As an Australian, it is pretty much a necessity to have to travel long distances to get anywhere in the world. In this article, I really wanted to talk about how to survive a long-haul flight in economy class. We can’t all afford to travel in business class, most of us opt for economy class so here is a list of our tips on how to survive a long-haul flight in economy class.
Surviving a long-haul flight in economy class
Get your entertainment sorted
Before you even leave for the airport make sure you get your entertainment in order. Pack your newest book, download tv shows and movies to your tablet, phone or laptop and prepare your music, e-books and Podcasts which are the best form of entertainment. All these things will make the flight go much quicker. You might also want to bring a Nintendo DS or a colouring-in book and get your camera ready to start taking photos and videos. Long haul flights are also a perfect time to get stuck into some unfinished work.
Stock up on snacks
You are guaranteed at least one meal on a long-haul flight but if you are anything like me you will probably get hungry before and after service has finished. Take some snacks with you to munch on, airline food isn’t always that great anyway. When I am bored I tend to entertain myself temporarily by eating. Having snacks at my disposal helps to eliminate my boredom for a short period. Packing healthy snacks is also a great way to stay healthy and feeling good.
Drink plenty of water
Drinking water is always important, especially while flying. Take an empty, refillable water bottle with you and fill it up once you have made it through security. Continue to take in those fluids to keep hydrated. Try and avoid caffeine and alcohol, as they will just dehydrate you.
Sitting in the same position for long periods of time is not only uncomfortable but is also not good for your health. Keep those legs moving, walk around the cabin every couple of hours. Walking around the cabin is important for blood flow. Sitting for long periods of time can also increase your chances of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).
Stretch the body
Walking around the cabin is important, but so is stretching your legs. While you are walking around, stretch out those arms and legs in the aisle. You can and should also do stretches while sitting down, in particular, your legs. Neck rolls, ankle rolls, twists (grab the armrest with both arms and twisting), leg extensions and lastly, placing your foot on your opposite knee to make the shape of a four then bend your chest down. These are all simple stretches that can be done while seated, they will help to keep your blood flowing and will help you feel great when you get off the plane.
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Get comfortable and get as much sleep as possible
Sleeping on a plane can be really difficult. Getting a full eight-hour sleep is pretty unlikely because it is hard to get comfortable, but several short bursts of sleep will definitely help. The more sleep you get the quicker the flight will go. Get into comfortable, loose clothing, take your shoes off, cover yourself with a blanket, an eye mask and some noise cancellation earphones or earplugs and put your seat back.
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