Whether you’re flying hundreds of miles or just a few, travelling is no small feat. It can take a lot out of you physically, mentally, and emotionally. Be prepared for the worst so you can enjoy the best. If you are planning on taking a long-haul flight to a distant location, you want to make sure you have everything you need.
- Bring something that entertains you
For many of us, travel is not just a trip to a new destination but also a new experience of new things, new people, and new cultures. If you’re one of those people, I’ve got a great piece of advice for you: bring with you an entertaining book or movie. You’ll have a great time on the plane, you’ll look forward to the new places you’re going to visit, and you’ll be less likely to crave the familiar tastes and smells of home.
- Keep Hydrated
Whether you’re flying to a tropical paradise or a cold location, staying hydrated is important. It’s even more important if you’re travelling with family, friends, or co-workers because you’re going to be drinking a lot. It’s not enough to simply drink eight glasses of water per day because dehydrated bodies make more bodily waste (pee and poo) than hydrated ones. And even if you’re travelling on your own, you should probably drink more water; the average person needs about two litres of water per day for the average activity.
- Be kind and be prepared mentally
It’s better to pack light but know that there’s always a chance of a delay or change in your travel plans. So, it’s best to have your carry-on bag ready to go if you must check a bag. Long flights are no fun, but there are some things you can do to prepare mentally. When you fly for a long time, it can cause you to feel tired, stressed, and even sick. Long flights also tend to cause anxiety, which can make you feel even more fatigued and stressed. The key thing to remember is that even though you can’t control how your body feels, you can control how you react to it. Being kind to yourself can go a long way in making sure that your flights are as enjoyable as possible.
- Wear Comfortable Clothes
It is important to wear comfortable clothes while travelling because when you are on a long flight or any flight for that matter, you are bound to be uncomfortable for at least a few hours.
- Bring Earplugs, Sleep Mask and Travel Pillow
Flying can be a long haul, so try to take a nap and stay asleep to avoid jet lag. If you are uncomfortable sitting in your seat for the duration of the flight, use a travel pillow. The pillow compresses and expands with the pressure of your head, so you can adjust it to find the most comfortable position for your neck.
- Learn to Adapt to the New Time Zone
It doesn’t matter if the flight is a short one or a long one when you’re flying. The amount of time you spend on a plane is the same. However, when you get off your flight and walk out into the bright light of day, you must go through a whole new world. The first thing you notice is the change in time. In the air, your body has adapted to the time in which you’re travelling. However, once you land and walk out into the world, you must adapt to the new time since you were living in a different time zone when you boarded the plane, and you’re now living in a different time zone in the airport.
- Purchase Ticket Early
If you’re looking to go on a long-haul flight, you may want to consider booking your ticket as far in advance as possible. Of course, the best way to do this is to buy your ticket days or even weeks ahead of time. With the advent of smartphones and tablets, our lives have become increasingly mobile. Still, with the added security of knowing that your ticket is bought in advance, you can relax knowing that you don’t have to worry about finding a seat in the hours or days before your flight.
Planning your itinerary is a great way to save money, but it can also be stressful. And if you’re even remotely unsure of what to do, you might find that you take on more than you planned. To be prepared, you’ll need to know how to properly pack your bags and make the most of your time.