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1. Posted by hels82 (Full Member 96 posts) 9y

Hey-well I thought Id start a post on tips for those long haul flights!! I hate flying (I get sick and scared-to the extent im on valium and prescription anti sickness tablets!!) Despite this in the next 3 weeks im making tons of flights Melbourne-Hong Kong-London-Manchester-Portugal-Manchester-London-Hong Kong-Melbourne-Mooloolaba-Melbourne!

So what tips do people have??

How do you get comfy?

How do you avoid boredom?

Anyone managed a free upgrade?

Personally for me I have a pillow that is made out of the same stuff as bean bags-I find this comfier than a neck pillow! I also tend to have my bag at my feet so I can put my feet up on it-I have short legs!!

I drink tonic water and eat ginger biscuits to settle my stomach-lots of water too! I also get an aisle seat so I can stretch my legs out if I start to get cramped!

Havent found the answer to boredom yet-depends on the in flight entertainment and if I manage to sleep-which doesnt happen often!

Anyway thought this thread might be useful as lots of long haul flyers on here Im guessing!!


2. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 9y

I try to sleep a lot on long flights. I'd ask the counter staff nicely if she could make sure the seats next to me are empty so that I could stretch out, and I also make sure to ask for an aisle seat so that I can get up and walk around. I usually bring a book and my mp3 player with me, so that helps with killing time.

You can always strike up a conversation with the people sitting beside you, might be quite interesting.

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Hels82:)

So what tips do people have??
I try to get an aisle seat too, so I dont have to ask somebody to move, everytime I want to get up.

How do you get comfy?
Get good and tired, before the flight, so u sleep for a lot of the time and dont think too much about being comfortable.
An all night party or club, the night before will do it.
I also look around for empty seats, and if there is a row of them, I sleep on them.

How do you avoid boredom?
Save a book that u find particularly interesting, to read on the flight.

Anyone managed a free upgrade?
Never. And never tried either.


4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

Hi Hels

Ive done a few long haul flights at this stage. I can never really make up my mind if I prefer a window seat or an aisle seat. There's nothing worse than being trapped inside two other people and you dont want to bother them getting up and down, but if you want to sleep the window seat is a better choice.

I get into my PJs when night falls. I've gotten a few strange looks, it's true, but it's a fat lot more comfortable than sitting in your jeans for 20 hours or something! :) Get your shoes off too and put on some comfy socks (some of the airlines will provide those). Bring some make-up remover wipes and just freshen up every so often. You'll feel a lot better.

As for the boredom, I have never once found myself bored on a flight really. There are OODLES of movies to choose from, sitcoms, documentaries, music stations.
If you are a reader bring a good pageturner and just alternate between your book and the in-flight entertainment.

If you are lucky you'll end up sitting beside someone nice - but that's always a tricky one. Tread with caution If you start up a chat and the person is a TALKER then you've got then nattering on at you for the entire flight. I remember ending up beside this Peruvian guy who kept waking me up every time I nodded off with "Ebaleeen, look they are coming with food!" or "Ebaleeen, you like some more wine". He was a lovely guy but I just wanted to SLEEP!

As for the sleeping issue, if you happen to end up on a flight that isn't heavily booked, you might be lucky enough to spot three empty seats. Pop up the armrests, grab some pillows and stretch out. Happy days :) Doesn't often happen though.

5. Posted by dsguasc (Budding Member 27 posts) 9y


I know exactly what you mean!! (except for the valium part...) Travel tips for long flights... I think that would help alot of people!!


6. Posted by walkitwils (Budding Member 52 posts) 9y


Before you leave from home make sure you leave a leg of your trip unplanned . Bring some small maps/travel guides and pen and paper and plan that leg of the trip on the plane. This will surely pass some time and less monotamous than say trying to teach yourself card tricks or bringing hand puppets (well the latter could be fun).


Have a good haul!

7. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

My tip is: don't wait for the host/esses to come round with the booze and nibbles, get yourself to the galley and sort it out (within reason). I spent years getting frustrated with the frequency of the snack rounds before I realised that you could do this......

8. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

I try to sleep a lot on long flights even I am not sleepy.

9. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

There's no cure for all the boredom - just small reprieves from it. Bring a book that you know you'll love to read - I try to save up one or two that I'm itching to get to, as I know I'll be absorbed from the beginning. Music helps, and magazines, crosswords, a glimpse or two at the horrific movies, a walk up and down the aisle (although I HATE it when the same people keep using the aisle as their personal meeting spot - that's my headrest, people, not your elbow rest!).

In all honesty, though, unless you're one of those insta-sleepers, you're going to be bored for chunks at a time. Just try to focus on where you're going!

10. Posted by John999181 (Full Member 41 posts) 9y

I always prefer the window seat so I don't have to keep moving when people want to be out. I'd much rather I moved them, than them moving me while I was deciding to catch some sleep.

Regarding sleeping, it certainly passes the time though you have to keep track on the time difference as there is nothing worse than jet lag. I slept most of the way to Hong Kong and when I arrived, I was wide awake, yet it was late on at night and had to force myself to get to sleep only a few hours later. Though if you do decide to sleep, what I leant when spending a lot of time on greyhound buses throught out Australia, that you can never get comfortable, as you do when as if you were in your bed, so the best was is just to try your best, shut your eyes and just stay still. If you keep moving about trying to get comfy, its not going to happen, so just close your eyes, maybe listening to your mp3 player and day dream, keeping still until evenually you'll drift off. What you dont want is to be disturbed by the person sitting next to you wanting out, again, hence the window seat.

I always find a good book often passes the time. Try reading the first few chapters before taking the flight so that way, you are into the book and you'll not want to put it down. Nothing worse than trying to get into a book as you may get bored and give in.

Don't watch the in flight map which shows the plane etching over the countries below. Its like watching the clock tick by and will make your flight seem a lot longer.

A couple of beers or wines are always an option, though I don't look to go over board as I'm normally arriving in a Country, by myself, not knowing exactly where I'm going or what to expect so I like to be thinking straight and having my wits about me.

Good luck and enjoy....