We all know that unless you are on the top floor of a 747 or A380, there’s not much you can do about being super comfortable during a 12+ hour flight.
But here at Infinite Legroom, we have a few hundred thousand miles of traveling under our belts, so through the years, we have picked up a few tips and tricks to help you survive that long ass flight – and to help you not feel like a cast member of The Walking Dead when you land.
Click through the guide on ‘How to Survive A Long Haul Flight + Other Travel Tips’
Before you even get to the airport, there are ways to make your whole flying experience more relaxing and enjoyable. When your airline offers it, always check in online, 24 hours before, assign your seat and see if any upgrades might be available.
Apps like Kayak and TripIt can help to organize all your itineraries into one spot – making it simple to check confirmation numbers and real time flight information.
Packing is a personal game, but it is so freeing to literally only travel with carry on. No baggage fees, a lighter load, no waiting at baggage claim and also no lost bags.
There’s also something cool about streamlining the items you need for your trip.
The beauty of being stuck in a tin can for a long period of time is that you can be free to watch movies, TV Shows and even listen to some long form playlists to bide your time.
Although some planes will soon be providing International Wi-Fi, for now you will have to rely on what you have downloaded pre flight. So get that iPad or laptop set before you take off. You can also pack an extra battery or charging device in case you drain power. You may be lucky enough to have outlets on your flight – in that case, plug in and power up.
Eats and Dranks
On long haul or International flights, the food and alcohol is usually free – which is a great start. But don’t use the fact that you’re getting free booze, make you over indulge. Hangovers are bad enough after a big night out on the ground, let alone after a 14 hour trans-continental flight. Have drinks with dinner, but then try to take a break during the middle of the flight.
Same goes with overly heavy foods via the snack cart. Stay away from a ton of carbs and sodium via the airline meal by packing a snack to bring with you or alternately see if your airline offers ‘dine up’ options – where you can purchase a meal from business class for around $20.
Let's get physical
Who said you shouldn’t move around and stretch a little during a long haul flight. It’s actually recommended by majority of doctor’s due to all kinds of crappy side effects from being in a pressurized cabin.
Stretching and even just walking about the cabin can really help you with circulation.
Check out some more in depth Yoga style poses via CNN Travel.
Slip into something more comfortable
Cashmere is your best friend. Or something in a similar, soft and breathable fabric.
Think about the way you feel when you get into your PJ’s or sweats at home before hitting the sack for the night – why should your comfort level be any different on a plane?
If you are ballin’ and in first class, usually the airline provides you with luxury pajamas. Holla.
Oh and pack a pair of warm socks, there is nothing worse than your feet freezing and keeping you awake.
Get some Zzz's
Sleeping on a plane is not easy – we’ve even laid out a pretty detailed How To Sleep On A Plane guide for you before…
Take some Tylenol PM or Advil PM (something with a sleep aid) and generally your body will relax enough to sink into your seat and get into pass out mode.
Add some ear plugs or noise canceling headphones and you should be snoozing like a baby pretty soon.
Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate
Especially if you had some drinks with dinner – drink as much water as you possibly can.
We also recommend drinking a super hydrating coconut water before you get on the flight if you can.
For you eyes and skin, pack some non-medicated pure saline eye drops and some moisturizing serum for your face.
A lot of international carriers are offering self serve snack bars now where you can stock up on bottled water whenever you like.
Get in the zone
For super long haul flights – the key to avoid jet lag is to literally adjust to your country of origins time zone immediately. If you get on the flight and it’s midnight at your destination, try to nap asap. That way, you are already syncing your body into your new time zone.
Adjust your watch and your phone should automatically adjust with GPS