5 Ways To Survive A Long Haul Flight

It's a fact you just can't get away from: if you want to see the world, you're going to have to clock up some air miles from time to time. Even in the decadent luxury of a Flying Reimagined flight by Etihad, our London Travel Managers know that sometimes, a long flight can be a drag you can't wait to forget.  But we also have a few smart tricks up our sleeves to make those eight hours whiz by.

1. Stay Active

It isn't healthy to be sat in the same seat for hour after hour, and even though you have limited space you should make the most out of it. Sitting in one position can increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis to dangerous levels, so moving around should be an essential part of your journey.

Generally a long haul flight will have a larger plane, so you should have more than enough space to move around. Consider having a chat with the cabin crew as well. They're on the plane for the same amount of time as you, so you'll find them to be friendly. A lot of them have amazing travel stories, so it can be a great idea to spend a bit of time just hearing about what they have to say.

2. Provide Your Own Entertainment

In the modern world, bringing a tablet device is a must – but remember to prep it properly before you get on-board.

Be sure to download any music or films you know will keep you entertained. Even with the massive improvements to in-flight entertainment over the past 10 years, having your own device with your own apps, games, music and audiobooks is a sure way to make your flight easier.

If you love to read, Kindles are also great for a long haul flight for a few reasons. They're specially designed to be easier to read than a tablet screen, their battery life is far superior and they're much lighter than books, which will help your hand luggage capacity.

3. Bring Toiletries with You

Many airlines offer complimentary toiletries for first and business class customers. Even so, our Travel Managers always recommend bringing along your favourite essentials. A toothbrush in particular can be a welcome home comfort on a long flight!

A moisturiser is also an inflight essential if not provided. As we all know, the air is very dry in the pressured cabins and your skin can dry out remarkably quickly. Just made sure you carry less than 100ml.

4. Use Ear Plugs and Eye Mask

On premium seats, ear plugs and sleeping masks really are there for you to use. If you have never tried to use them before, you will probably be pleasantly surprised at how much easier it can be to drift off in a light, humming cabin when using them both. Give it a go!

5. Bring a Jumper or an Extra Blanket

When traveling to a warm destination, it's easy to overlook how cold cabins can get, 40,000 ft in the air. Many airlines provide blankets – some of them beautiful designer fabrics – for their first and business class customers. But nothing beats the familiarity of a cosy jumper when you're in an unfamiliar aeroplane.

Our Travel Managers are always looking for ways to make your journeys more comfortable, enjoyable and unforgettable. From take-off to touchdown and beyond, trust Simplexity with your travel today. Call 0203 535 9390 or email info@simplexitytravel.com to start your journey. 

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