I’m sharing my long haul flight tips to help you arrive at your destination feeling refreshed and ready to go. Have you ever thought that having a well thought out plane travel routine is just as important as packing your suitcase with all your ‘essentials’?
It’s one thing to be organised before you depart on your well-deserved holiday. I have friends that have their suitcases packed one week prior to departure! Others, like my mum, is still packing at midnight for a 6am flight.
But your long haul flight routine doesn’t stop at packing. Now you need to prepare for a relaxing, enjoyable and stress free flight journey. Here are my tips of what I do that you might find helpful.
Before you even think about going to the airport, start getting your body’s time clock ready for the destinations time zone.
Now I know that this isn’t always practical. Some people are working right up until they are due to fly. In that case, simply start the time zone body retraining once you’re at the airport.
It might mean you have to manage to go to sleep once you board the flight and miss the first meal, but you will feel so much better when you arrive at the destination feeling refreshed with little jet lag.
Here’s another little tip that I use once I’m on the plane. I use a ‘tapping’ or acupressure technique to reset the body clock. Basically there is a pressure point on our body for each 2 hour period of the day that is more energised than other points. So you start tapping on the pressure point for the current destination time and continue following the clock by tapping the other pressure points until you get back to the current destination time.
You can find more details on how to use this system and download your own copy of the Jetlag Eliminator diagram at my blog how to avoid jetlag.
In this tapping process, you are starting to trick your body into the new time zone. I also used this method everytime I had to swap from day shift to night shift for my job. I found that my body adjusted much quicker than if I left it to do naturally.
I’ve tried the ‘lets get dressed up so we can score an upgrade to business class’ and dressing for the destinations weather – I wore shorts and tank top for my flight to Bali but froze on the plane 🙁
But after hundreds of flights, I eventually learnt that comfort is king. Who cares what I look like. Plus I have only ever scored one free business class upgrade and that was because the flight was overbooked (and I was wearing my backpacking gear!).
The essentials are:
It is well known that flying in planes dehydrates your body and skin. But I wonder how many people do look after their skin while on a plane.
You can keep your face and hands hydrated by the following ways:
Flight entertainment is quite limiting. Sometimes there is a small selection of music channels, which don’t always suit your taste in music. Some of the cheap, no frills airlines don’t offer any music entertainment or charge you for it.
Your best bet is to download your favourite music onto your phone, ipod/mp3 player or tablet. You may want soft, gentle music that will help you sleep, or perhaps loud, upbeat music to keep you awake. Meditation music is a good one for relaxing on a plane.
Whatever your tastes or aim, a week before you depart create your own playlist and download it onto your device of choice. Remember to pack your earbuds with you!
This is my favourite part of flying. I seem to find that I catch up on missed movies on the plane. I pick out all the movies I had wanted to see at the cinema but didn’t get a chance and binge watch them all on the flight.
This is particularly good on short haul flights or where there is a minimal time difference.
But on long haul flights, I still schedule in my sleep time as per the destination time zone. My first time flying from Australia to London, the jetlag was horrendous. Since doing time zone body retraining has helped heaps – no matter how good the movie is.
If we are talking about water, then YES, definitely drink lots of water. As we mentioned before, the pressurised cabin contributes to body dehydration. I hear that ginger beer is great too.
If we are thinking alcohol, then NO, because alcohol dehydrates your body further. Ooops, I can see all the shocked faces with their piercing eyes shooting me down! Please know, that I do love my wine, but not on the plane.
But I cannot make everyone stop drinking alcohol on a plane. That’s ultimately your choice. If you enjoy your alcoholic beverage on a flight, then back it up with a glass of water in between. Your body will thank you for it.
Sitting for long periods can reduce blood circulation flow which can result in numbness, tingling, cramps and even pain. Therefore, its important to keep the body parts moving while sitting on a long journey.
You may argue that its not so easy on a plane, bus or train, however, there are simple things we can do that helps:
These are just a few examples. Why not get creative!
A week before packing, create a checklist of what needs to be in your carry-on luggage to make your flight journey as comfortable as possible. So when it comes to that stressful time of packing your suitcase (especially if you have left it to the last minute), you can calmly check off your items on the list and enjoy your plane trip.
Here’s a few items to get you started in creating your list:
Remember not to make your carry-on luggage too heavy!! Each airline has its own weight restrictions.
There are many different techniques that help different people.
Comment below to share any long haul flight tips that work wonders for you? It may help someone else have a better and more pleasant flight.
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A travel gypsy by heart, having already been to over 70 countries and still counting. Founder of Travel Groove, to share travel tips, tricks and knowledge with other travellers.
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