Flying used to be an exciting adventure – rather than just mere survival – especially for long haul flights. The reality of the airline industry is centered on functionality, as they cut personal space to add more seats, and reduce service in the main cabin.
This has led to a test of endurance – a test that I want to help you pass with “flying” colors. With some advance planning, your long haul international flight doesn’t have to be a 10+ hour nightmare in a horribly cramped prison-like seat.
In my last post, Surviving the Long Haul Journey: Choosing Your Flight, I shared how your flight selection can have a large impact on your flight experience. In this post, I share my tried and true In-Flight Survival Tips.
Financial disclosure: I have no connections with any of the named entities discussed in this article.
Dressing for Success
Wear comfortable clothes, and dress in layers. Airplanes can be very cold while in-flight, but very warm on the ground before the engines are running. To be comfortable in both scenarios, dress in layers.
Be prepared for the air conditioning system to not operate as expected. Your ideal temperature may not be everyone else’s ideal temperature. We were once on an international flight on a very warm plane. I had worn a long sleeve shirt as my base layer, and I could not get comfortable the whole flight. Lesson learned.
Your travel outfit should double as pajamas, but still look presentable. Please do not be that person wearing inappropriate sleepwear on board! You could change into your pajamas onboard, but that increases your carry-on luggage bulk.
If you have two people traveling Continue reading Surviving the Long Haul Journey: In-Flight Survival Tips (Part 1)