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10 Ways to Make a Long Flight Easier

Whether you're traveling for work or fun, there's not a lot you can do to make a long flight super fun.

But, there are things you can do to make yourself comfy during the long trip. Check out these 10 travel tips to help you survive your next long journey.

1: Stay away from big meals.

It's best to avoid eating big meals before or during your flight. They're harder for your body to digest and might make it tough to fall asleep. Also, feeling bloated can make you uncomfortable in the air, making it harder to be at ease in your seat.

2: Choose your snacks wisely.

Opt for nutritious, carbohydrate-rich foods like wholegrain bread and oatmeal to maintain lower blood sugar levels, helping you manage jet lag more easily. Another healthy snack option is protein-rich bites. Bring along cheese, yogurt, or even protein bars to boost your energy and keep you feeling full for an extended period.

3: Drink plenty of water.

Health professionals suggest staying well-hydrated, particularly with water, during the flight as air travel can be extremely dehydrating. Additionally, maintaining hydration can aid in preventing 'flight flu' upon arrival.

4: Limit your caffeine intake.

Steer clear of excessive coffee or tea consumption; it can keep you awake, cause dehydration, and lead to feelings of restlessness, anxiety, or difficulty relaxing.

5: Dress in comfortable clothes.

We've all been on those long flights where you go from feeling freezing to sweating and back. Wearing loose-fitting clothes and a couple of breathable layers can help you handle the temperature changes during the flight and between the airport terminal and the aircraft. Plus, nobody wants to spend seven hours with a belt cutting into their midriff.

6: Comfy shoes.

During flights, your ankles and feet often swell due to prolonged sitting with your feet on the floor. Therefore, be mindful of your choice of shoes. To alleviate foot swelling on a long flight, regularly flex and extend your legs while seated. Change positions and take short walks every couple of hours, if possible.

7: Get some rest.

Take a nap, even if it's a short one. It might be challenging on a crowded plane, but there are simple things you can do to help: use a neck pillow, wear an eye mask, and use earphones or earplugs to block out light and noise that could disturb your sleep and cause stress.

8: Pick a seat that suits you.

Opting for a premium seat by paying a bit more can significantly enhance your overall travel experience—just imagine the extra legroom! If it's beyond your budget, consider selecting an aisle seat for the freedom to stand and stretch regularly. Alternatively, if you prefer a supportive wall for sleeping, go for a window seat. This choice will also shield you from disturbances caused by beverage carts or other passengers heading to the bathroom.

9: Find ways to keep yourself entertained.

Books, tablets, and magazines are great for passing the time on a long flight. It's also an opportunity to catch up on the latest episodes of your favorite shows or listen to your new Spotify playlist. Just be sure to download any online content to your device beforehand so you don't have to pay for in-flight Wi-Fi.

10: Maintain a positive mindset.

Traveling can be stressful and tiring, but it's rewarding once you reach your destination. Stay positive, and rather than dreading the flight, find ways to make good use of this time.


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