You’ve been looking forward to your vacation all year. Planned your itinerary to the T and saved money by booking your trip well in advance. The last thing you want to do is have a miserable flight! Some things are unavoidable, like being seated next to a screaming baby. But if you prepare and pack accordingly you will have a better chance of walking off your long haul flight ready for your next adventure.
You don’t snooze you lose
Some may suggest to tire yourself out so you can sleep on the plane, but rarely will you get a full 8 hours of un-interrupted rest. Think about it, you’re in an upright position, there are loud noises everywhere and depending on your seat you may get asked to get up a ton of times by that woman with a weak bladder. So getting your sleep the night before will ensure you to be well rested by the time you land.
Lift things up and put them down
Your flight is going to be hours and hours long, with very little movement. If you hit the gym the night before, you will be prepared for those eating out of boredom moments and you’ll feel better in general
Pay up or suck up
Avoid that inner mental breakdown of getting stuck in the middle seat and shall out a little extra dough to pick a seat you prefer. Window seats have a nice option to rest your head on the side, and also have a sneak peak of your destination.
Get in the zone
Remember that screaming kid sitting next to you situation? Well having noise cancelling headphones are a life saver in those moments! And I recommend spending a few extra dollars on a decent pair! For more must have travel gadgets: http://goo.gl/FBlMXY
Skip the Buzz
As tempting as it is to have a few glasses of wine to relax during your flight, it is wise to skip it. For starters alcohol leaves you dehydrated and not feeling your best, not to mention one too many will leave you with a headache or hangover and that’s definitely not a way to start your vacation.
For Your Entertainment
Make sure to have movies and games fully downloaded to your laptop or phone. Some budget airlines now don’t even provide a movie on long-haul flights so make sure you bring your own! Not to mention all the necessary chargers.
Extra comfort goes a long way
You know those funny looking neck pillows? Well who cares how funny you look if you can get some much needed rest. Even a footrest can go a long way, anything to keep you comfortable and off the cranky meter by the time you deplane!
If you’re not fortunate to fly where they provide amenity kits, make sure to bring your own. Those french onion chips you had for lunch may leave your breath a little rough, be kind to your neighbor and brush your teeth and freshen up! And after hours of stuck on a stuffy plane you will want to freshen up a bit, but make sure all items are travel sized!
Leave the diva at home when you are traveling many miles, you’re never going to see these people again. Tight jeans and high heels will be extremely uncomfortable in already tight quartered planes. Go for the convos and multiple layers. I’ve experienced hot stuffy planes to freezing cold, it’s best to prepare for both.
When the stewardess walks by with the snack cart, ask for two cups of water, or better yet bring a bottle. Yes you might make more bathroom trips but staying hydrated has way more benefits.
Now you should be prepared and ready to book your next flight! For ways to get cheap flights: http://goo.gl/JJtzCi