Long haul travel is a necessary evil for those who wish to some of the world’s furthest flung places, but that doesn’t mean that the journey itself is going to be anything like the exciting destination to which you are headed. In fact, long haul travel is tough, it is tough on the body and the mind, and it can be hard to keep your sanity when you are packed into a plane for upwards of 12 hours.
If you are planning a long haul trip, there are some measures which you can take in order to preserve your sanity, and enjoy your journey through the skies.
There can be a temptation when you are traveling long haul, to load up on free booze in order to snooze you way through your journey, this is however, something which you should look to avoid. Spending such a long time at high altitude can have a negative impact on the body, you can get dehydrated easily which will leave you lacking energy, you brain function slows down and your skin can begin to feel dry. Adding alcohol to the mix might help you nod off, but over the long term it will do far more damage leaving you feeling tired and uncomfortable.
During a long haul flight, sleeping can really be a saviour for you and you can speed through the journey if you nod off and miss a few hours of it. Falling asleep on a plane is not always easy with cold air pumping through the flight, noisy children and neighbours to deal with, plus the fact that no plane seat is comfortable enough to properly sleep. To help you rest and save your energy, take some earplugs to block out the noise, and an eye mask to block out the light. Add a pillow to the mix and you are in the best position possible to catch some Zs.
Entertainment is definitely your friend when it comes to staying in a good mood during your long haul flight, so choose carefully. Spending the whole flight watching movies is going to leave you feeling like a zombie, so try to switch up the entertainment. Allocate yourself some time to watch a movie, listen to some music, read a book or play some games. Whatever you do is up to you, just make sure that you keep it varied.
Part of the reason people get off the plane feeling grim after a long haul flight is because they have been in the same spot for a huge period of time. In order to avoid this, and ailments such as DVT, make sure that you take every opportunity to get up and move around. Whether it is a toilet break, a trip for water or even just a wander around the perimeter of the plane, whenever you get a chance (assuming you don’t have a sleeper blocking your path) make sure that you get up and stretch your legs and body.
Try these out the next time you fly long haul, and keep that smile on your face.