6 great tips to survive a long flight
Summer vacations have already started! Hopefully adventure awaits you in a far away land! Here are 6 tips to make your journey easy and relaxing. Traveling well starts the day before departure:
#1 – Start cool – Take care of yourself
A good night’s sleep before flying is always a great idea. Hydrating well is important too. In-flight air conditioning is always dry – drink a little more than usual the day before flying. Keep your daily routine: coffee, tea, breakfast… Keeping a normal morning before to leave home will help avoid stress.
#2 – Dress simply
We all want to look good while traveling but we also want to be comfortable! If you plan to get some shut eye on your flight, avoid wearing tight clothes (the longer the flight, the looser the clothes). I recommend wearing layers of loose fitting clothes – perfect for unpredictable temperatures both on the plane and in airports!
#4 – Pack your essentials in your handbag the day before
Having your favorite things with you is reassuring. Try not to carry too much stuff or you’ll lose some legroom – critical during long flights! As airlines continue to charge for checked bags, in-cabin bag space is increasingly limited. Plan for the worst – having a bag at your feet.
My survival kit for long flights is really simple: neck pillows, eye masks, earplugs, noise-canceling headphones. These simple ingredients provide ample comfort and fight the inconveniences of flying: crying children, pilot announcements, engine noise… I also like to drop a few beauty essentials in my bag: wipes, lip balm, moisturizing cream, sanitizing gel and a scarf! I love scarves – they’re useful as pillows or can keep you warm.
#5 – How to fight Jet Lag – Consider a sleep aid
If you are planning to use sleep aids, I love « natural » methods such as melatonin. However don’t use it for the first time during a long flight it can work differently with you. Try testing the weekend before your departure.
#6 –Use SeatGuru
Have you heard about SeatGuru? It can be a great way to have a better flight and not be stressed when you go to the airport wondering which seat you will get. Think hard before to choose your seat. You’ll appreciate having a good seat on long flights. A helpful hint for travel geeks, research the airplane model you’ll be flying and pick the exit rows. Extra legroom!
And you, how do you travel in style?
Cécile lives in Chicago though is originally from southern France. She’s an avid traveler and is always excited by new adventures. After living in Ireland, Australia and Canada, Cécile is an advocate of having a routine but not staying comfortable for too long.