Planning to travel? Don’t start your holiday exhausted! Long haul flights can play havoc with sleep, skin and our moods. Not all of us are lucky enough to travel first class. So if you have to travel ‘cattle’ class here are some tips to survive a long haul flight.
I love to travel however, living in Australia means travelling for many hours to get to destinations in Europe and the United States. Long flights certainly affect my skin, sleep and body clock, so I’ll share my tips with you.
1. Comfort before Style
There was a time when travelling people would wear their ‘Sunday best’ however times have changed and we don’t have to be uncomfortable when we travel. Sure you can be stylish but comfort should take priority when choosing what to wear.
Long haul flights usually involve sleeping (if you are lucky enough to be able to sleep on a plane), however travelling in clothes are too tight or made from fabric that creases easily is not the way to go. At the end of the flight you will literally look like you have slept in them.
Loose, comfortable trousers and tops are the way to go.
2. Wear Slip On Shoes
Your feet tend to swell when you fly so as soon as I’m settled off come the shoes! Select shoes that are easy to slip on and off. Another bonus is that in some airports you have to take off your shoes before walking through security so it is far easier to have slip ons than grappling with shoelaces.
3. Keep well hydrated with water
Avoid headaches and dry skin by drinking water regularly to keep well hydrated. The airlines are happy to provide water so make sure you are drinking water every hour.
4. Limit your alcohol – you can party when you arrive
This should be obvious, however go easy on the alcohol which will dehydrate you and make you feel tired and lethargic. Sure a celebratory champagne adds to the excitement of the holiday but limit your alcohol intake. Apart from the physical affects of too much alcohol, we have all seen those obnoxious passengers who have had one too many – I’m sure you don’t want that reputation as you start your holiday!
5. Be Active
If you can, try to get an aisle seat which makes moving around easier. If not, you still need to try to walk around the plane and do some stretching. If you don’t want to disturb the person next to you, at least do some feet and ankle exercises to assist the blood flow. Some people wear compression tights especially if they could be susceptible to deep vein thrombosis.
6. Carry a lightweight jumper
Although blankets are provided I usually carry a lightweight jumper as it can get quite cool on the plane.
7. Pack essentials
Lost luggage or long delays? Avoid unnecessary inconvenience by packing these items in your carry on luggage:
- a change of clothes, underwear and toiletries
- Medications – Don’t forget a letter from your doctor as some countries are very particular about what medications can be taken through customs.
- Phone & Ipad Chargers
- Earphones – the ones they provide on flights never fit me!
DON’T GO OVER THE LIMIT WITH YOUR CARRY ON. One thing that really bugs me when flying is that people take advantage of the carry on luggage and certainly go over the limit. Then they use up your space in the overhead locker. Okay – whining over!
8. Help with Sleeping
If you aren’t a good sleeper at the best of times a long haul flight can be a killer. See your doctor before leaving home and they may prescribe some sleeping tablets to help.
9. Freshen Up before you land
Forget the makeup, just wear mosturiser and use it throughout the flight. Before you land freshen up and you will feel ready to enjoy your holiday.
10. Connecting flights
If you have a few hours between connecting flights some airports offer massages, showers even hotel rooms for a short stay period so try to take advantage of these.
11. Make your first day a rest day
After a long haul flight, factor in an extra day to rest and recharge. Travelling is tiring and you want to feel your best rather than feeling exhausted.
What do you do to survive a long haul flight?