TIPS TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE ON LONG FLIGHTS

TIPS TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE ON LONG FLIGHTS

Passenger plane above the clouds.

Passenger plane above the clouds.

Long flights can be extremely boring and tiring, especially for first-time travelers or  those who aren’t used to long trips.  Here are some suggestions for how you can get through a long flight.

Comfort

If you can afford it, book a business or a first-class flight in order to feel more comfortable. You might also be able to get an upgrade. Flying first or business class will definitely make your trip more comfortable and less stressful. You’ll have more legroom and better food, and you’ll have a wider range of options. Seats in business class on long flights also sometimes transform into beds, so you will likely get better sleep as well.

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Photo: depositphotos.com

Food and drinks

In order to feel good during and after a long flight you should try to prepare in advance. Try to avoid spicy and fatty food. Your body will thank you for that choice, which means you will have no nausea or an upset stomach during your flight. Moreover, according to studies by Charles Spence, professor of experimental psychology at Oxford University, food served on the plane often tastes differently. The reasons are simple: lack of humidity, lower air pressure, and even the background noise. So try to stick with what you’re comfortable with before a long flight.

No alcohol

You can find a lot of suggestions on the Internet about how to help yourself feel better during a flight. One of the most popular ones is to drink alcohol. However, we would not recommend it. Alcohol adds additional stress on your body, and it could cause you more trouble than it’s worth. Alcoholic intoxication won’t last for very long, especially if you have a long flight. Facing a hangover in the air is not the most pleasant experience, especially if you become aggravated by the uncomfortable surroundings and environment.

Photo: depositphotos.com

Photo: depositphotos.com

Entertain yourself

Enjoy time-saving activities like reading and watching films or listening to podcasts. They will make time go more quickly and will make you feel less bored from the long flight. A lot of airlines offer various films to watch onboard the plane. However, you can also take a book (or electronic book) with you to read. Businesspeople often take work documents with them so they are productive on their flight as well.

Move around when you can

The act of sitting on a plane for so long is sometimes the most difficult task. When it comes to long tiresome flights, staying in the same position for a long time is uncomfortable and not good for your body. Try to move around from time to time, and don’t forget that you can stroll along the aisles when the seatbelt sign is off.

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