How to Survive a
L-o-n-g Overseas Flight


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How to Survive a
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by Taj Bates

I avoid layovers like the plague.

I’m not a fan of racing through one terminal to catch a shuttle to another terminal in order to catch my next flight because my first flight was running late.

Or waiting around for hours on end for a connecting flight that is delayed for any number of reasons.

And I’m certainly not a fan of having to go through airport security in a country where I’m literally just passing through.

So, whenever I can get a direct flight, I take it. Which means that when I fly overseas, I often find myself on long-haul flights wherein I’m in the air for half a day or longer.

I’ve gotten used to them over the years and there are certain things I do—and you can too!—to make the flight as comfortable, healthful and enjoyable as humanly possible.




STEP 1


Choose Comfort Over Couture




STEP 1


Choose Comfort
Over Couture

When I see someone wearing a fancy outfit… or a short skirt… or blue jeans whilst boarding a long-haul flight, I shake my head.

Because there is a good chance that, at some point during the flight, they will feel like they are being hugged by an ice-cold boa constrictor.

The #1 way to survive a long flight is to dress
like you’re watching a movie marathon on your
sofa during a snowstorm.

Wear loose-fitting clothing that will keep you nice and warm throughout the flight, especially when the sun is on siesta and the temperature drops.

Staying warm is important not just for the sake of comfort, but also to decrease your chance of getting sick (planes are a petri dish of germs and illness-inducing conditions).



STEP 2


Eat, Sleep, Repeat




STEP 2


Eat, Sleep, Repeat

During a long-haul flight, your body is coping with changing time zones, less oxygen to the brain, cruising speeds of 500+ mph (800+ kph), et. al.

The best way to offset these abnormal conditions is to eat and sleep during your flight.

In doing so, you will gift yourself with greater energy and decreased jet lag when you land.

Many long haul flights take place overnight—either night into day or day into night.




STEP 3


Bring a Pillow, Bottle & Plugs




STEP 3


Bring a Pillow,
Bottle & Plugs

Pillow

Airline pillows are a joke. They’re thin, tiny and scruffy.

If you don’t have a quality travel pillow, you should definitely invest in one. Your neck, cheeks and ears will be ever so grateful!

My go-to is the XpresSpa RESERSaPILLOW, a microbead, 2-in-1 pillow that is comfy and can morph from a neck pillow to a square-shaped one in seconds. I also wrap my pillow in a pillowcase for added softness and hygenic protection.




STEPS 4 & 5


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STEPs 4 & 5


View 2 More Tips in the App



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STEP 4


Walk the Aisles




STEP 4


Walk the Aisles



If you love your legs and don’t want them to swell up painfully during or after your trip, then be sure to walk the aisles regularly when you’re on a long-haul flight.

The longer the flight, the longer you sit, which heightens your risk of getting a blood clot in your leg—a.k.a., deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

When you’re walking around, your calf muscles are regularly contracting, which helps maintain blood circulation in your lower leg.

Yet, when your legs remain still for extended periods of time, your blood circulation slows and this can sometimes lead to DVT, which can prove fatal if one or more blood clots make their way to your lungs.



STEP 5


Pack a Variety of Entertainment Options




STEP 5


Pack a Variety of Entertainment Options



You stow away your carry-on, settle into your seat and buckle in.

Your game plan? To wile the hours by watching a bunch of movies and TV shows on the in-flight entertainment center (IFE) in front of you.

You touch the screen and… nothing happens.

You, my friend, have been cursed with an out of order IFE on a long-haul flight that’s completely full.

This rarely happens, but on the off-chance it ends up happening to you, be sure to bring reinforcements:





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