10 Tips To Help You Survive A Long Haul Flight
Being trapped in an airborne metal tube for hours on end will take a toll on even the most frequent flyer.
But long haul travel doesn’t have to be an uncomfortable experience. Here are some helpful tricks that’ll make economy feel like first class — or in the very least, more enjoyable
Choose Your Food Carefully
One study found that carb-rich foods such as spaghetti, whole grain bread, and oatmeal make it easier to cope with jet lag. According to the study, higher levels of insulin make it easier to transition from one sleep and eating schedule to another. Carb-rich foods help induce insulin secretion, which is why they may be helpful in preventing (or minimizing) jet lag.
Being hungry when you’re on the ground is uncomfortable enough, but at least you can run out and grab a snack. Hunger on a plane means either caving in and buying the outrageously expensive snacks on board, or sitting there and waiting till the next meal is served — if meals are being served.
Your best bet is to bring protein-rich snacks that will keep you feeling full longer. Think almonds, peanut butter and crackers, cheese, yogurt, or even protein bars.
While there’s no magic number in terms of how much water to drink on a flight, health experts usually recommend drinking more than you normally do, seeing as air travel is incredibly dehydrating. Continue drinking throughout flight; don’t wait until you’re thirsty to ask the flight attendant for some water.
Wear Comfortable, Loose-Fitting Clothing
While sweatpants shouldn’t be your go-to travel attire, it is a good idea to wear more comfortable loose clothing on a flight — especially a long one. For men, this can mean a pair of jeans and a T-shirt; woman might want to try leggings and a sweater.
Bring a Neck Pillow
Sure, they’re not the hottest accessory out there, but your neck will thank you. Plus, being physically comfortable will improve your general well being, and is likely to help you sleep.
Bring Noise Canceling Headphones or Earplugs
The ambient roar of a plane’s engine (and background noise in general) is said to cause stress. Noise cancelling headphones or ear plugs will not only block out that noise, but also block out other sounds that will keep you awake, like crying babies and flight attendants who are trying to serve a meal.
Bring An Eye Mask
It’s not the most flattering look when you’re flying, but blocking out light helps with jet lag, as light affects your circadian rhythm. It also mentally prepares you for sleep, and blocks out the early breakfast wake up on long-haul flights.
Wear Compression Socks
Compression socks will help you avoid “economy class syndrome,” aka swollen feet and ankles, leg pain, and even blood clots and deep vein thrombosis that one gets from being seated or in the same position for too long.
Bring Your Own Entertainment
This is a no-brainer, but bring enough books, magazines, games, and movies to keep yourself busy instead of relying on the possibly terrible in-flight movie and shelling out $5 for headphones. Reading material is imperative, as there will be at least an hour between take off and landing during which you can’t use your electronics or watch movies.
Charge Devices and Bring An Extra Power Pack
Traveling drains your phone’s battery — while you’re waiting, you’re probably playing games, texting, or checking weather, traffic, or delays. Make sure your phone and iPad are fully charged before you leave, or, bring some extra juice in the form of a power pack.
Article source: Business Insider