Secrets To Surviving Long Flights

Secrets To Surviving Long Flights



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Traveling is something everyone in the world wants to do at some point. Seeing and experiencing the world is the number one thing on most people’s bucket lists. It is so exciting to see the world in a way you’ve never seen it before. But the one thing people dread about extensive, long distance travel is the unbearable flights. 

Whether your flight is 8 hours or 24 hours, not including layovers, here are the secrets to surviving long flights!

1. Book your flights in advance

Booking flights early gives you the opportunity to pick your seat. You also can usually find flights for a lot cheaper if you book them far in advance rather than last minute.

Book your flight in advance

2. Spend the extra buck on Premium economy

A step up from regular economy, Premium Economy might be a little bit more expensive, but it will be worth every dollar in the end. Extra seat space and priority check-in will make your trip that much easier.

Premium economy seats for traveling

3.Prepare for Jet lag

Jet lag is something that is pretty much inevitable. There are some ways to battle it though. Over the counter herbal sleep aids are a great way to help you fall asleep on the plane. You can also bring nighttime herbal tea with you in your carry on and ask for hot water once the plane is in the air. Teas are safe and natural, but of course check with your doctor before your trip to make sure it will work for you.

How to prepare for jet lag

4. Arrive to the airport early

The last thing you want is to be rushing through the long security lines and risking missing your flight. Keep in mind that most airlines state to arrive 3 hours early for international flights and 2 hours early for domestic flights.

arrive at the airport early

5. Bring your own pillow

Neck pillows are our favorite option because they are so easy to cart around and will save you on your long flights. Some flights offer pillows and blankets but they aren’t the most comfortable things in the world, and you never know if they have been cleaned.

Neck pillow for traveling

6. If your flight runs through daytime, bring an eye mask

They are really easy to get comfortable in and come in handy. A lot of the problem with jet lag is due to the incredible time changes.  Face masks help you to readjust your internal clock.

Eye mask for traveling

7. Movies and podcasts

Most international airlines have decent movies that you can choose from on your personal TV. If you are worried you won’t like any of the movies, download a few on your computer just to be sure. Another thing we love to do is downloading podcasts onto our devices. Podcasts are a great option for keeping your mind busy during long flights!

Movies and podcasts when flying

8. Stay hygienic

Planes can be a bit dirty so wash your hands often, bring travel size toiletries in your carry-on, and bring a spare change of clothes if you can.

wash hands when traveling

9. Pack snacks

Packing your own snacks will save you, in hunger and money. Especially for families with small children, snacks are an essential part of long term travel. Also bring empty water bottles through security with you so you can fill them up and save money on water during your travels.

Pack snacks when flying

10. Dress Appropriately

Wear loose fitting clothing that will be comfortable for you to be in for an extended amount of time. Cotton is a great option because it is breathable and easily layered if you tend to run on the cold side. Airplane cabin temperatures can fluctuate a lot, so try to wear a comfortable shirt and pants and bring a jacket with you for an extra pillow or in case you get cold.

How to dress for flying


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