How to make a long haul flight comfortable

How to make a long haul flight comfortable?



Who doesn't love traveling, right? Some like to explore hidden gems in a particular country while some like to go on Europe tours, tours of various countries etc. To travel to the places we want to explore, all of us have to suffer being stuffed up for hours in a "metal tube" within a confided space. Most of us chose to travel on a budget and fly cheap, so we prefer booking economy class air tickets. After all, everybody does not have a privilege to travel on business class unless we get lucky enough to get an upgrade! But, traveling in economy class in a long distance flight can be difficult and uncomfortable especially because of the shrinkable amount of legroom space that some airlines offer. Fortunately by following the below mentioned tips, you can travel with utmost comfort even in economy class:

1) Chose the right seating 
If you are an introvert or if you simply enjoy your privacy, check whether the airline is full before booking your ticket, so that you can chose a row where there are free seats beside you. Also, book your seat according to your comfort. That is decide whether you want to sit on an aisle seat or a window seat. Make your choice carefully.

2) Do not go on an empty stomach
Traveling on an empty stomach makes you more susceptible to motion sickness. So, try to eat something 30-45 minutes before you board the plane. Even if you are not hungry, have a light snack or some green juice. Also, pack some sandwiches, fruits or nuts if your meals aren't included in your flight ticket or if you simply do not like eating food that the airlines provide.

3) Drink Enough water
Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. The airlines might not allow you to carry any kind of liquid with you but you can carry an empty water bottle and fill it after the security check is done. Don't drink alcohol or soda before you fly. 

4) Get your own entertainment
Sometimes, you might not like the selection of movies or shows that the airlines offer. So, it is better that you download the series or movies that you like on your devices or carry books to read. You can even take your eBook reader eg, Kindle. 

5) Carry your own Travel kit
To have a comfortable travel and to maintain personal hygiene, carry your own neck pillow, noise cancelling headphones, eye mask, ear plugs, compressed socks, wipes, first aid kit, silk scarf, moisturizers, lip balms etc. Compressed socks help increase circulation and reduce the risk of swelling of veins and muscles. 

6) Buckle your seat belt over your blanket
The flight attendants often ask the passengers to keep their seat belt on even after the takeoff. You should fasten the seat belt over your draped blanket in case if there is turbulence and the flight is rocking, your blanket will not fall off and you can have uninterrupted sleep.


7) Keep your travel essentials at one place
Store all your necessary travel items in one place secured so that they don't go missing or get disassembled. Use packing cubes for storing them if you can. 

8) Wear Comfortable clothing
Chose to dress wisely. Dress for comfort and not for fashion. Keep your clothing light and lose. Wear breathable and stretchy clothing. You can wear all the vacation worthy dresses once you reach your destination. But keep the styling minimal for airplane travel. Most importantly do not wear makeup and carry an eye roller, moisturizer and sanitizer. Do not apply strong perfumes or deodorants and avoid using con tact lenses, simply wear your glasses. 

9) Prefer wearing comfortable footwear
If there is less legroom space on your selected airline, wear comfortable shoes or slippers that are not much large in size and are soft, otherwise your feet can swell or you can even get blood clots. Avoid wearing leather/rubber boots, heels, wedges, pumps etc. 

10) Politely ask for an upgrade
If you feel like the plane is empty or you feel uncomfortable at your seat, do not hesitate to ask the cabin crew to change your seat. Who knows, sometime they might even shift you to business class! This can be done if you are travelling solo. If you are fed up of kids crying or making noise, you can try using the Bose Headphones;

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11) Walk around 
If there is no turbulence, you can walk towards the washroom once or twice. Do not sit at once place for the whole time. Keep stretching and do not sit still for hours as it results in muscle ache, stiffness in your neck, headache and cramps. 

12) Avoid screens before sleeping
We all know that electronic devices emit blue light and radiations. Exposure to that light prevents you from getting a nice, long sleep. If you have insomnia, get a Sleep Aid. A sleep aid includes tablets like Unisom, Melatonin, Lavender, Glycine, Valerian, Dyphenhydramine etc. (Warning: Do not take these tablets without consulting your doctor). Get a little rest on the long flight and most importantly set your watch according to the local time of the place you are traveling to. 

