Essential tips and must haves for your next long haul flight


Planning a trip to the other side of the world is exciting. The 12 plus hour flight times, however, can be a bit daunting, especially if you are flying coach. For myself, after hour 9, I begin to get a bit stir crazy and begin to wonder how on earth the plane is still even up in the air. Below you will find some tips and products that will help make your long flight more comfortable. 

Choosing the best airline

Sometimes a $200 fare to Thailand is a great deal; other times it might end up being a bus with wings. While finding a super low price on a flight is essential, make sure the airline you choose has the amenities you want and decent reviews. You don’t want to be on a fifteen hour flight with 2 TVs for the entire plane.

Two of my favorite carriers for long trips: Cathay Pacific and Eva Air

You’re going to want your own t.v. on a long flight and definitely not the middle seat if you are going solo.

You’re going to want your own t.v. on a long flight and definitely not the middle seat if you are going solo.

Selecting the right seat

I will never understand how travelers wait until the last minute to choose where there are sitting. It’s the first thing I do if it’s possible. For some flight deals, you can’t do this, but if it’s available, do it as soon as possible. You don’t want to be stuck in the middle unless that’s your favorite spot.

I am an aisle person and found the ideal seat are the rows in the middle. There is a higher chance that the person in the middle and the other aisle seat may know one another, which means less getting up when two others need to.

That’s me in Italy. Just kidding. I wish!

That’s me in Italy. Just kidding. I wish!

Getting a jump on jet lag

Years ago, my friend gave me a packet of No Jet Lag. I was a bit skeptical but was open to trying anything. The year before I had gone to Italy, and almost fell asleep in my bowl of spaghetti. No joke. This homeopathic pill with all-natural ingredients has been my best friend ever since. You take one pill when you take off, then one every two hours until you land. If you are sleeping, take it as soon as you wake up. It has worked so well for me that I set alarms on my phone so I don’t forget. 

Once I am at my destination, I try to stay up as late as I can. Usually, until 7 pm ha! Then I take Natrol Melatonin which is an all-natural sleep aid, geared towards getting your circadian rhythm back in sync.

This stuff will make you feel like you’re in 1st class.

This stuff will make you feel like you’re in 1st class.

Staying hydrated

It’s no secret airplanes suck all of the moisture out of the air. Drinking tons of water will not only help you to stay hydrated but will help with jet lag as well. Make sure you pack your favorite reusable water bottle so that you can fill up on the plane which makes it easier than having to get up or call an attendant over. 

My other must haves to avoid looking like Gollum when I land:

Staying comfortable

Some airlines, give you pillows and blankets for long haul flights, even in coach. But double check to be sure. Here is a list of the things I can’t fly without:

  • Pillow and eye mask

    Essential if you are trying to get some zzz’s. I love this pillow because it won’t fall off your shoulders and has excellent neck support. The eye mask will make you look like a bug, but it doesn’t smash your eyes, and you can’t see anyway if people are looking at you.

  • Noise-canceling headphones

    One of the best inventions for sleeping on a plane, in my opinion. I use mine along with a white noise app to help me sleep. Earbuds might be uncomfortable for some, while wireless ones need charging. See what’s best for your situation and grab a pair before you fly.

  • Compression Socks.

    Yeah I know, not the coolest and also, I hate socks of all kind; however, have you ever tried putting your shoes on after a flight and find they are way too tight? Not so fun. They help with circulation and preventing deep vein thrombosis, which can occur after long trips.

There you go! I hope you find these tips helpful. Let me know in the comments how you manage to stay comfortable on long flights. 

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