In life, it is one of the best tips. For long plane trips, you don’t seem like a suitable phrase or maybe it was just invented before! The downside of living in such a wonderful world is that sometimes you have to make long flights reach some of its beauties. Especially if you do not travel in you will be very useful to our advice for long plane trips that will allow you to your health (eg, flights are harmful in this regard) and greatly improve your comfort!
Tips for long flights: Improve your travel comfort!
Prevention is better than cure. Yes, I know that when you book a flight you put them in order of price and immediately choose the cheapest one. But this is not always the best choice. If your flight (especially when it’s long) will compromise part of your holiday, saving a few dozen euros may not have been a smart move. In the choice also consider the type of aircraft because the new generation aircraft have not only more comfortable seating and better entertainment but also quieter engines and more advanced systems to mitigate the effect of altitude (such as cabin pressurizations equivalent to lower altitudes). Among the most comfortable are the Airbus A380 or A350 and the Boeing 787.
- Finally, if you are travelling in pairs in a group, the configuration of the seats (2-4-2 rather than 3-4-3 for example) could also be important because it could allow you not to find yourself sitting next to an unknown sumo wrestler but to reserve a group of seats in a row for you.
- The sooner you arrive the better, the better. If you can book your seat earlier, better, vice versa, at least try to be among the first to check-in online as soon as it is available. You can choose the best seat, whether you prefer to stay close to the corridor to move more freely or to the side of the window to be less disturbed and enjoy the views. To avoid air sickness, the best places are next to the window and near the wing. In this case, avoid the tail.
- Book a flight that arrives in the evening. The long flight gets tired, and probably once you get there you won’t want to do anything but sleep. If it’s possible, book a flight that arrives in the evening so that all you have to do is get to the hotel and throw yourself on the bed. This is also a great way to try to adapt immediately to any change in time zone.
- It’s not a wedding. I’m sorry to be a herald of bad news but the chance of meeting your soul mate on a long flight is very low so you need to dress up. So avoid heavy or tight clothes, and wear something very comfortable, pants that don’t tighten your waist, for example.
- You’ll probably sleep for part of the flight too. Pyjamas would be ideal, too bad you can’t wear them in public! A suit could be a good compromise, maybe with zippers in the pockets to prevent the objects inside from slipping away. Wear comfortable shoes and maybe disposable socks to walk barefoot.
- Suitable travel kit. Bring with you a neck pillow, perhaps inflatable to avoid taking up too much space, earplugs and mask: they could be useful to reconcile sleep. Buying them at the airport is notoriously very inconvenient. It is also important to have some electronic devices that can entertain you as an alternative to the one offered by the airline. Take some snacks with you. The meals offered may not be the best, and above all, perhaps because of the time zone, may come from hunger at any time. Finally, a snack break can also be a way to kill time. If you are suffering from air sickness, take ginger (in addition to any medication prescribed by your doctor for the most serious cases).
Tips for long air journeys: safeguard your health!
- Get ready first. Yes, I know that you are on holiday and do not want to break boxes. But the best thing to do for a good flight is to try to eat healthily and avoid alcohol and caffeine even the day before the flight.
- Keep moving. Everyone knows this by now, but few do. A little ‘gymnastics’ now and then during long flights is essential, especially for circulation. Of course, it is not a waterfront, but walking along the corridor is already something. When you are seated you can do simple exercises by lifting your heels or rotating your neck and shoulders, for example. These exercises are often indicated in magazines in the pocket in front of the seat.
- Drink as much as possible. Water is always free onboard so take advantage of it and try to stay hydrated. In-flight this is even more important than on the ground.
- Avoid alcohol. Maybe the advice from before could be misinterpreted… I know that sometimes alcohol is free on board, especially in business class. But try not to take advantage of it because at that altitude alcohol affects more than twice as much as on the ground.
- Hygiene. The plane is a closed system, with a single bathroom for many people and this promotes the spread of viruses and bacteria. Wash your hands often, maybe use a sanitizer for your hands. Try to keep the air fan on and keep it pointed in front of your face.