IMG_7711Traveling can be very exhausting, especially when being on a long-haul flight. A few tricks can help turn this flight into something a little more pleasant. Here are 5 helpful tips on how to survive a long-haul flight.

1. Stay hydrated
Humidity inside airplanes is very low which will cause dehydration if you do not drink enough. Being dehydrated can cause headaches, exhaustion and a higher chance to catch a virus. Flights are already exhausting enough, you don’t need the side effects of dehydration as well. Try to only drink water. Don’t drink alcohol because it is also dehydrating. Beverage service during flight migh not be as frequent as you would like it to be. During heavy turbulences they can’t serve beverages at all so be prepared and bring an empty water bottle with you. Refill it at a water dispenser (after going through security) or ask a flight attentend to refill it during your flight. You can always ask for a glass of water. You don’t have to wait until they start serving beverages again. Try not to drink coffee or any tea containing caffeine because this will make it harder for you to fall asleep.

2. Getting some sleep
Sleeping on a flight is easier said than done. However, it is possible if you come prepared. A sleeping mask can be a life saver because sun light and cabin lights will make it harder to fall asleep. Ear plugs can cut out any annoying noise. When trying to fall asleep you need as much comfort as possible. A neck pillow (I love the ones made out of memory foam) can come in very handy for that. It also gives support to your head and prevents neck pain. Also, you don’t want to wake up resting your head on your neighbors shoulder, do you?

3. Choosing your seat
Choose your seat wisely. Having chosen the wrong seat can turn your flight into a nightmare. If you aim to get as much sleep as possible, an aisle seat isn’t the best choice for you. People bumping into you when trying to walk around, your in-flight neighbors waking you up if they want to use the restroom are a guarantee to not getting enough sleep. On the other hand, if you don’t plan to sleep and would rather get up and walk around every hour this might just be the right seat for you. You’ll also have a little more leg room since you can use parts of the aisle. However, if you want to sleep you should choose a window seat because you have a window to lean onto and you are less likely to get disturbed. Check out Seatguru to find a seat that suits your needs. When checking in at the airport you can also ask for a seat with more legroom. If you are lucky there is still one available.

4. Entertainment
Check the inflight entertainment beforehand. If there aren’t any movies that intereset you, bring your own entertainment. Good music on your phone/ipod and a handheld console can help you . You also want to bring your own headphones. Flight attendents always collect the ones offered by the airline before landing. That can be very annoying if you are in the middle of watching a movie.

5. Comfortable clothes
Wearing skinny jeans and tight shoes might not be the best idea when being on a plane. Due to the low cabin pressure your hands, feet and legs usually start swelling a bit. Being trapped inside a skinny jeans when your legs are swollen isn’t very comfortable (believe me, I’ve been there). Tight clothes can restrict blood flow which could lead to vein thrombosis.