No matter how you slice it, a long plane flight is rarely an enjoyable experience. Whether you’re sitting in economy or business class, a 10-hour flight is exactly that, a 10-hour flight. With that said, there are a handful of things you can do to make your time in the air a whole lot better. Check out some of our go-to travel hacks…
1. Snacks On A Plane (see what we did there)
One of our favorite tips is to bring your own snacks. On long-haul flights you’re usually given a meal or two, but what about the in-between? Things like beef jerky, almonds and dried fruit are small and easy to carry on. In addition, by bringing your own snacks you can allow yourself to control what you eat and make some healthy choices during the flight.
2. Wipe Everything Down
While 20A might be YOUR seat for the next 10 hours, just remember how many people sat there before you. As soon as you sit down, pull out an antibacterial hand wipe and get wiping! From tray tables, to armrests and entertainment screens, you’ll want to make sure you’ve removed as many germs as you can before you take off. Nothing is worse than landing in a new country with a case of the sniffles.
3. Neck Pillow, Ear Plugs & Eye Mask
Consider this trio another part of your “travel essentials.” A neck pillow can prove to be a complete game-changer. We’ve all balled up our jacket or used our neighbor’s shoulder as a pillow. Make the small investment and get yourself a comfy neck pillow, it will make all the difference. Once you’ve got the neck pillow dialed in, you can really step your game up with ear plugs and an eye mask. As for ear plugs, we suggest getting the silicon type, they block out considerably more noise than the regular foam ones.
4. Put A Refresh Pack In Your Carry-On
As you throw your iPad and headphones into your carry on, think about a few other less obvious essentials to make your trip a little better. After 10+ hours on a plane, it’s only natural to feel a little gross. So here’s your quick fix! Pack a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wipes, mouthwash and a change of clothes. When you’re about an hour out from landing, head to the bathroom with your bag and come out feeling so fresh and so clean!
5. Stretch & Walk Around
Anyone who’s taken a long flight knows that you have to get up and walk around at some point during the flight. As you sit there in your seat, your muscles get stiff, your back gets sore and you suddenly become extremely uncomfortable. One of the best ways to avoid this is to walk to the back of the plane and find a little bit of open space for a few stretches. Now you don’t need to roll out your yoga mat for 60 minutes of downward dog, but pick out 2-3 stretches that will loosen up your lower back and shoulders.
6. Stay Hydrated
One of the easiest and best ways to feel like a champ on these overseas flights is to stay hydrated. As tempting as it is to have a few cocktails or beers, alcohol can be a big contributor to jet lag. So ditch the booze and focus on water!