We all love travelling but getting to your destination can sometimes be a pain, especially when its far away and you are not flying business. Doing a long haul flight in economy doesn’t have to be as bad as it sounds though.
Here are my five tips to making those 11+ hour flights go by as easily and stress free as possible!
Remember to plan your flight just as you would the rest of your trip and don’t leave it as an after thought. Pick an airline you know has good service and great planes. We love flying with Qatar on long haul flights but there are a few really good airlines around. I usually check things like leg room, in flight entertainment and food options.
I also love going onto seatguru to check out which seats are the best and then try and book according to those!
Check in early
Set your alarm if you have to, checking in early is super important. Not only does it make the airport bit less stressful it also gives you the chance to pick a good seat. Whether you are flying alone or with two people I have found that the middle row, aisle and next to it are the best seats for a long haul if there are more than two seats at the window.
Otherwise see that you get to the airport early and try and get exit row or bulkhead seats. These both have their downfalls ( might sit near babies and have people standing in front of your seat )but I still prefer them to normal seats.
Put thought into packing your carry on
I always think about exactly what I might need on my flight and then pack my carry on accordingly. Obvious things like my phone and a charger but also a toothbrush because I hate using the small plane ones or my own eye mask. I always pack a few mints or sweets because I get bored in between meals and then a book or two for when I don’t feel like watching a movie. Imagine what you would need if you had to stay on your couch for more than ten hours!
Get those extras
After a couple of flights buying an expensive pair of noise canceling headphones with a converter for the plane socket seems like a very good investment. Save yourself the pain and buy it immediately! You will thank me I promise! There is nothing worse than the plane headphones that don’t block out a single sounds. I actually sleep with them on and then I don’t even feel like I am on a plane anymore!
Other extras could be a plane pillow, some hydrating face masks or your own water bottle or healthy snacks. I would also suggest buying some expensive wifi if you are like me and you cant go without being connected. It is really a game changer!
Get all the sleep
Sleeping is the best way to kill time on a plane and it also makes you feel better once you get to your destination. If you aren’t one of those people that can sleep anywhere ( I literally slept on a pillow on my tray table for four hours ) then get yourself some help. There are plenty of mild and natural sleeping products that can give you that extra nudge. If all else fails a glass of red and long movie might also do the trick!