Turkish Airlines always provide meals that are included in your flight tickets and even on short domestic flights, light snacks are offered. By far, I think Turkish Airlines is the best choice for travelling on long flights in economy class. You can even find different YouTube vlogs on the food review of Turkish Airlines.

Here are some facts about flights for you:

According to my google search, the longest flight in the world is the Singapore Airline's direct flight from Singapore to Newark, New Jersey, USA which is of about 18 hours and 30 minutes with a distance of 9,534 miles.

The shortest flight in the world is between two Scottish islands that is between Westray and Papa Westray near the mainland of Orkney which just lasts for 57 seconds and is used by local islanders.

The cheapest flight in the world is an $11 one way Ryanair flight from Warsaw to Brussels.

The most expensive flight in the world is Etihad airline's New York to Abu Dhabi one way flight for 14 hours which can cost you upto $32,000!

Hope you can travel comfortably in economy class by following the tips provided above. Have a happy time traveling! But for now, stay home and stay safe. 





64 comments:

  1. Wow, Really informative. Well done! :)

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  2. Definitely agree with drinking enough water. I'm always dehydrated after long-haul flights! Great list, thanks.

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  3. Great post! It is very useful to me!

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  4. Some really good tips here, thank you for sharing! Hopefully we'll be able to be travelling and flying again soon!

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, hope to start travelling asap.

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  5. A fifty seven second flight is a short flight! One could literally blink and it would be over.

    I was on a plane for sixteen hours for my flight to Australia last year, and having all my things in one place made it so easy to reach for what I needed. I am guilty of taking off my shoes once take-off was over . . . but getting up and walking the aisle definitely made sitting back down easier.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  6. These are such great tips! Can you believe I haven't ever even been on a flight before though?! I am hoping to go on one soon, once all this craziness dies down so I will remember this post. Thanks for sharing.
    -Charity https://morningsonmacedonia.com

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    1. Hope you get your first flight experience very soon! Thank you for your comment!

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  7. Great facts listed here, I still recall my flight classes where we used to discuss about long hauls. I personally always ask for window seat xx

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    1. Same, I prefer the window seat too! Thankyou for your comment.

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  8. Helpful tips for frequent travellers!
    I generally sleep a lot during my flights. It helps me fight jet lag. And books keep me company :)

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  9. Some really good tips here. It's be a good few years since I went on a long haul flight and I remember it all too well!
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    www.philippaclaire.com

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  10. I can't sleep when I travel so it's all about having multiple entertainment options for me. As long as I have a book or two and I've picked some shows or movies, I'm set. I need comfortable clothes and always travel with a blanket scarf to wrap around me too, I'm always freezing on the plane x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. I know, sleeping on a plane can be uncomfortable. I often start feeling cold in a plane after a few hours of sitting still. Thanks for commenting!

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  11. Great tips! I definitely learned the hard way when it came to consuming water on a flight. I flew to Japan, a 11-12 hour flight, barely drank anything and watched movies/played video games a majority of the time. I had the worst migraine! DRINK WATER PEOPLE!!

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    1. Haha staying hydrated is the key to have a safe and happy flight! Glad to hear about your experience. Thanks for commenting!

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  12. Thanks for the tips, I love to travel but get really uncomfortable sitting on planes for so long. I like the idea of having your own travel kit. And a definitely like to dress comfy on flights. I even like to wear shoes that are easy to slide off. One thing I'd also add is have a jacket. I always freeze on planes, even with one!

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    1. Yeah, I forgot about the jacket, I usually carry a hoodie/jacket with me so that I don't feel cold. Thank you for reminding me!

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  13. Wearing comfortable clothing is such an important factor for me when travelling on a longer flight!

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  14. Great post!! I had so many flights the last year, if only I knew these tips!!

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  15. I've never been on a long haul flight but these are amazing tips to consider if/when I do! It's so important to make sure you get up and walk around every now and again - I agree. You don't want to risk something even scarier, like a blood clot!

