You’re going to be jammed into an aluminium tube with 500 strangers, confined to a 76cm x 91cm space for 18 hours. So let’s face it, a long flight is unlikely to be one of the most comfortable parts of your holiday.
Here are 5 tips to ease the pain on your next long haul flight:
1. Book a decent seat
Most airlines allow you to select your seat well in advance of the flight through their website.
Bulkhead seats and seats in the emergency-exit row are usually quite popular, but besides giving you extra leg room they are right by the toilets and the legroom in the seat nearest the side of the plane is compromised because part of the door juts out.Bulkhead seats are also good as there is no one in front of you to recline a seat into your space. But it is also the row most often used by parents with babies.
If you have time, check out Seat Guru which provides annotated guides to seat locations, pitches, plans and entertainment systems for the world’s airlines.
2. Fly east to west
This will work only if you are travelling around the world, but it is a strategy worth considering for those flying from Europe to Australia, when a round-the-world ticket may be the same price as a normal return, or only slightly more expensive.
If you do circumnavigate in this way, you will avoid the worst effects of jet lag. Flying east to west means that your body adjusts more easily to the new time zone and you can sleep in for longer.
3. Break the journey
For any flight more than12 hours, you are likely to have to change planes during the journey or disembark while the plane refuels. You can usually break the journey at no extra cost. If you have time, this is a chance to get some sleep and make the journey more bearable. It can also be an opportunity for sightseeing.
4. Stay Healthy
Forget alcohol, and avoid caffeine. The main contributor to jet-lag is dehydration. Whenever you see the fli
ght attendant, ask for water! You may also consider having Hydralyte to help you stay hydrated. tent to have 2 tablets every 5 hours flight.
To help with eye hydration you can get Eye mist, such as Murine Eye Mist, which provide immediate relief, hydrating and restoring the natural tear film, specially if you wear contact lenses. To use, just spray onto your closed eyelids, you can do this several times during a flight.
Make sure you boost your immune system by taking a supplement, like the Frequent Flyer Health Boost. This helps you to have all the vitamins and minerals you need to stay well.
I always fly with a saline nasal spray, and I use it regularly throughout the flight, from soon after take-off to help me to avoid nasal congestion and sinus!
Make sure you move plenty! Walk up and down the aisles!
5. Manage Your Jet Lag
Jetlag is inevitable, especially for travellers departing or arriving in Australia, as it is around a 30 hour flight journey over to Europe!
Make sure you adjust your sleep patterns to the ones of your destination. Jetlag Rooster (FREE) is a great app to assist you with this.