If you want to see this world, you will have to endure some lengthy flights in order to do it. There are steps to take to make sure that your long-haul flight is as comfortable, enjoyable, and as pleasant as possible.
Choosing Your Flight
The 1st thing you can do to prepare for your long-haul flight is to choose carefully. Not all airlines are created equally. While there are times when taking a bargain flight to get to your next destination is worth some discomfort, a 15-hr flight is not 1 of them. Even if you are used to forgoing some amenities on domestic flights in order to get a lower price, you will miss them once you cross the 4-hrs mark.
Pick an airline that is going to offer you some real amenities.
- Look for great in-flight entertainment. Some airlines offer games, critically-acclaimed movies, and other options to keep guests entertained and happy. Take the time to see what options you will have available as you make your choice.
- Consider how entertainment is delivered. You do not want to be watching an overhead screen that will have you sitting in an uncomfortable position or, perhaps worse, forced to watch whatever in-flight movie the crew has chosen for the trip. The best option is a flight with built-in seat-back screens, allowing you a customized experience. Be sure to check your options before booking your flight, though. Many airlines are doing away with the seat-back screens. If you have a laptop, bring it, seeing as how some airlines now offer on-demand entertainment on your personal device.
- Check out the food situation. Most long-haul flights are going to offer regular meals, but the quality and variety of that food can vary. If you want to make sure that you are going to enjoy the food you eat, you will want to take some time and check out what is offered. The website Airline Meals offers real pictures from guests to give you an honest view.
- Consider travel insurance. If you typically only take short domestic flights, you may wisely be in the habit of foregoing travel insurance,, but, a longer flight might be worth it. Research your options to make a smart.
Packing Your Bags
No matter what airline you choose or how good their amenities are, a long-haul flight is going to take some extra preparation to be as comfortable as possible. There are some considerations you need to make when packing your carry-on.
- Plan to sleep. Even if you do not normally sleep on planes, a flight of this length will go a little smoother if you use part of it to get some Zzzz. Bring a travel pillow, an eye mask, and noise-canceling headphones to make catching the Zzzz as easy as possible.
- Bring snacks. Yes, all the long-haul flights offer meals, but there is no guarantee that their schedule or offerings are going to align with your cravings. Dried fruit, jerky, and trail mix are all popular options for their easy portability.
- Download your own entertainment. Even if the airline has great offerings, you’re going to want some variety over the course of such a long flight. Download at least a few movies, books in different genres, podcasts that fit different moods, and music you haven’t heard in a while. Giving your mind some novel entertainment is a good way to distract yourself from the most monotonous stretch of the flight. A good strategy is to have a nonfiction book that’s serious, a fiction book that’s light and fun, a book that’s truly gripping, and movies in different genres, give yourself options ahead of time.
- Bring backup power banks.
Now that you know what do before you book your flight and as you pack your bag, it’s time to consider what you can do to make your flight more comfortable.
- Wear comfortable clothes. You will be sitting most of the time for a long stretch of hours. You do not want to be wearing clothes that pinch, poke, or scratch. Pick comfortable clothes that are loose-fitting and do not roll or ride up as you move around, the flight is a time to put comfort 1st.
- Wear the right shoes. In addition to picking comfortable clothes, you should put some extra thought into the shoes you will wear. Ideally, your shoes will be well cushioned and easy to slip on and off without having to reach down to tie or untie them.
- Get up and walk around. Most people stay seated on short flights. For a long-haul flight, though, you are going to want to move around. You are going to have to get up and use the restroom at some point, but do not make that your only movement. Experts recommend getting up and moving about every 2 hrs to reduce the risk of blood clots, and that advice also keeps you from sitting too long in one uncomfortable position, which can lead to aches and pains when you deplane.
Enjoy your travels