How to Stay Comfortable in a Long-haul Flight

How to Stay Comfortable in a Long-haul Flight

If you’ve ever been in a long haul flight with United Airlines, you know that it can be tiring, inconvenient, scary and even unbearable if you don’t plan your journey properly. To ensure you stay comfortable and relaxed during your flight, here are some tips to keep in mind:

1. Buy your plane tickets way ahead of time.

Not only will you be able to find cheaper tickets, you’ll also be able to choose better seats if you book early.

2. Use those air miles or points to get an upgrade.

If you have accumulated points or miles, use it towards an upgrade to business class. Flying in style is never a bad idea especially for 12 hour trips.

3. Sit in the back.

If you can’t upgrade or get the seats in the front, go for the seats in the back so you’ll get more leg room and it’ll be less noisy as well. That is, unless you suffer from motion sickness.

4. Check in early.

International flights have earlier check-in times than domestic. Be sure to get to the airport early and anticipate long lines at the security checks and check-in counter. If possible, download the airline’s app and check-in online.

5. Don’t pack too many items in your carry-ons.

Overpacking is only going to tire you out from having to carry a heavy bag at the airport. Pack only what you need in your carry-on bag and put the rest in your checked baggage.

6. Strategize to avoid jet lag.

If you’re flying to Europe, Asia or Australia, you need to take steps to help you avoid jet lag. Adjust your sleep patterns a day or two ahead of your trip. For example, you might want to sleep a few hours later or earlier so you can start adjusting your body clock. So if you arrive to your destination at 8AM, be sure to sleep for at least 6-7 hours before your plane lands. That way you don’t end up sleepy on your first day.

7. Bring your own pillow.

One of the things you need to have a comfortable long-distance travel is a small neck pillow. Get a firm, good quality one so you don’t strain your neck.

8. Bring a noise-canceling headphone.

If you want to make your trip as enjoyable as possible, you want to be able to block out the noise coming from loud passengers, crying babies, lavatory doors opening and closing, etc. Get high quality earphones – believe me, it’s worth it!

9. Keep your seatbelts on throughout your flight.

I know it can be uncomfortable wearing the seatbelts throughout your long haul flight but hear me out. If you plan to sleep for the majority of your flight, you don’t want to be awakened by flight attendants who check the cabin to make sure everyone is buckled up in case there’s turbulence.

10. Bring an eye mask.

One way to help you sleep during your flight is to bring an eye mask.

11. Dress in layers.

While dressing to impress is not necessary, your outfit should be presentable without sacrificing comfort. Bring layers in case the cabin gets too cold. Knits, wraps, cashmere sweaters and stretch pants are always a good idea for long haul trips.

12. Bring your own entertainment.

This can be books, ebooks, movies, podcasts – whatever it is that will help you pass the time. Nothing can be worse than sitting in a cramped seat with nothing to do.

13. Bring snacks.

Flight attendants serve meals every 4-6 hours but if you get hungry in between, you better have some snacks in your carry on like dried fruits or granola so you’ll stay nourished.

14. Be nice to the crew.

Doing this will increase your chances of preferential treatment, plus it never hurts to be nice.

15. Enjoy the flight.

Relax, have fun, ask for a glass of wine (or beer), say hi to your seatmate and keep a positive frame of mind. Sometimes, the key to a comfortable and uneventful flight is to actually make an effort to enjoy it right from the get-go.

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