Now that we’re a little bit more prepared for coping with some of the general anxieties of flying, it’s time to get a little bit more specific, and address some of the stressors associated with long-haul flights, and how to deal with them. No one likes to be stuck on a plane for any amount of time, do they? Well, now that you’ve got a 10 hour flight ahead of you, you’ve also got our suggestions and tips on how to best prepare for, and make the most of, your long-haul flight. Keep reading for more!
Know Your Airline
How incredibly important this is! It is so important to know your airline, and it’s also important to look up what kind of play you’ll be on, so that you’ll know what is offered on it. For example, are there movies offered? There usually are for long-haul flights, but you’ll know for sure when you take the time to look things up! What kind of food do they offer on the flight? Avoid unnecessary stress, by being prepared in advance. A call to the airline itself won’t hurt. This way, you’ll know what you’re in for, and if you need to purchase a few items to eat on your flight once you’ve made it through security at the airport, then you can do so. You’re also going to want to know what kinds of standard services are offered at no charge, and which you will need to pay for. For example, does your airline offer blankets, headphones? Do they charge for these items? It’s always best to take a look before you
Plan And Pack Accordingly
You’re obviously headed far from home, so be sure that you put the time and effort into packing everything you will need in your checked luggage. Check ahead, and know about where you’re headed. To get more specific though, it’s now time to focus on your carry-on luggage. There is never a time more important to carefully plan what you pack on your carry-on, than when you are gearing up to take a long-haul flight. Leave what you don’t need behind, as it will only get in your way when you’re trying to find the essentials while you’re in the air. Keep it very simple, and keep it concise!
Prepare For The Little Things
You’re going to want to make sure that you have the little things looked after. Do you have a good book to read? If the airline doesn’t offer free earphones, have you packed your own? Do you have a neck rest? Did you pack earplugs? You might think it sounds silly to worry about something as small as earplugs, but you’re guaranteed to change your mind about that in a hurry, if you end up sitting anywhere near a crying baby. It’s also a good idea to pack a tablet or laptop so that you can watch movies. Even though most long-haul flights do offer them, it’s not unheard of for there to be technical issues with the movie service once you’re in the air, and you’ll be very glad that you brought your (fully charged) tech device with you, should this happen. Make sure that you also have a sweater and/or small blanket with you as well. It gets chilly up there!
Pack The Right Things In Your Carry-On
Or more importantly, don’t pack the wrong things. If it’s liquid, sharp, or a styling appliance – pack it in your checked luggage. It is incredibly important to consider these things, because if you don’t, you’re going to have a terrible time getting through security, and you’re more than likely going to end up having to throw out (for example) a bottle of your favorite shampoo/conditioner, or whatever it may be, before they allow you to pass though. Definitely not an ideal way for you to begin your travels.
Bring Your Best Attitude
Enough can not be said to stress the importance of this. A good attitude is definitely the most important thing that you can bring on board with you. Remember, no one likes sitting on a plane for any longer than they have to, so be one of the smiling faces on board the aircraft, as opposed to one of the grumpy and dissatisfied ones. This is guaranteed to make all of the difference in the world when it comes to the your experience, and the experience of the people sitting around you. Prepare for the little things, bring your smile with you, and have a great long-haul flight!