I know plenty of international travelers, but I don’t think I’ve ever met one who enjoys the long flights! While you probably won’t find sitting in one spot for 12 hours “fun”, there are ways to improve the experience. Beyond the basic tips of stocking up on movies and other forms of entertainment, there are additional methods to improving your flight. Prevent jet lag and keep yourself happy by trying some of my recommendations.
Wear comfortable clothes.
If there is ever a time to NOT dress to impress, this is it! The last thing you want when you’re stuck on an airplane is to be in uncomfortable clothes when you want to relax and sleep. The temperature can also range on flights, so it’s also helpful to wear layers. A sweatshirt, t-shirt, and sweatpants with fluffy socks is my normal go-to outfit.
Pack personal comforts.
Going along with wearing comfortable clothes, bring along anything else that can make you more comfortable on the flight. For me, this includes a travel pillow, headphones, a good book, and a toothbrush! If you have trouble sleeping, maybe bring along a sleep mask, blanket, or ear plugs. Snacks can also fit into this category, especially if you’re not a big fan of airplane food.
Set your clock for your new time zone.
As soon as you step on the plane, check your world clock to see the time in your final destination. Mentally convince yourself that it is that time, and continually check it around throughout your flight. Plan your sleeping schedule around this time. For example, if your flight leaves at 6 PM and lands at 6 AM, you should stay awake for the first couple hours of your flight and go to sleep when you would normally, such as 9 or 10 PM.
Remember to walk around.
Most people know that sitting for extended periods of time on planes can restrict blood circulation, which puts you at a higher risk for blood clots. Beyond this, it can just be uncomfortable! Try to snag an aisle seat so you can get up to walk around a few times during your flight. If nothing else, at least stretch and flex your calves and feet to keep the blood flowing.
Hydrate and moisturize.
Flying can really do a number on your skin! The air in planes is dry, and when you’re in this environment for hours, the effects show. Drink water continuously throughout your flight to keep your and overall body, and skin in particular, hydrated. Also be sure to bring a body moisturizer and facial moisturizer to apply regularly throughout.
Freshen up before you land.
About an hour before you land, take some time go to the restroom to freshen up. This can include brushing your teeth, washing your face, and even changing your clothes. For ladies, this could mean putting on some fresh makeup. Don’t feel weighed down from your flight. If you are landing at the start of a day, you don’t want to waste valuable time once you’re at your hotel or wherever you are staying; get out exploring right away!
Do you have any foolproof tips for enjoying your long flights? I could always use some more ideas on avoiding jet lag and getting comfortable. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday! <3