.
5. Alternate in-flight activities
Switch it up! After you have watched a movie, try reading for a little while. If you have another form of entertainment like games on your phone, you can do that for a little while too. Try to break up your "screen" activities so that it doesn't cause major strain on your eyes. For example, try taking a nap after playing a game on your tablet. Also, as I said in the fourth tip, stand up between each long stretch of an activity. This routine will help the time to pass much more quickly and it will help to break up the monotony of a long flight.
I hope these tips help you to enjoy your next international flight. Do you have anymore to add? Let me know!
Until next time!