How to Survive a Long Haul Flight

Let’s get to the point. Long haul flights suck, but they are unfortunately a necessary evil in some cases. So here’s how to maintain your health, sanity and comfort the next time you find yourself up in the skies!

1. Keep warm

Bring socks: I usually bring multiple pairs of trainer socks- big fuzzy socks can make me feel a bit gross after a long time. This applies for everything: thin layers are your friend. Also, bring a pashmina to use as a makeshift blanket.

Me: artist's representation
Me: artist’s representation

2. Bring a podcast or audiobook

My personal favourite podcasts are Serial, everything by The Motley Fool, and There’s No Such Thing as Fish. There’s also one called Game of Drones which is essentially a guy talking very lethargically about Game of Thrones episodes, with the distinct intention of getting you to sleep. Which brings me on to my next point…

3. Try to get some sleep

I bring sleeping pills, but a strong antihistamine works the trick too. Wine probably won’t help you get a very deep sleep (speaking from experience) and may leave you groggy. An eye mask and ear plugs will also work wonders for your circadian rhythm.

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4. Hydrate

Drink lots of water. I add effervescent vitamin tablets to avoid getting sick.

5. Avoid airplane food

I always find it too heavy, and would rather bring a ton of snacks. That being said, the breakfast chocolate muffin is always my treat for surviving the 11 hours!

Absolute dream snacks
Absolute dream snacks

6. Clean Everything

I look like a crazy person, but I anti-bac my hand, and then use an anti-bac wipe on my tray table, armrests etc. You’d be surprised to know how little these are clean.

7. Divide Your Time

If you can’t sleep, plan activities to keep you occupied. Break up the 10+ hours into manageable, hour-long chunks. I do this by doing my beauty routine, watching a movie, eating a snack, and reading a book. I get much less claustrophobic when I don’t think about an uninterrupted 10-hour stint of looking at the tray table in front of me.

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8. Pack Medication

You never know what could happen, and who wants to be stuck on a long haul flight with a headache or indigestion? You can never be sure that they’ll have what you need on the plane, plus it’s nice to be able to help out fellow passengers should something happen. Another note: pack a supply of any prescription medications with you in your carry on, just in case your baggage gets lost.

9. Freshen Up

Bring wet wipes and gum. Or a toothbrush and toothpaste if you have space. Even if you didn’t sleep and therefore don’t have the horrific morning breath, these will help you feel much fresher.

10. Support Your Back

I always use the airplane pillow as lumbar support. Otherwise, you’ll end up with aches and pains in the next few days that you just can’t put your finger on. This trick has saved me a world of pain! That, and stretching. Stretch people!

Thats all for now!

Lots of love

Pippa

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