How to Survive Long-Haul Flights

The idea of flying for six hours or more may be exciting… to migrating ducks, that is. But for us humans, long-haul flights mean boredom, muscle cramps, nausea, and dry skin. Here’s how to survive these long-haul flights.

  • Keep hydrated hours before the flight. Unless you want to add bathroom horrors to your list of long-haul flight burdens, drink loads of water well in advance. This is a good way to prevent excessive bathroom trips during the flight. Avoid in-flight dehydrating drinks such as caffeine and alcohol. Remember: alcohol + cabin pressure = double the effect. This means that a glass of wine on the plane is equivalent to two to three glasses on the ground.
  • Wear comfortable clothes. Your outfit should be the least of your worries during your long-haul flight. Since you’ll be spending endless hours just sitting, might as well wear loose clothes comfortable enough to move around in. Save the haute couture for your destination; ditch the stilettos for flats and jeans for drawstring pants. Don’t forget to bring a light jacket or a Pashmina—just in case the temperature drops.
  • Indulge in light activities. If you just can’t sit still or doze off during a flight, try reading a book. If books don’t do the trick, listen to your favourite music on your MP3 player, or from the music selection of the aircraft’s entertainment offerings. Most airlines also provide the latest blockbuster movies, and your long idle time on air is the perfect time to catch some flicks.
  • Work out...your fingers with interactive games. Kick off the boredom with interactive games, which are available on most aircrafts today. Even if you’re not a gamer, this activity proves to be a good pastime, and a nice finger exercise, too. And don’t forget, you paid for this kind of perk.
  • Catch up on sleep. Sleepiness is sure to catch up on you, especially on non-stop flights. After you’ve tried every in-flight entertainment offering, catch up on much-needed rest and sleep. Ask for a blanket and sleeping mask for a more comfortable snooze

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