A long-haul flight isn’t something that you should approach haphazardly. A long-haul flight could easily take as long as 14 to 22 hours.That means you’ll be spending your entire day on an airplane. If you want your experience prior to, during and after your flight to be a pleasant experience, it really pays to spend just a little time on preparing for your trip. Here are seven things you should do before hopping on a long haul flight.
#1: Handle Your Entertainment
The last thing you want is to be stuck on a long flight airline with nothing to do. That’s one of the most boring things you could possibly do in the world. Instead, try to have at least two or three different things you can do. For example, if you have a laptop, you could watch some movies. If you have your iPod or iPhone, you can listen to music. If you have a book, you can read.
Having a couple different activities will help keep you from being bored, as you can only really read or watch movies for a couple hours at a time.
#2: Food Arrangements
If you have special food needs for the flight, be sure to let the airline know at least a couple days before your flight. Don’t try to handle it on the flight, as there’s a good chance you won’t get fed. Note that extra snacks are very much allowed. You can go through security with cookies, an apple or an orange or even a small box of food. If you want to bring your own food with you, by all means, go for it.
Flying is a very dehydrating experience. Remember that you’re going to be flying thousands of feet in the air in an artificially pressurized cabin. This itself is dehydrating, not to mention the fact that people often don’t drink enough water simply because water isn’t served very often.
If you want to stay hydrated, you need to take things into your own hands. Bring a couple empty water bottles with you through security. Once you’ve passed the security check, head over to the drinking fountains and fill up your water bottles. This will allow you to have all the water you need for your flight, without having to constantly ask for water.
#4: Buy Ear Plugs and an Eye Mask
Some flights will provide these for free, but many won’t. If you’re on a long-haul flight, you’ll probably want to get some sleep. These two items can really, really help. Together they’ll cost you less than $10 but can make a tremendous difference on your journey.
Buy these two items before you fly – You won’t regret it!
#5: Dress Comfortably
Flying is not the time to dress to impress. Instead, you should be dressed for comfort. Remember that you’re going to be seated in a small enclosed space for a while. You may have to climb over people to get to the bathroom. You’ll be sleeping in these clothes.
Generally, you want to wear clothing that’s loose and stretchy. They should be easy to sleep in and should have no hard objects. In other words, avoid things like belts or cuffs, as they can be uncomfortable. Make sure it’s not too warm or too cold.
#6: Check Your Flight Before You Leave
Before you leave, check your flight to make sure it’s still scheduled to leave at the same time. Don’t drive all the way to the airport only to discover that your flight was delayed 6 hours.
#7: Check All Your Belongings
Before you set out for the airport, take the time to just check everything one more time. Did you bring your toothbrush? Your laptop? What about your insurance papers? Information about the embassy? Make sure you have everything you need, as once you set out that door you probably can’t come back to get anything you left out.
These are seven things you should do before any long-haul flight. If you’re going to be flying anywhere for more than 6 hours, go through this list to help make sure you’re really prepared for your flight. It’ll help make your flight much, much more comfortable.
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