Long-haul flights can be a pain. If you are not a massive fan of flying, the idea of sitting in a chair for 14 hours is hell. However, there’re a number of ways you can make it easier on yourself. Here’s how to survive a long-haul flight!

Upgrade your seats 

Flying in business-class or first-class is so much better. That shouldn’t come as a surprise. But what might surprise you is that it is sometimes easy to upgrade your seats. When you arrive at the gate, ask if there are any opportunities to upgrade. Sometimes you will be able to upgrade for free. Other times, you will have to pay a fee. Either way, a more comfortable chair with extra legroom and champagne is worth it. 

Find your escapism 

The key to surviving a long-haul flight is finding a way to escape. You need to find an activity that completely distracts you. For some people, that’s putting on some headphones and watching a film. For others, it’s gambling at an online casino. When you find your escape, long-haul flights become a lot easier. 

Don’t carry too much stuff 

Keep your onboard luggage to a minimum. This will reduce stress and make it easy to access the things you need to keep you going. Most airlines provide refreshments, pillows, blankets, and eye masks. All you’ll need is a good book, a pair of noise-canceling headphones, and whatever else you need to get through the flight. 

Wear appropriate clothing

Wearing the right clothing will keep you comfortable throughout a long-haul flight. You should wear breathable fabrics (like cotton, silk, or linen), comfortable shoes, compression socks, and clothes with lots of pockets. It’s also a sensible idea to wear a few layers, so you can adjust your outfit to fit different climates. 

Consider a sleep aid

If you truly hate flying, you should consider a sleep aid. You can buy a lot of different over-the-counter sleeping aids that will help you drift off. They won’t knock you out completely but they will make it easier to fall asleep in the first place. This is a great tip if you have anxiety about flying. There’s nothing better than waking up and realizing you’re at your destination. 

Ask about seats at the gate

On some long-haul flights, all of the seats are taken. On others, there are whole rows with nobody on. If you ask at the gate, you may be able to change to an area of the plane with fewer people on. This could give you extra legroom and even allow you to lie down flat. It’s not always possible but it’s worth asking. 

Take care of your health

For some reason, lots of people stop thinking about their health as soon as they board a plane. However, if you want to feel comfortable on a long-haul flight, this isn’t the way to go about it. Drink plenty of water, eat healthy foods, and try some long-haul flight exercises to keep the blood pumping around your system. 

Richard Collett