A long flight, sat in an economy seat, isn't something that many of us like to endure.
However, if you follow the tips below, you can at least make your flight more bearable. From staying in a hotel the night before you travel to making your seat more comfortable, keep reading for a few tips on how to survive your long haul flight in style.
1. Arrive Well Rested
Long haul flights only seem to get worse when you arrive at the airport tired and then struggle to sleep once on-board. Instead, consider booking a hotel close to your airport the day before you fly out. Check out ihg.com for a good selection. If you stay in a hotel, you won't be rushed on the day of departure, and can instead arrive at the airport feeling refreshed. This way, if you do struggle to get to sleep on the actual flight, it won't cause too much irritation.
2. Order a Meal in Advance
Almost all long haul flights will provide you with at least one meal whilst you're up in the air. However, as you probably know, the time it takes to get served will likely be determined by your seat location. In order to speed up your service, you can book a special meal in advance. These can be all kinds of things from vegetarian and vegan meals, to low fat and halal meals, and can usually be ordered when you buy your flight tickets. The flight attendants almost always serve special meals before the generic meals that most passengers are provided.
3. Pack Basic Toiletries
Many people feel uncomfortable on long haul flights, mainly because they feel unclean. To prevent this from happening, pack some basic toiletries to take on board with you. We recommend taking a small tub of toothpaste and a toothbrush, some deodorant, and some facial and body wipes. Small toiletries can be carried on-board if you pack them in a see through plastic bag and keep them in your hand luggage.
4. Chew Gum
If you struggle with the differences in air pressure, chewing gum can be a life saver. It can help not only during take off and landing, but in flight as well. If you are a nervous traveller, chewing gum can also help to keep you calm by giving you something to concentrate on.
5. Use Cushions
Economy seats aren't the most comfortable of things, and unless you have been blessed with a whole row to yourself, you're going to have to suck it up and try to make things a bit more comfortable. Place the in flight pillow in between your back and the chair seat, and if you need neck support to sleep, consider investing in an inflatable pillow. You'll feel a lot more comfortable with these items than without them.
Can you think of any other tips for surviving a long haul flight? Perhaps you have to fly regularly and have picked up some tips along the way. We'd love to hear from you in the comments.