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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    1. Yeah blood clots can ruin your whole journey. Thank you for your comment!

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  16. Thank you for these tips and I enjoyed reading the trivia that you shared too. That's crazy how the shortest flight is 57 seconds! hahaha

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  17. Great tips. I always pack a pair of cosy slipper socks for a long haul flight so when I'm not moving about I can take my shoes off and put those on!

    Lauren | https://www.laurenyloves.co.uk/

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  18. Thanks for sharing these great tips! Sleeping - or even being comfortable - on a long haul flight is usually something I find difficult, I'll be sure to keep your advice in mind next time I'm on a long haul!

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  19. These are some super helpful tips for long flights! Great idea about buckling the seat belt OVER a blanket! I'll have to remember these next time I'm flying. Thanks for sharing! - Briana at Next Destination Unknown | https://nextdestinationunknown.com/

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  20. My husband and I want to go to London within the next couple years (Long flight from Chicago), so I will be keeping these tips in mind. Thanks for sharing them!

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    1. Hope your trip to London will be smooth and easy! Thank you for your comment!

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  21. Love the tips. I think I've only ever got an upgrade once and that's usually me asking when I check in..do you usually ask when you are on the plane? I travel alot and totally agree with all your tips. I tend to eat before I get on the plane and when I'm on, think I need to stop eating haha. Thanks again ��

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    1. Usually when I board the plane, I check whether it is full or there are still seats left. If the economy class is full, and no one is ready to give up their seats, the cabin crew have no other option to shift you to comfort/buisness class. Thank you for your comment!

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  22. I think the longest I've been on was an 8-hour travel, which I know is quite short, as compared to those who travel for 12 hours or more. Still, that felt pretty long for me. Thanks for these tips. I think I shall always travel with a book or my reader to at least keep myself entertained during the long haul.

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    1. 8 hours is still long! Glad you liked it. Thank you for your comment!

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  23. Such good tips! I especially agree with bringing your own entertainment as well as wearing comfortable clothing!

    bossbabechroniclesblog.com

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  24. Great post! This is very useful for future flights.

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  25. Excellent travel tips - some new ones for me for my next trip!

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  26. It is so important to plan properly for those long haul flights! The last thing you want to do is being in a tough situation because you didn't prepare properly. Oooh I am big on entertainment! Always bringing multiple things for my own sanity. YESS on wearing comfortable clothing and footwear! You'll be in a cramped spot for a while. Thanks for sharing all of these fun facts!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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  27. Hi! I'm used to traveling long haul flights. I say yes for a comfortable footwear (I just can't understand why some people wear high heels/stilletos); i always prefer aisle seats so that I can easily move around and I take some walks during flights. I love the unlimited beverages from the regular airlines, I don't know if this will change with the cost cutting measures due to the pandemic. Take care!

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    1. Same here, comfortable shoes really help a lot. Thank you for your comment!

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  28. Great tips, I'm not the bestt flyer so these thongs definitely make me more relaxes, standing up and have a walk is helpful for me and the food makes the time go so much quicker. I second that turkish airlines is great, the food and service is always top class ��

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    1. Walking helps reduce the possibility of blood clots. Thank you for commenting. Have a great day ahead!

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  29. Comfortable clothing on flights is a must for me! I think that's what keeps me sane :P

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    1. Same here! Thank you for your comment! Have a nice day :)

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  30. We've been on a couple of long flights. We also wear comfy clothes, bring books or music (I like to listen to podcasts), and bring our own snacks. To avoid too much jet lag & save money, we've started looking for cheaper flights that are closer to our destination. We spend a few days sight-seeing in that location, then hop on a cheap, short flight to our real destination.

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    1. We prefer booking cheap flights and visiting nearby destinations too. Thank you for your comment! Have a great day :-)

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  31. These are some really helpful tips! Staying hydrated and your skin hydrated I think is important. Thank you for sharing.

    Lauren | www.bournemouthgirl.com

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  32. I've never traveled but this would be a very helpful post whenever I do! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you for your comment. ❤️ Hopefully you will get to travel very soon. Have a great day :)

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