Dec 01, 2017
Posted by: Daniel Walker

10 unique ways to entertain yourself on a long haul flight

Long haul flights can be extremely boring if you’re not ready for them. To help you prepare for your upcoming long flight we have compiled a list of 10 unique ways to entertain yourself on a long haul flight. There are hundreds of things you can do to entertain yourself on a plane and there is ample amounts of movies and tv shows to watch on your screens. But, for this article we wanted to steer clear of the in-flight entertainment options, instead opting for things we can take on board with us.

Entertaining yourself on a long haul flight

1. Colouring in books

Remember how fun it was to do colouring in when you were a kid? Well, it turns out it is still fun as an adult. Buy a small colouring-in book and some cheap crayons or pencils and this could keep you entertained for quite some time.

2. Draw

With those same pencils, just draw. Who said it had to be artistic? Just draw and sketch for the sake of doing it. Just draw whatever comes to your head and let your imagination run wild.

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3. Read a book or ebook

Bring a book with you, or download an ebook and read that. Reading is really great and depending on the length of your book you may even get through most of it, if not all of it while you’re in flight.

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4. Plan your trip

Why not do some last minute planning for your upcoming trip. Start planning out your days and what you’re going to be doing. If you have already sorted most of it out, why not start planning your next trip?

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5. Play a Nintendo DS

Playing Pokemon was fun as a kid and is still fun now. Buy the latest Pokemon game or restart one of your older ones and see how far into the game you can get before the end of your 10-hour flight. Pokemon has an infinite amount of things to do, it is virtually impossible to finish the game. So, play it for the entirety of your flight, if you can, and you will kill a lot of time. If you don’t have a Nintendo DS you can also use a PSP or download some mobile apps.

6. Start documenting

Why not start to document your trip? Start writing in a diary or journal, or start blogging, or pick up a camera and start vlogging. Why not do a combination of all of them? You can talk about your excitement, the boredom of your long flight, the food you ate and the view out your window. Anything is fine, there is no right or wrong. Even if you don’t make any of these things public, they will be great to look back on in time. They will bring back great memories. Looking back and seeing what you were doing and thinking at that moment in time is something pretty special.

7. Audiobooks and podcasts

Before you leave, download some audiobooks and/or podcasts. Whether you want to listen to your favourite book or listen to a motivational podcast, true crime or even a Simpsons themed podcast, there is a podcast out there for you and your interests.

8. Sudoku, crosswords

Sudoku and crossword puzzles will rack your brain, make you think and keep you occupied for a while. Start off with the easy ones and work your way up to the more advanced ones. These brain training games can be played on a mobile app, in the games section of the in-flight entertainment or in a hardcover book.

9. Write a budget

Start writing out a budget on how much you want to spend wherever you are going. Having a budget will help you to keep track of your expenses and hold yourself accountable. A written budget will help you to stay on top of your money and you will be more likely to stick to it.

entertain yourself on a long haul flight

10. Meditate

Meditation will help you to relax on your flight and will even chop down sometime so your 10 flight feels more like 3 hours. 

Thanks for reading 10 unique ways to entertain yourself on a long haul flight. How do you keep yourself occupied on a long haul flight? Let us know in the comment section below.


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Daniel Walker - Author

Daniel Walker is an Australian landscape photographer, blogger, outdoor enthusiast and travel addict originally from western Sydney, now residing in Melbourne, Victoria.

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