Travel Tips

How I Survive a Long-Haul Flight

Sharing my top five travel tips on how to survive a long-haul flight.

If you struggle on long-haul flights; which let’s face it, most of us do. Then you’ll love my tips on how to survive the flight when you’re stuck on a plane for more than ten hours.

Much like my tips on how to pack and what to take in your carry-on, these tips are fairly simple, easy to manage and trust me, will definitely make your long-haul flight a lot easier to manage.

Speaking on behalf of most Aussies, we certainly know how to travel long-haul. Considering we are FAR from everywhere really. We have definitely mastered the art of how to deal with sitting on a long-haul flight.

  1. Preselect your seat on the plane ASAP. This gives you the opportunity to choose the best seat possible and hopefully one with a lot of leg room. Here’s a tip for you. Look for seats which are behind a partition. Yes, you may run the risk of sitting next to a young mum (or couple) travelling with a baby, as they often attach the baby capsule to the partition, but you will also get a lot of front leg room; which is great for stretching out and gives you space to get in and out of your seat without bothering anyone. And remember, if you use the bathroom often, choose the aisle seat so you don’t bother anyone. As that can be stressful. Another tip, is to look for a 3 row seat where there are only 2 seats in front of the row you want to chose. Then you can choose the seat where there is no seat in front for extra leg room.
  2. Do yoga. Yes, I am one of those freaks who moves to the back of the plane periodically throughout the flight to do some yoga stretches. If you get embarrassed by this notion, then keep the stretches simple and avoid downward dogs and warriors if you must. But, do make sure you stretch at least aver few hours; or at least between naps. This ensures you have good blood and oxygen flow through the body; which is super important on a long-flight in a pressurised cabin.
  3. Pack some pajamas, or at least a comfy tracksuit to change into for sleeping. Changing out of your good clothes, into comfy clothes makes a world of difference, when it comes to nap time. I mean who sleeps in jeans anyways. Don’t be shy, as a lot of people do this. And who cares what people think anyways, you will never see them again.
  4. Pack a small travel facial kit. This includes a cleanser, serum, thick night moisturiser or overnight mask and some eye cream. And don’t forget the toothbrush either. Before settling in for some sleep, take the time to wash your makeup off and apply a thick moisturiser or overnight mask. This will keep your skin protected from the air conditioner, well hydrated and prevent any ageing from the long stressful travel. And always take a toothbrush to brush your teeth after every meal.
  5. Don’t watch any movies at home for at least 3 months before travel. Why? Because all those movies will be showing on the plane. Many airlines now do new releases at the cinema, which means you get to watch all the seasons greatest films. If you spend a lot of time at home watching movies, take a break and catch up on the plane, trust me you ‘ll thank me for it. There’s nothing worse than sitting on a plant longer than 10 hours, with movies you have already watched. Oh, and don’t forget to pack a colouring book and a book, to give your brain and eyes a break from all that technology.


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