Learn to take advantage of a long flight and arrive at the destination fresh, physically and mentally.
There are tricks to survive a transoceanic flight, where every detail has its importance: from what you do to what you wear for the flight (if you make your luggage well, the flight hours will not be so heavy). Read our tips and discover the best tricks to cope with long flights.
3. Dress appropriately
The time when people were getting to the point of flying is over. Today everyone flies, so stop worrying about what others think and … start worrying about going more comfortable.
Normally we dress by looking at two things: where we fly from and where we fly to. However, we all know that airplanes sometimes have a microclimate, and that complicates things. So what do I wear? The answer is simple: wear layers. Put on comfortable clothes and in several layers that you can put on or take off, depending on the temperature.
Do not forget to put a change of clothes in your suitcase so you can change and feel clean. With wearing underwear and a spare shirt will suffice. Another option is to take a pajama in the suitcase and change when you get on the plane.
Something simple and no frills: carry water (remember, buy it after passing the security check). Put a couple of bottles in the side pocket of your new beautiful hand bag, put another bottle inside and carry another bottle in your hand. Yes, on the plane they give you free water, but they give it to you in glasses that look like thimbles and you have to wait until the crew brings it to you.
The humidity during a flight falls to 20%, the normal thing in a house, for example, is that it is 30%. Your body will suffer unless you rehydrate it with H2O. Caffeine and alcohol will only make you dehydrate more, but since you’ll be on vacation, it’s still hard for you to resist the free drink they offer you on the plane. Well nothing, drink it quietly. But yes, before falling asleep, drink a couple of glasses of water. You’ll see how good you feel when you wake up.
5. What to eat
Something very curious happens when you fly. The combination of low humidity and low pressure causes the sensitivity of your taste buds to be reduced by 30%. If you add that your olfactory capacity is also lower, there is little hope left to enjoy the food.
The airlines do everything possible to counteract it. That is why they try to make the food well seasoned with spices and salt. However, if we add to our lower gustatory capacity the fact that mass produced food is overheated, it is normal that we do not remember airplane food as one of our best experiences. In addition, the menu is usually a dish low in protein and with few vegetables, but high in carbohydrates and sugar (although there was a study that showed that carbohydrate-rich food helps counteract jet lag). The good news is that you can take your own food, so make sure you have something to snack on that is healthy, like fruit, nuts or even jerky so that your body works during the transoceanic flight.
6. Leisure and entertainment
If you are lucky, you will have a good offer of movies, series and television programs on board. The titles range from classic movies to the latest blockbusters, so it’s likely that you spend a few hours entertaining watching the screen. But after a while, even the most interesting movie will close your eyes of fatigue.
To give you a break, try to find other ways to pass the time: read, it does not matter if it is on paper or in electronic book format (very useful if you want to travel for a long time, because it takes up less space). Another thing you can do to break the monotony is to change the movies and series for the games they offer on board.
If you have a demanding cinephile taste, do not forget to fill your tablet or phone with whatever you like and put the external battery in the suitcase!
7. Get out of the seat
Although it is tempting to sit in the seat and watch movies for 16 hours straight, it is not a good idea. When we fly, we have the risk of DVT (deep vein thrombosis) due to altitude. DVT involves the formation of a thrombus caused by the slow circulation of blood and can cause fatal diseases.
A very easy way to avoid DVT is to get out of your seat and move around a bit. Walk down the corridor, get to the back of the plane, squat, crouch and get up, and finally, stand on tiptoe and go up and down the soles of your feet. Another option is compression socks, which increase blood flow and reduce swelling. This way not only reduce the likelihood of suffering DVT, but also get the shoes fit and you can put them when you land.
8. Pack your bag with a head
First, get a good suitcase or backpack, which has many compartments and zipper pockets. Think about what you are going to take and where you are going to put it. A travel pillow, earplugs and a mask are the three basic elements to get a pleasant sleep during a flight. Then put a change, so you can change during the flight and you feel clean. Do not forget the brush and the toothpaste either. And finally, also put a moisturizer and a lip balm, they will help moisturize the skin after the long trip.
That said, we often have to adopt the weirdest yoga postures to get to what we need from the suitcase. That’s why we recommend that you put the things that you will need in the upper part, or in a separate pocket, so that you do not have to remove everything until you find that stopper that you were missing.
9. Plan the flight
Sometimes it helps to divide the flight into shorter periods of time. For example, on a 16-hour flight, you’ll need two hours to take off and land, and you only have 14 left. Surely there will be a couple of meals, another two hours, so you have 12 hours left. If we count that you sleep six, we reduce the flight to six hours. A couple of movies and a little exercise and … tachán, you’ve arrived!
If you have trouble sleeping on flights or have a project that you wanted to carry out for a long time, but you have not been able to do it yet, see if you can get it during the flight. For example, write a letter or presentation, or maybe that novel you’ve always wanted to write … you will not find a better opportunity to start it!
So while everyone is fighting to get off the plane with red eyes and loosening, you wake up fresh as a lettuce, so you will be a tad burdensome. But remember, if the planning has worked for you, do not forget to apply it to the flight back.
10. Do what you do every day
Do not take advantage of the excuse of being at 35,000 feet of altitude to be a pig. In fact, you should take care of your personal hygiene more than ever, after all you are surrounded by people in a limited space.
Wash your face (apply a moisturizer, even if you do not normally), brush your teeth, use deodorant, change your underwear … In short, do what you always do. It will help you to smell better, look better and feel better when you land.
Most people are annoyed by “the local time of destiny”. We recommend that you just get on the plane, change the time and synchronize with the destination. Start living according to that time slot, even if it means sleeping as soon as you get on the plane.