When you spend some good amount of hours onboard an airplane to get to your destination, it is good to keep a few things in mind, like staying healthy, resting well or having things to do if you’re unable to sleep.
Here are nine tips for you to remember for your next journey, especially if you’re on a long haul flight!!
1. Take some entertainment with you
Even if you’re travelling internationally and expect the plane to have entertainment, a movie on your cellphone, some music or a good book won’t weight too much and can save you some boring times if you’re unable to rest.
*Check how your airline works for entertainment before departure. Some require downloading an application before hand, to then access the options via «in-flight mode» and Wi-Fi.
2. Stay hydrated
Drink water. Don’t be ashamed to ask the crew members to please bring you water – don’t forget it is a basic need! Also, bringing a small water bottle with you to refill once you pass security, will help you and save you some coins.
*Remember that unfortunately not all airports have drinking water, and use their fountains when they do!
3. Keep your most important belongings with you
It is practical to have a small purse inside your main carryon, with your passport, important documents, cards, money or cellphone. That way, when you get on the aircraft, your just put your main carryon on the overhead compartment, and your little purse with you on your seat.
4. Get your sleeping gear ready!
If you can, get some good rest. If you can’t, try again; and at least close your eyes to relax. Your body and mind will appreciate it.
The sleeping mask is a must on each of my trips. If you’re not yet used to it, doing worry, you will! I sometimes take an inflatable pillow (they take less space in your backpack/ luggage). Ear plugs or headphones are also quite recommended, especially when you suffer light sleep or have noisy neighbours!
5. Get comfy
Forget high heels, tons of make-up, lots of jewelry or any clothing or hair-do that will end up making you uncomfortable. Choose to wear certain tights, lose pants or even in some cases shorts (I may have traveled with shorts twice or three times in my life… It was good! But some planes keep the AC quite high during the entire flight!). Haven’t yet tried the compressive tights, but will let you know my opinion when I do.
I usually take off my shoes once seated, loosen my hair, sit back and relax.
6. Bring extra clothing
Especially when it is a long haul flight, it is good to freshen up and wear something clean, as you can end up spending two days travelling in some journeys. You don’t wanna be wearing the same underwear all of that time!
If your airport has showers, take advantage of them, you will immediately feel and appreciate the difference.
However long the flight may be, take at least a light jacket with you. Some companies put the AC really high. Also, when you’re tired, you become more sensitive to temperature changes.
7. Bring a snack
Don’t be afraid to take out your sandwich when up in the air.
Meals are included in intercontinental flights (re-check with your company anyway), and also in some international flights.
It is still good, practical and economic to bring your own sandwich. If you end up not consuming it during your flight, you can always have it for dinner.
*Please, if you are really hungry and forgot to prepare a sandwich, use the good service onboard. Don’t be hungry just to save!
8. Freshen up!
Stand up, go for a walk, exercise your legs and change positions. Use the toilet facilities, wash your face. And do all of these things more often than usually. The pressure or dryness of the air, not being able to have your legs up or being in a reduced space, are unordinary situations for your body. Listen to it and treat yourself right.
9. Be civilized and respectful
Please, don’t be the annoying brat on the plane. Be civil. Don’t get on a plane to get drunk. It will modify your behavior, and you will end up bothering everyone around you, and being disrespectful. Don’t be the person you would hate to sit next to.
Now, sit back, relax, and enjoy the flight.