How To Survive A Long-Haul Flight

Living in Queensland, Australia, almost anywhere in the world I want to travel requires a long-haul flight. Approximately 13 hours to Los Angeles, 21 hours to London, 15 hours to South Africa just to give you an idea. I’ve had my fair share of long-haul flights and stop-overs so here’s my advice on how to survive.


Los Angeles. 2014. Photo Credit: K.Allan

Whilst it’s not my idea of fun by any means, long-haul flights are the beginning of the adventure, so here’s my  7 tips to get you through: 

  1. Stay hydrated
    Most long-haul flights include some alcoholic beverages. Whilst we would usually jump for joy over included beverages, on a long-haul flight you might want to rethink this. 13 hours in a pressurised cabin with enough wine to make you giggly is only going to make your jet lag worse on arrival and trying to sync into the new timezone. Opt for water as often as you can and the odd soft drink to keep your sugar levels up.
  2. Use the in-flight entertainment
    Watch a movie or two, a few episodes of a TV series or play one of the games. Before you know it, 2 hours of your flight are done. Yay!
  3. Sleep
    I’m a bit of a hypocrite writing this as I found it almost impossible to sleep on planes, however, I still think it helps make long-haul flights a little more bearable. Everyone I have travelled with has slept on planes with ease and being rested really does help when you arrive in a completely foreign destination.
  4. Walk around
    Everyone laughs at those people pacing around the plane, but they have the right idea. Not only does it help keep away DVT, it allows you to get your blood pumping, get out of your seat (which you’ll be grateful for) and who knows, maybe have a sneak peek at the Business class cabins.
  5. Use the in-flight courtesy packs
    Usually including an eye mask, tooth-brush, toothpaste, pen, earphones, socks and a blanket, this pack really does come in handy. I find the eye mask to be a lifesaver, especially if the person in front of you chooses to read with their light on the entire flight (insert annoyed expression here!). Even if you don’t use everything on the flight, they’re a good item to keep, that pen will come in handy at some point.
  6. Chat to the people beside you
    You’re going to have to squeeze past them to go to the bathroom and have your meals passed across them so you may as well get to know them. You may even kill some time getting to know each other.
  7.  Use the wi-fi
    This is my last tip as not all flights include this, and most charge a fee, however if you can afford the expense why not use your flying time to do some more research on your destination, update Facebook or even update your blog?

Abu Dhabi stop-over with A.Barton. 2012. Photo Credit: K.Allan

 Hopefully this helps us all get through those long-haul flights, because, honestly, the destinations will always be worth it.

Comment below and let me know what you guys do to get through those long flights!

All posts are by GlobalWhispers2014 and are entirely my own opinions, views and experiences.



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