15 Tips to Survive a Long-Haul Flight

Traveling around the world can require being on some long flights. And those long, international flights can take a toll on your body.  There is no magic pill for enjoying a long-haul flight in economy.  But I will teach you how to survive it. These tips will help you get through your long-haul journey with ease and comfort.

Here are my 15 survival tips for long-haul flights!

  1. Water bottle- Staying hydrated throughout the flight is very important! Pack a reusable water bottle to save on costs. Kindly ask the flight attendant to fill your water bottle when they are serving beverages. Staying hydrated will increase your energy, help prevent headaches and dry skin, and aid the digestive health.

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  2. Lotion- Sometimes when I am on flights during the winter months my hands get dry no matter how much water I consume, so having a little bottle of lotion is always a lifesaver.

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  3. Ear plugs- If there are ever screaming kids or loud talkers on your flight, don’t let them disturb your peace and have some ear plugs handy. Ear plugs will also help light sleepers catch a few z’s on the flight.

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  4. Slip on shoes- When I am on a long flight, I take my shoes off and put big fluffy socks on. I have no shame in my game, I am aiming for extreme comfort. Wearing slip on shoes makes it easier for you to pop them back on if you need to hit the bathroom and effortless to put back on when the plane lands. Slip on shoes also help make going through security a breeze when you have to remove your shoes to be scanned.

  5. Sleep mask- If your neighbor on the flight wants to read with a light on and you are trying to sleep, having a sleep mask helps block out all the light. Those plus the ear plugs makes it so much easier to get a decent amount of sleep on a flight.

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  6. Thick socks- Like I stated above, I love to rock my thick fluffy socks on my long-haul flights. If it’s chilly on the plane, having the thick socks on your feet helps you trap heat in your body and stay warm.

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  7. Inflatable neck pillow- I personally find the inflatable pillows to be more comfortable than the beanbag pillows. They also don’t take up space when deflated, as opposed to the beanbag ones, and they allow you to adjust and inflate the pillow to “your” size. They’re easy to set up, to deflate and to store. Take advantage of the provided airline pillow by placing it behind your back to relieve pressure on your lower back.

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  8. Snacks- Packing snacks from home is another easy way to cut down on costs when traveling. This will also help you eat healthy on the flight. I try to avoid heavy foods (pasta, pizza, greasy foods) in flight– you’re not burning many calories by sitting on your butt for hours on end.  I suggest a bag of almonds or a protein bar of some kind that is easy to pack, easy to eat and easy to dispose of. If you want to keep your neighbors happy, don’t pack anything with a strong smell.

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  9. Blanket- I pack a small blanket in my carry-on bag because I seem to get cold on my flights no matter what and a blanket helps me go to sleep.

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  10. Exercise before your flight- Exercising pre-flight will allow you to expend some energy, making it much easier for you to sleep on your flight.

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  11. Charge all of your devices- I always make sure my phone, wireless headphones, and external battery are all charged before I fly. If there happens to be no plugins on the flight, having them charged a head of time will be your saving grace.

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  12. Dress comfortably-  Airplanes seem to fluctuate between warm and stuffy, to absolutely freezing. Based on that fact alone, it is important to wear comfortable layers that can easily regulate your comfort during flight. The comfier you feel, the easier it will be for you to relax and fall asleep.

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  13. Download movies/TV shows to watch on the flight- Some airplanes offer lots of free entertainment, but some offer none at all. Download movies and/or TV shows on to your phone or tablet ahead of time just in case. I always download movies on my Netflix app on my phone and even downloaded offline versions just in case there is no Wi-Fi. If your flight is going over the ocean, you most likely will not have Wi-Fi.
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  14. Take a sleep aid- Nothing makes time pass quicker than a good sleep and if you have issues sleeping on planes like me, a sleep aid will do the trick.  It’s a great way to adjust your sleep schedule to your destination and there’s no downside to getting as much sleep as possible.

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  15. Bring all the essential toiletries- I always carry-on my toiletries in case I want to freshen up on the flight. Brushing your teeth and washing your face before landing will give you the refresh you need to start your trip on a strong note.

    My essential kit usually looks like this:

    • Deodorant
    • Toothbrush & toothpaste
    • Personal/ facial wipes
    • Lotion
    • Tissues
    • Lavender essential oil
    • Body spray
    • Dry shampoo
    • Lip Balm
    • Hand Sanatizer

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And there you have it.  My tried-and-true tips for surviving those awful, long flights. I hope this helps you on your next flight! Do you have any great tips for what to take on long haul flights, and how to survive them? Scroll down to leave a comment!

2 thoughts on “15 Tips to Survive a Long-Haul Flight

  1. Love the tip to exercise before your flight to burn some energy. I hadn’t thought about that before but makes sense and would be especially helpful on those super long flights!

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