Imagine you are about to take the trip of a lifetime. You have the perfect itinerary, cute clothes picked out, and everything is paid for. The only thing standing in the way between you and your adventure is an ocean and a 15-hour long flight. And let’s face it, long flights suck. But with these 5 helpful tips, they can suck a little less and hopefully make your long flight go a lot smoother.
#1 Wear Comfortable Clothes
As tempting as it may be to wear that cute new outfit the first day you set off, it is important to prioritize comfort when traveling. Try to wear loose-fitted clothes that would be comfortable to sleep in. Also, be sure to dress in layers. You might break a sweat running through the airport, but airplanes can get chilly. Try to wear an outer layer that could also double as a blanket like a cardigan or zip-up sweatshirt.
#2 Pick the Right Seat
If possible, when flying economy class for a long flight, avoid the middle seat. The window seat is great if you get motion sick because it gives you a horizon line to look at when you are flying during the day. It is also nice for sleeping because you have a window to lean up against. The aisle seat can also be good for long flights because it gives you the most legroom and it provides easy access to get up and stretch or use the restroom. Be aware that if you choose this seat, there is a good chance you will have to get up multiple times to let other people out.
#3 Make a Sleep Kit
Sleep is the best way to pass the time on a flight. Wearing comfortable clothes is good but you should also pack a sleep kit that includes a neck pillow, an eye mask, and noise-canceling headphones or earplugs.
#4 Stay Hydrated
With the high altitude and dry environment, it is important to stay hydrated while flying. Although airlines will offer many options for beverages, be sure to drink lots of water. Remember if you are flying out of the United States, you can not bring beverages from home through security. It would be wise to get a bottle of water before taking off. Although you should be able to get some water from your flight attendants, it might take a while.
#5 Get Entertained
Lastly, preparing yourself with entertainment options is invaluable especially if you aren’t able to sleep. The airline may provide streaming options or movies, but you may not like the options available. Before you leave on your trip, download a couple of movies or tv shows on your phone or even some audiobooks, eBooks, or music.