Long-haul flights are BRUTAL! Especially when you’re in economy. As ecstatic as I am to go Hong Kong, the thought of having to endure that 14 hour long flight definitely dims the excitement a little.
Well, that’s the price I have to pay because we all know what awaits at the other end and it’s WAY WORTH IT. Still… it doesn’t mean there isn’t a way to make things a little better. After 15+ years of doing this flight at least twice a year to Asia, plus all the travels I must do, I am proud to say – I GOT THIS DOWN! And today, I’m going to share my top 7 tips on how to survive a long-haul flight with you.
DRESS COMFORTABLY + LAYERS
Sweats or comfortable pants
Shoes that are easy to put on/ take off.
I don’t care how good looking those jeans are… NO! I’m not saying wear your PJs, there are very cute outfits you can put together that provides comfort.
You might be cold – bring a scarf. I NEVER get on a plane without a scarf.
Dude next to you might snore – noise cancelling headphones will save you!
Someone around you sound like they have a cold – take Vitamin C before board.
Facial Tissue – how long can you hold a sneeze because sometimes it takes AGES before the flight attendant comes over.
Pen – there’s always a form to fill.
Snacks – just cause.
External Charger for your devices. LIFE SAVER!
BRING A BAG WITH A ZIPPER
I learned this the hard way.
First, you always want to have easy access to the items mentioned above. Even when I have room in my carry-on, I still make sure certain items are in a separate bag, stowed away under the seat. But one time I decided to bring this super gorgeous designer tote with me….I loved it until that moment when I had to play treasure hunt in the dark 5 hours into my flight when everything fell out. SO STUPID.
Most airlines got you covered on this with a great selection of movies in all languages, video games, music…etc, but just in case you’re flying
United some crappy airline – bring a good book, magazine, or your tablet loaded with your favorite shows.
CREATE A SLEEP INVITING SPACE
This is where you’ll be “spending the night”. I never travel without my travel pillow and my scarf which becomes my blanket. Some of my friends can’t stand light, so they bring a mask. So bring something that can help you create a comfortable space to help you fall asleep.
STICK TO YOUR NIGHT + MORNING ROUTINE
You can’t sleep without telling your mind and body that you’re going to sleep. Once you get on the plane, you should do what you do before you go to bed. If you wear contacts, take them off. If you have makeup on, clean your face with face wipes. I also like to bring those self heating eye masks to help me feel relaxed.
An hour to 2 hours before landing, I usually start to freshening up. Put your contacts or glasses back on. Wash your face with a wipe or spray your face with some moisturizing mist. I also love facial sheet masks because my skin tends to get pretty dry on the plane. Then put on some makeup so you’re ready to conquer the world once you land!
I discovered this from taking a Benadryl for my allergies once. I ended up passed out for 7 hours on the plane! It was sublime! Since I don’t usually take sleeping aids, I decided to try ZzQuil. It’s not as strong as your usual sleeping aid but it does the job.
But please, do check with your doctor if you have never taken any sleeping aids or have allergies to certain medication.
You must’ve noticed that I basically try to sleep as much as I can on the plane. This is actually one of my secrets to surviving jetlag!
I know there are loads of tips on surviving long-haul flights out there. It is because everyone is different. We all have different things that help us relax – which is the goal. It’s good that you’re doing your research because soon you’ll find a set of rules that will help you survive all of your long-haul flights!
BUT PLEASE keep in mind – packing all the essentials doesn’t meant you have to bring everything though. I can bring what I need to be prepared for a long flight but still pack light. You should too! Here’s why.
What are the things that you like to do to help you on these flights? Are there anything you think it’s crucial that’s not on my list? Please share!